Ed. note: We’ve been talking about revisiting classic but forgotten military books and movies here at UTR and Mike’s taking the lead. Originally, we wanted to limit our coverage to things that were available on Kindle or Netflix so readers could immediately go check out the things we recommended. Unfortunately, all of our best ideas have been things that are tough to find. We decided to go ahead and write about some of them anyway, in hopes that we can inspire some reissues. If any of our readers have favorites they want to share, let us know.
When a little book called Tiger the Lurp Dog by former U.S. Army and LRRP team leader Sergeant Kenn E. Miller hit the shelves in 1983, chances are the average American had never heard of the term LRRP, pronounced “lurp,” short for Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol.
Tiger is just a mutt, a “dust dog” according to the Vietnamese, but he’s the mascot of LRRP Team Two-Four. His ‘main man’ is Mopar, a 19-year old SP4 who talks of his girlfriend Sybill Street and dreams of surviving long enough to buy beer in a supermarket. Marvel Kim is a luck-obsessed Korean who grew up in Hawaii and is the conscience of the story. Rounding out the team is Communist hating Cuban refugee Gonzales and Staff Sergeant Wolverine, former Special Forces, replacement team leader, and a man determined to outrun his past no matter how far he has to go to do it. +Continue Reading