Analysis Of One Day Too Long By Timothy N. Castle

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In his book, “One Day Too Long,” Timothy N. Castle talks about one of the Vietnam War's most closely guarded secrets. Castle writes about a highly classified U.S. radar base in the mountains of neutral Laos. Within this base, 11 military personnel disappeared with the government never fully mentioning how or why they did. Timothy N. Castle had many experiences with the Vietnam War. He had served two tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Also Castle has traveled to Laos ever since the 1900’s to work as a researcher for the Department of Defense. Castle is a senior in that department and he also works as a consultant for NBC News. Castle is a senior researcher at the CIA Center. Castle has another job worth mentioning as he teaches …show more content…

Castle also uses many interviews with surviving military personnel from the war to tell the story as well.
In the beginning of the book, Castle explains to his readers about the Vietnam War. He tells us about his experiences with the war and how he views the American Government. Castle introduces us to Tom Clancy which is the main character of the whole book. The book focuses on the Battle of Lima Site 85, which is also called Battle of Phou Pha Thi. This battle was fought during the Vietnam War. The battle was waged between the Vietnam People’s Army and the Pathet Lao. They were fighting against the airmen of the United States Air Force 1st Combat Evaluation Group. The battle was fought on Phou Pha Thi mountain in Houaphanh Province, Laos, on 10 March 1968. During the Vietnam War and the Laotian Civil War, Phou Pha Thi mountain was an important strategic outpost which had served both sides at various stages of the conflict. In 1966, the United States Ambassador to Laos approved a plan by the United States Air Force (USAF) to construct a TACAN site on top of Phou Pha Thi, as at the time they lacked a navigation site with sufficient range to guide U.S. bombers towards their targets in North Vietnam. Of the 18 men at the base, 7 escaped, 2 were killed, and 9 remain missing. Accounting for the missing was complicated by subsequent American bombing of the site and by the fact that American officials were reluctant to publicize US

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