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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Authors Press (May 5, 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 178 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643148338

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643148335

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches

“This is a must-read if you love history about war. The author was able to recount the many harrowing and chilling details during those times in the Vietnam War. You will be awed by the dedication and service and loyalty of these brave soldiers.***” — Scarlett Smith


“This is the perfect book for those who enjoy non-fictional reads, especially those that enjoy a mixture of history, culture, and war-driven memoirs and non-fiction narratives. As a fan of history and someone who is always interested in learning more about the events that have shaped our world, I thought the way the author not only included specific moment and experiences from the war itself, but some knowledge of the countryside, the customs and even the various belief systems occurring with the nation at that time. Phenomenal job!” — roberto 0321

Daniel M. DeWald was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division from August 1969 to August 1970. He had the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served as a combat platoon leader. As a result of the war, he received commendation medals. He received the Bronze Star for Valor (BSV) for saving the company commander and 4 others under hostile fire conditions by conducting an orderly withdrawal from the conflict. He also received a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster during a joint operation with ARVN (Army South Vietnam). In addition, he received the Air Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s badge, and others.

He received an MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio, and a BS degree from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. He worked for many blue-chip companies, and then served as a consultant in supply chain activities. He currently resides in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

Grey Feathers

Led by Love of Country


By: Daniel DeWald

Grey Feathers is the story of a combat platoon leader’s role and responsibilities in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. The story is derived from the countless after-action reports, personal observations and experiences, interviews, and 4th division magazine articles about this period of the Vietnam War.

The unit served was the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, which was a highly decorated unit marked by a cloverleaf symbol of the 4th Division. It was nicknamed “the Braves.”

In 1967 when the unit was transferred to the border of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the unit’s main supply route in the field was highway 19, a road frequently ambushed and mined to hamper resupply efforts. The term grey feather was given to each man who served unselfishly in the unit, because all were battle-tested and watched each other’s back during conflict. It created a sense of calling and a satisfaction to serve. Battle scenes are described as accurately as possible, based on combat action reports. It is the intent of this book to describe the events and show how unselfish and brave the unit responded to overcome the overwhelming battle condition odds. It also shows the difficulties of decision-making under fire, whether by officer or enlisted man. The pressures of battle forced quick decisions and movements. Support units such as the helicopter gunships, F-4 Phantom pilots, supply transporters, armored vehicles, naval artillery, MedEvac helicopters, and field hospitals performed admirably and with distinction. All earned their Grey Feathers.



Daniel DeWald

Daniel DeWald


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