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    Vietnam Book Review: Phantom Reflections

    Phantom Reflections by Colonel Mike McCarthy. Praeger Security International, Westport, Conn., 2006, hardcover $35. One of the toughest roles to endure in life is that of the disaster or combat survivor. Relief at being alive often...

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    Shadow and Stinger

    Shadow and Stinger by William P. Head. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2007, hardcover $49.95. All who served in Vietnam in the mid- 60s knew the venerable AC-47, better known as “Puff the Magic Dragon,” which entered...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace

    Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram translated by Andrew X. Pham. Harmony Books, New York, 2007, softcover 19.95. Dang Thuy Tram’s chronicle, in its sensationalized English version, is perhaps the only...

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    Vietnam Book Review: American Patriot

    American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coram. Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2007, hardcover $27.99. This is a wonderful story that almost didn’t happen. Air Force Major George Day was on the point of...

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    Interview with Charles A. Krohn, Author of The Lost Battalion

    In 1993 retired Lt. Col. Charles A. Krohn shocked the U.S. Army with his brutally frank book, The Lost Battalion: Controversy and Casualties in the Battle of Hue. Although some in the Army condemned Krohn’s account of one of the major...

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    When James Brown Brought the House Down

    Ever since 1968, I have been meaning to compose a letter to the Godfather of Soul that begins something like this: Dear Mr. James Brown, First, I want to thank you for coming to Vietnam and performing for the soldiers at Long Binh. Second,...

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    Gunfighting Over North Vietnam

    Despite the visions of post-Korea U.S. aircraft designers, the days of old-fashioned aerial machine guns were far from over. A brilliant sky greeted Major Durward Priester of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) as he led a flight of four...

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    Big Catch in the Fishhook

    A secret foray into Cambodia produced the intelligence that undercut a major Communist attack in the summer of 1969. According to the newspaper accounts, on August 9, 1969, about 50 B-52 bombers raided a North Vietnamese troop...

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    What Really Happened in Pinkville?

    The Army lawyer who dissected the Calley trial testimony deconstructs the mythology that still swirls around the massacre and the man who unleashed it. The small hamlet the village of Song My in South Vietnam’s Quang Ngai , part of...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- April 2008

    The Soldier’s Dilemma Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain knew a thing or two about war and human nature. The university professor from Maine, turned self-taught soldier, became one of America’s great military heroes, receiving the Medal of...

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    Thomas Creek, Medal of Honor in Vietnam

    Tom Creek was born on April 7, 1950, in Joplin, Missouri. He was the second of the three sons of Ross and Bobbie Creek, and with brothers Ross Jr. and Roy grew up in a struggling family that did not rise above poverty during Tom’s...

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    Ribbons on a GI’s uniform

    As I was walking my boxer named Corporal one day, I decided it was time to put down on paper some of the things I’ve had running through my mind about serving in Vietnam. While this will mainly interest those who know something about...

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    On a vintage 1890 pile-driving barge

    The first thing I noticed when I got off the airplane at Tan Son Nhut in August 1970 was the intense heat. Led into the airport terminal, I watched all the different kinds of soldiers and civilians moving through the building. After a long...

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    Arsenal | The M-41 Walker Bulldog

    A mainstay of ARVN armored units right up to the fall of South Vietnam. Operation Lam Son 719 took South Vietnamese forces deep into Laotian territory in February 1971. Intending to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, troops of the Army of the...

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    Vietnam News- April 2008

    Sainthood for Vietnam War chaplain? Since his death on the battlefield on Sept. 4, 1967, many Marines who knew Rev. Vincent Capodanno have called their chaplain a saint and have offered testimonies to his bravery, compassion and genuine...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- April 2008

    Dak To Defenders I want to personally thank Vietnam Magazine, and my friend author Ed Murphy, for his excellent account of the 299th Combat Engineers’ defense of Dak To (December 2007). During the course of the entire war, the Dak To...