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    Vietnam Book Review: The AK-47

    The AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War by Larry Kahaner. Joe Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2007, softcover $25.95. Virtually every American veteran of Vietnam and later conflicts knows the Soviet-designed AK-47 assault rifle....

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    Vietnam Book Review: Eagle Days

    Eagle Days: A Marine Legal/Infantry Officer in Vietnam by Don W. Griffis. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2007, hardcover $29.95. Author Don Griffis was a young Marine lawyer when he began his Vietnam tour in June 1968. He was...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Replacing France

    Replacing France: The Origins of the American Intervention in Vietnam by Kathryn C. Statler. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007, hardcover $45. If you’re curious about how we got into the mess that was Vietnam, Kathryn C....

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    Vietnam Book Review: Phoenix and the Birds of Prey

    Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam by Mark Moyar. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1997 first ed., 2007 current ed., softcover $23.95. This is a schizophrenic review because, frankly, its...

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    Vietnam Interview: A Hero Returns to Combat

    Colonel Gordon R. Roberts, a Vietnam and Iraq war veteran and only Medal of Honor recipient on active duty, speaks out on soldiers and soldiering. Three days after graduating from high school in May 1968, 17-year-old Gordon R. Roberts...

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    World Airways’ Audacious Airlift

    Just days before Saigon’s fall in April 1975, Ed Daly and Charles Patterson of World Airways defied U.S. bureaucracy to fly Amerasian orphans out of Vietnam. Charles Patterson earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart...

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    Unsung Hero in the Amazing Rescue of Bat 21 Bravo

    South Vietnamese SEAL Nguyen Van Kiet’s courage and cunning got a downed airman past 30,000 NVA troops and earned him the U.S. Navy Cross. When Lieutenant Colonel Iceal “Gene” Hambleton was shot down just south of the DMZ on April 2,...

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    Funny Money

    U.S. Military Payment Certificates were an integral part of the Vietnam experience, and like so much else in the war, they played a more complicated role than intended. For GIs, Military Payment Certificates, along with dog tags, combat...

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    Setting a Trap for the VC at An Ba

    When the troops of the Cacti Blue unleashed a crushing air combat assault, they had a VC Local Force Battalion right where they wanted: caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. “Damn it!” I yelled. “What’s the matter...

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    Back to Ia Drang

    At Ia Drang in 1965, they fought each other with an intimate, bloody ferocity that left hundreds dead and scores maimed, and yet decades later, old enemies could embrace in friendship. At our first meeting in 1982 to map out the research...

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    Vietnam Letter form the Editor- December 2008

    A new book by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway completes the picture they started in We Were Soldiers Once…And Young In one of the best books ever written about the Vietnam War, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, retired Lieutenant General...

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    MS Amastra’s perilous duty on behalf of the US at Nha Trang

    It is rare that a naval vessel once sunk to the bottom of the sea is given a new lease on life. But the motor ship (MS) Amastra, a British-registered Shell Oil tanker under the command of Captain J. Campkin, had such a second life.  ...

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    Medics make life-or-death decisions

    God and all North Vietnam could see us. We were outside Khe Sanh on Operation Scotland II and had stopped at midday to take a bit of rest and to eat. Very tired from humping the hills on this operation, we had set up on the side of a hill...

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    MiG-19 serve the North Vietnamese

    In 1969, North Vietnam decided to increase its fighter force before the latest lull in the American bombing campaign ended. It had the pilots, all qualified to fly the MiG-21, but not enough of the jets were available, nor would they be...

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    Vietnam News- December 2008

    Agent Orange Linked to Prostate Cancer Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a significantly greater risk of prostate cancer, especially the most aggressive form of the disease, according to a recently released study. The study of...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- December 2008

    More Noel Thanks so much for your August article and update on Chris Noel. It’s nice to know she is doing well. All those who traveled with the USO shows deserve our appreciation and respect, but none more than Chris Noel. She did indeed...