1968 - Into the Abyss The Elite Tunnel Rats
What if after decades there was one more untold incredible Viet
Nam war saga supported with authentic personal color action photos and peppered
with tightly-written notes from then young—not yet twenty—highly decorated
leader of a small group of underground and Special Force combatants who
searched and destroyed over 900 enemy tunnels?
Follow a brash part-time college student who emerged from the warm
California sunshine during the upheaval of the rebel-torn sixties and lived
through a life-changing transformation after being sent to a raging war zone
during the heaviest fighting in Viet Nam—swiftly from a boy to a man.
Enjoying life, with no particular goals in mind, Thomas E. Wergen
was aware of the war protests but paid little attention to the country’s split,
and made no stand when he casually joined the army.
Beginning his duty by graduating from chemical staff specialist school,
he soon landed a cushy job teaching demolition and tunnel denial techniques to
Vietnam bound soldiers and officers in the air-conditioned building at the US
Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Army life was good—what war?
But then he unexpectedly received deployment orders and soon found
himself immersed in the war ravaged country of Vietnam, not only in constant general
combat, but in a kind of hell few fighters found themselves in, or could even
Sgt. Wergen would end up participating in not only clandestine
missions with the special forces, but
leading one of the elite tunnel rat squads that skulked the jungles
during the heaviest fighting—the TET offensive of 1968—that would earn him
multiple war honors.