The Flag Was Still There is the story ofone combat infantry soldier’s Tour of Duty in the Vietnam War between September14, 1970, and September 13, 1971. LeBron Matthews was initially assigned toCompany A, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment (Red Warriors) of the 4thInfantry Division. Six weeks later, he was reassigned to Company C, 3rdBattalion, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) of the 101st Airborne Division.
This book chronicles the daily existence ofgrunts living together in the bush for weeks at a time, where daily boredom wasonly interrupted by moments of sheer terror, especially during Dewey CanyonII/Lam Son 719, as Charlie Company encountered the North Vietnam Army in themountain jungles and elephant grass of I Corps. The American soldiers whofought and died in this combat were ordinary American kids, most in their lateteens and early twenties. Some volunteered: others were drafted into militaryservice. All answered their country’s call and performed their duty in a timewhen their country failed to support them.
In TheFlag Was Still There, LeBron covers his experience from “winning” thelottery to life after Vietnam.