Lt. Colonel Fred Lindsey just completed his first book detailing the heroic actions performed by the men who served under him during the Vietnam War. Some 45years ago, Lt. Colonel Lindsey was the Commander of 1,000 men assigned to Command and Control South. He is the only Commander still living. They were the closest unit to Saigon and saw heavy action.
The book is titled “Secret Green Beret Commandos in Cambodia.” With the threat of prison hanging over his head, Fred was prohibited from writing about or discussing his experiences in Cambodia until the Military declassified the documents. Once that was accomplished, Fred believed it was important to create a written record of what actually happened since his unit only performed top secret missions. He actually promised a mother of a fallen soldier under his command that he would work hard to create a fitting memorial to her son in the form of this book. Fred spent three years researching material to complete the book. The book is on sale at Amazon and all proceeds are going to the Special Ops Association, the Special Forces Association and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for scholarships.
He has lived on the West side of Carmel more than 40 years. He is a member of the Golden “K” Kiwanis. His friend and fellow Kiwanian Don Moehn tipped me off that we have a military hero living amongst us. He said, “I personally found this to be a great story about one of our past military leaders who contributed so much to our nation’s better image.”
Lt. Col. Lindsey said it was difficult to accurately pull together the stories about what really happened because so much time has passed. He said, “It was a challenge to dig for the truth and make sure I was not being told a wild war story. I got to know so many of the guys and their families while researching the book. I know they are happy with the way it turned out.” The book is an accurate history of his unit which was responsible for gathering intelligence in the Southeast Asia Theatre. Their unit received a Presidential Unit Citation in April of 2001.
Amazon has given the book a 5 Star rating and Fred has already sold several hundred books since it first came out at the beginning of the year. Before concluding our interview, I thanked Fred for his service, to which he humbly replied, “You bet.”