The year is 1969. Lieutenant Jim Thomas is an infantry platoon leader who proudly wears his First Cavalry Division patch on the shoulder of his jungle fatigues as he serves his country north of Quan Loi, Vietnam. Unfortunately, after a firefight in which Thomas's commander, Captain Hart, brilliantly defeats a reinforced NVA company with only minor friendly casualties, theThe year is 1969. Lieutenant Jim Thomas is an infantry platoon leader who proudly wears his First Cavalry Division patch on the shoulder of his jungle fatigues as he serves his country north of Quan Loi, Vietnam. Unfortunately, after a firefight in which Thomas's commander, Captain Hart, brilliantly defeats a reinforced NVA company with only minor friendly casualties, the powers-that-be at Division replace him with Captain Mark Armstrong, who has no combat experience and no leadership skills. The relationship between the new commander and his troops deteriorates as he tries to win glory for himself at the expense of many friendly casualties, both from the enemy and from heat exhaustion, as he pushes the troops hard to find and engage the enemy so that he can report a body count to Battalion. The conflict between Thomas and Armstrong comes to ahead when Armstrong gives Thomas a lawful, but stupid, order to charge a machine gun. Because obeying the order would result in the loss of American lives for no tactical advantage, Thomas refuses to obey it. Armstrong’s plans to court-martial Thomas are frustrated when Thomas is wounded the next day and evacuated. Years later, both men are selected to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. When Armstrong sees Thomas, who he thought had died, he prefers court-martial charges. Although the post commander does not want to prosecute the case, Armstrong prevails on his uncle, the TRADOC Commander, to order a general court-martial. The trial begins with the Army’s best prosecutor, who was attending CGSC as a student, as trial counsel and CGSC’s military law instructor, an experienced defense counsel, defending Major Thomas. The court members have to decide whether to convict an officer who disobeys a lawful, but stupid, order to preserve the lives of his men—the converse of the Ollie North situation in which an officer obeyed the stupid order. Lawful Orders gives an insider’s view of the military justice system that explores one of the central issues of our times: When do we stop sacrificing the American servicemembers for nebulous objectives?...
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This is a military book. It starts with a soldier disobeying an order from a superior officer in Vietnam. He is injured the next day and nothing is done about the disobedience until both of the men are in the same class at Leavenworth. They are both Majors by this time but the one who was disobeyed wants the other to be charged. Armstrong charges Thomas with mutiny since disobeying a lawful order was beyond the statute of limitations. The book then goes through the whole trial. Thomas is charged with mutiny but the charge is unable to be upheld since all aspects of the charge are not there. The judge states that Thomas is not guilty of the mutiny charge but can still be tried on the disobeying a lawful order charge. Thomas wants to continue the trial on the lawful order charge even though he could get out of it by invoking the statute of limitations.I found the way the book ended to be very good. It drew me in because I just had to know what happened to Major Thomas. I was relieved when I saw how the book ended. It was an emotional ride while the trial was going on and then with the way the book ended it was very fitting.This was a wonderful book that everyone could benefit from reading. It shows the way that the military deals with its own people and what happens when they disobey an order.