The Tiger of Dien Bien Phu
Out of the turbulent last decades of French Indo-China emerges and anti-hero, larger than life. He is Claude Lellange,
product of a mixed marriage between a French Army colonel and a Vietnamese woman, Claude fights his way up from enlisted ranks to officer in the airborne forces of the Foreign Legion. His heroic exploits and his ferocity in battle in the many combat actions leading to the final battle at Dien Bien Phu, earn him the sobriquet, “Tiger.” He emerges as an who kills indiscriminately for pay and is, at the same time, a tragic figure.
History buffs will enjoy this historical adventure tale and true to life look into the turbulent final years of French Colonialism during the period 1932-54 and its ties to the later American Involvement in South Vietnam.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard A.M. Dixon graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in 1961. Later he earned an MS at the USA Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served on active duty for twenty-three years, retiring in 1985. He spent fifteen of those years on parachute duty and conducted 300 jumps. He was cited numerous times for valor in combat and superior service. He now writes full time and lives with his wife and their dog Sandy, a rescued Golden Retriever, in the woods at Lakebay, Washington.