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    Valor | William H. Pitsenbarger

    Airman stayed behind so that others might live. William and Irene Pitsenbarger’s visit to the Pentagon on Sept. 22, 1966, was full of mixed emotions. Their son, Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger, was to become the first...

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    Vietnam Book Review: The Tet Offensive- A Concise History

    The Tet Offensive: A Concise History By James H. Willbanks, Columbia University Press, New York, 2006, hardcover $31. Vietnam veteran and military historian James H. Willbanks’s The Tet Offensive: A Concise History will stand with Don...

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    Storming the Citadel

    Fighting house to house, the Marine battle to regain Hue’s south side and recapture the historic Imperial City was a bloody affair. It was a chilly morning and the skies were a lead gray as the convoy slowly snaked its way along Highway...

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    40th Tet Anniversary: The Battle for Saigon

    Viet Cong infiltrators had a host of key objectives scattered throughout the Saigon Circle intended to ignite the ‘General Uprising’. On Christmas Day, 1967, Colonel Nam Truyen, the commander of the 9th Viet Cong Division, slipped into...

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    Turning Point of the War- Vietnam

    Psychologically defeated by the Tet Offensive, LBJ was also defeated by his top national security advisers. One of the greatest mysteries of the Vietnam War is how the allied military victory achieved during the 1968 Tet Offensive—a...

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    Drinking Your Own Bathwater: Tet Intelligence Failures

    American inability to connect the dots is well known, but what about the intelligence failures of the other side? In the first two days of the Tet Offensive, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops attacked 39 of South Vietnam’s 44...

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    The Tet Offensive, 40 years on

    It is hard to believe that 40 years have passed since the start of the Tet Offensive. For those of us who were there, it seems like only yesterday that we were first alerted in the early morning hours— the middle of the night,...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Wiring Vietnam

    Wiring Vietnam: The Electronic Wall by Anthony J. Tambini. Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Md., 2007, softcover $60.00. During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) established supply networks in Cambodia and Laos to support its forces...

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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...