Donut Hole is an explosive and haunting memoir by Author RC LeBeau, a U.S. Marine Corps war veteran.
The Vietnam War is probably the most famous war that the United States has involved in before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Known as the Second Indochina War, the Vietnam campaign lasted twenty years and has claimed thousands of lives from both sides. It has also produced some of the greatest stories not told in literature, music, movies, musicals, and other media. Among these narratives, the most touching and unforgettable are the ones from those who live to tell the tale and the horrors of war. War memoirs from journalists, servicemen, civilian witnesses, and others who had a front-row seat of what transpired are certainly worth our time. Today, we will be featuring a war memoir like no other. Today we will take a look at a Marine’s real-life battles in Vietnam by RC Le Beau.
Donut Hole by RC LeBeau
Donut Hole: A Marine’s Real-Life Battles in Vietnam During 1967 and 68 Marines, 1st Force Logistical Command Clutch Platoon is the complete title of RC LeBeau’s war memoir published in 2019. As the title suggests, the book covers his time with a U.S. Marine Corps Unit from 1967 to 1968.
In this book, RC LeBeau recounts his joining the United States Marine Corp in 1966 at age twenty years old. After his training and other stints in other fronts, RC LeBeau found himself in Vietnam in 1967. He was assigned to a Force Logistics Unit Command or FLC. The unit is charged with making sure there are sufficient supplies and that they reach the troops, especially those in the frontlines. They are known as a rear echelon pogue, a term for non-infantry staff. RC LeBeau held a Military Occupation Specialty of 3041 (MOS) and worked on Manual Accounting.
For thirteen months, RC. LeBeau witness many things both inside and outside of his unit’s coverage. But the highlights of the book are the encounters and enemy offensives that took many lives. Lucky for him, RC LeBeau was able to survive and live to tell his story and those men he served alongside.
“It is a story, not only for my beloved Marine Corp but also for sacrifices made by the Army trying to get to Echo 4. In a single day, the casualties were only second to Hamburger Hill in the northern I Corps area. Little has been written about it, but it is a War story that needs to be told. Valor was common, and the Vietnamese enemy had lost almost two battalions trying to take down the Da Nang airbase in early Feb. of 1968. From An Hoa, in Happy Valley, I was on my way back to Da Nang headquarters and then on to Hue when I got stuck at Echo 4. That battle that history needs to told.” (excerpt from book description)
RC LeBeau survived the Tet offensive and the Donut Hole but was shipped home because of his injury. RC LeBeau returned home to the United States in March 1968. He is a life member of the Fraternal Order of Purple Hearts and a member of the 1st Marine Division and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). R.C. once served as the Allstate Commander of the VFW.
About the Author
RC LeBeau was born in Detroit, Michigan. Bob, as he is known to family and friends, is a war veteran. He served in Vietnam during the 1967-1968 campaign. Young Bob was a boy scout and developed a passion for learning essential skills needed to survive in the wilderness. His time with the scout afforded him training. His father passed away when he was only 15 years old, but his new father figure inspired him to join the U.S. Marine Corp.
RC LeBeau joined the United States Marine Corp in June 1966. In February 1967, after his training and other assignments, 20-year old Le Beau was shipped to Vietnam. RC LeBeau was assigned to the FLC unit or the Force Logistics Command, where he served 13 months before he was sent back home.
Returning to civilian life, RC LeBeau majored in Business and Marketing. For the past forty years, he marketed his patented products with a degree of remarkable success. RC LeBeau currently holds four U.S. Patents, including the famous Le Beau’s Honer. He then retired after suffering a stroke in August 2017. Shortly after the incident, RC LeBeau decided to write his biography Donut Hole: A Marine’s Real-Life Battles in Vietnam During 1967 and 68 Marines, 1st Force Logistical Command Clutch Platoon. Le Beau used his right hand.