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    Stealing Valor

    An Army clerk discovered a plot to claim undeserved medals and then saw the bravery of another soldier go unrewarded...

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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s Ilyushin Il-14 Crate

    A twin-engine Ilyushin Il-14 (NATO code name Crate), North Vietnam’s primary cargo and troop transport plane, flew over Tchepone Airfield in Laos on Oct. 25, 1961—a flight photographed by a U.S. Air Force McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo...

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    SLIDESHOW: Rolling Thunder XXX: A Look Back

    Rain pounded the pavement during much of the 30th anniversary Rolling Thunder run on Sunday, May 28, 2017, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the riders or spectators. Crowds along the streets loudly cheered the Vietnam veterans...

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    Vietnam’s Wild Weasels

    A band of daring fliers team up in a classified program to take out the radars guiding their biggest threat—Soviet SA-2 Guideline missiles. Like many American boys who had grown up during World War II, Stan Goldstein was fascinated with...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Battle of Ap Bac

    The Battle of Ap Bac, Vietnam: They Did Everything But Learn From It by David M. Toczek. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2007, $19.95 David Toczek, a serving U.S. Army officer and former history professor at the United States...

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    Vietnam Book Review: American Warrior

    American Warrior: A Combat Memoir of Vietnam by Brig. Gen. John C. “Doc” Bahnsen Jr. with Wess Roberts. Citadel Press, New York, 2007, hardcover $24.95, softcover $16.95. American Warrior, described in the frontispiece as a “combat...

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    Vietnam Book Reviews: African Americans in Vietnam

    Once upon a time, history—at least the academic version—was a steady procession of names and dates. Presidents, treaties, major inventions and the like constituted the majority of the material covered in most college-level history...

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    Aussies’ Face-to-Face Fight at Binh Ba

    Did an NVA battalion lure unsuspecting elements of the Royal Australian Regiment into a knock-down, drag-out fight, or was it a chance encounter that escalated out of control? As the lumbering Centurion tank made its approach to the...

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    The More Things Change….

    The learning curve for U.S. forces running convoy operations in Vietnam was steep. A cunning enemy and restrictive terrain required escort units to possess well-understood and rehearsed battle drills, to have mobile and lethal convoy...

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    Convoy Escort Service Extraordinaire

    Aboard its V-100s named for comic book heroes, the 66th Military Police Company battled the enemy evildoers for control of South Vietnam’s roads. No matter where you are, there should be some law and order, and this is especially true in...

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    Ambush at Thon Tham Khe

    Within 24 hours of hitting the beach in Operation Badger Tooth, 48 Marines were dead. The question that remains: Why? Marine Lance Corporal Larry Christensen was exhausted—and greatly disillusioned—from his first real battle as he...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- August 2008

    A super private, and a super loyal friend Not everything about a GI’s experience in Vietnam was completely negative; not all the memories are bad. Writing in his classic World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, German author...

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    Civilian medic’s routine service in a Vietnam war zone

    As a civilian medic serving in the midst of war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1972, I had my share of close calls. I found myself in plenty of hairy experiences, often alongside GIs who displayed remarkable acts of courage and compassion, but...

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    Photograph relieves one GI of his lingering guilt

    Over the years, the memories of my experience in Vietnam were becoming more and more faded. Had I actually spent some 60 days in the war? My neverceasing reminder that yes, I had been there, was the pain in my right knee. I had been...

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    ARVN 81st Airborne Ranger Group

    The rangers shielded their eyes while the UH-1 slicks slowly hovered down to the landing zone, blowing red dust everywhere. Each soldier’s small frame was weighted down with three or four M-72 light antitank weapon (LAW) rocket launchers...

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    Arsenal: Enemy Rockets

    The VC and the NVA used their improvised rocket artillery with deadly effect. North Vietnamese Army weaponry underwent a dramatic shift during the time I commanded the Combined Materiel Exploitation Center (CMEC), between August 1965 and...