Andrew R. Finlayson


Finlayson, Andrew R. [COL/USMC (Ret.)] Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967–1968. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

From publisher: "The leader of one of the most successful U. S. Marine long range reconnaissance teams during the Vietnam War, Andrew Finlayson recounts his team's experiences in the year leading up to the Tet Offensive of 1968. Using primary sources, such as Marine Corps unit histories and his own weekly letters home, he presents a highly personal account of the dangerous missions conducted by this team of young Marines."

[MI/Marines/To89; Vietnam/Gen]

Finlayson, Andrew R. [COL/USMC (Ret.)]

1. Marine Advisors with the Vietnamese Provincial Reconnaissance Units, 1966–1970. Quantico, VA: USMC History Division, 2009.

From publisher: "This narrative is a combination of experience, research, and reflection. While other journalistic or academic accounts have been published, this is a narrative of participants." The PRUs "used a small cadre of Marines providing leadership, training, and combat support for large numbers of indigenous troops, and in so doing, capitalized on the inherent strengths of each."

2. "A Retrospective on Counterinsurgency Operations: The Tay Ninh Provincial Reconnaissance Unit and Its Role in the Phoenix Program, 1969-70." Studies in Intelligence 51, no. 2 (2007): 59-69. []

The author offers "a snapshot in time and place," which "represents a picture of the way one important and highly effective aspect of Phoenix worked in the years immediately after the 1968 Tet offensive. It is the story of a single operational unit that was part of the larger, country-wide action element of the Phoenix program -- the Provincial Reconnaissance Units (PRUs)."

3. Rice Paddy Recon: A Marine Officer's Second Tour in Vietnam, 1968-1970. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.

Camp, Proceedings 141.6 (Jun. 2015), notes that the author's assignments included with the CIA as a PRU advisor in Tay Ninh Province. As an operations officer, "he was responsible for the employment of small teams into the enemy's backyard to collect tactical intelligence.... [H]e tears apart the myth that the [Phoenix] program was nothing more than an assassination effort."

For Charles D., Studies 59.2 (Jun. 2015), "Rice Paddy Recon should appeal to those interested in Vietnam and Marine Corps history. The book has unique value as a history of a CIA paramilitary operation in Vietnam, and it deserves a place on the bookshelves of today's CIA paramilitary officers."

[MI/Marines/To89; Vietnam/Phoenix]

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