Obit – George Cressy: Wrote personal account of Dak To for Newsday

By Debra Newbold
9/21/2011 • Vietnam Extra, Vietnam War

George Cressy, a Bronze Star recipient at Dak To who went on to write famously about the battle for Newsday in 1996, died on July 16, 2011, in Long Island, N.Y., at the age of 68. He began writing his account, “Three Days in Hell,” in a marble notebook, to pass the time while he was undergoing dialysis for kidney failure in the mid-1990s. “He combined vivid narratives of intense fighting with contemplative musings about fear and heroism he witnessed,” said Newsday of Cressy, following his death. His writings covered his experiences as platoon leader in Co. C., 3rd Bn., 8th Reg., 4thID.

To read a copy of the Newsday piece, Three Days in Hell," see

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