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    No Peace in the Valley

    One platoon’s daring raid to take Signal Hill was key to a massive air cav assault in the A Shau Valley. As evening approached on April 9, 1968, Sergeant Doug Parkinson’s six-man long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP, or “Lurp”)...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- October 2008

    Why is it that hard-learned military lessons seem harder to relearn the second time around? The United States knows how to be military advisers—or at least we should. We’ve had plenty of practice at it. From the occupation of the...

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    Cavalry commander Lee Lewane

    In the space of 30 days in 1966, the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment was in the thick of three violent and sometimes desperate battles with the Viet Cong. The extra – ordinary performance and heroism under fire by the men of...

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    The 60th Land Clearing Company ‘Jungle Eaters’

    Choking dust, clouds of stinging insects, biting monkeys, trees and enemy rockets crashing from above, tunnels collapsing under foot— in temperatures reaching 130 degrees—were all in a day’s work for the 60th Land Clearing Company,...

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    The LVTP-5 amtrac pulled its weight in Vietnam

    On December 11, 1967, two Marine provisional rifle platoons moved in on a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) position near the mouth of the Cua Viet River. An attached company of Marine infantry had spotted an NVA platoon the day before. Part of...

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    Vietnam News- October 2008

    A most unlikely McCain supporter Although Tran Trong Duyet hasn’t seen Senator John McCain for nearly 35 years, he says he’d vote for him if he could. The 75-year-old met McCain during the former Navy pilot’s incarceration in Hanoi...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- October 2008

    No Ambush at Thon Tham Khe I was the embarkation officer and S-4A of Battalion Landing Team 3/1, and no image has seared itself into my mind more strongly than the sight, on the hangar deck of USS Valley Forge, of the remains of the...

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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...