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    Book Review: Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman

    Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman: A Story of the Vietnam Air War  by Kevin O’Rourke and Joe Peters, Casemate Publishers, 2013 June 27, 1972, was a rare day for the North Vietnamese: Their MiG-21s took a heavy toll on their usual...

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    Book Review: The FN FAL Battle Rifle

    The FN FAL Battle Rifle by Bob Cashner, Osprey Publishing, 2013 When most veterans of the Vietnam War think of an infantry weapon, it’s usually either an M-14, M-16, SKS carbine or AK-47. But to veterans from Australia and New Zealand,...

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    Book Review: Fire Base Illingworth

    Fire Base Illingworth: The Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds by Philip Keith, St. Martin’s Press, 2013 Shortly before midnight on the evening of March 31, 1970, ground surveillance radar detected movement in...

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    1964: Misread Signals, Lost Opportunities

    New insights—from intelligence archives of the United States and North Vietnam—highlight the genesis 50 years ago of a flawed strategy. Had President Lyndon B. Johnson, advisers and intelligence services not disregarded, rejected,...

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    Suicide Charlie Hits a Wall of Steel on Hill 110

    A storied Marine rifle company’s mission impossible against an overwhelming enemy force— and ghastly friendly errors. On April 21, 1967, Operation Union I was launched, its objective to find, fix and destroy enemy forces in the Que Son...

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    Doc Parker: Chopper Surgeon, Door Gunner

    When not manning a machine gun, Lyle Parker’s job was to keep the men of the 188th Assault Helicopter Company safe and sane. LZ SALLY (Empire News, June 1968) — Lyle A. Parker has a guitar and enjoys strumming at the officers club...

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    Letter from the Editor- Vietnam April 2014

    Sons of ‘Nam The service members who returned home from Vietnam were each affected by their war experiences in unique and life-changing ways. The effects range from profound impacts of physical and psychological disability and other...

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    My War: Al Sohl Jr.

    Specialist 4, 173rd Airborne Brigade, January 1968–March 1969 I volunteered for the paratroopers and received my wings on July 5, 1967, and was stationed at Ft. Bragg. I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and I picked up a lot...

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    Interview with Ron Osgood: To See the War From All Sides Now

    When Ron Osgood decided com- munity college wasn’t for him in 1967, he failed to grasp the consequences until he received his draft notice. His subsequent enlistment in the Navy inadvertently led to his pursuit of a career in television...

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    Intel- Vietnam Magazine April 2014

    Statue Honors Canines in Combat Four breeds—Doberman pinscher, German shepherd, Belgian Mali- nois and Labrador retriever—flank a soldier in the nation’s first monument honoring dogs in military service, dedicated in October 2013....

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    Letters from Readers- Vietnam April 2014

    Cambodian UXO Survivors Siem Reap near Angor Wat in Cambodia has a group searching for unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the same time frame as shown in the story “Good Boom,” February 2014. Here is a photograph taken by me and my wife,...

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    Rolling Thunder: After More Than 25 Years, Closure at Last

    A downed pilot, his daughter and the ring that brought peace of mind. Robin Smith’s father disappeared in Vietnam during the summer of 1969, and his daughter went to look for him—26 years after Lt. Col. Robert N. Smith, a Marine pilot,...

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    Book Review: Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War

    Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War edited by John Day Tully, Matthew Masur and Brad Austin, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014 For today’s college and high school students, the Vietnam War may as well be the Peloponnesian War,...

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    Book Review: Team 19 in Vietnam

    Team 19 in Vietnam: An Australian Soldier at War by David Millie, University Press of Kentucky, 2013 Americans often forget that they were not the only foreign forces to become involved in the Vietnam War and that the involvement of those...

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    Book Review: Losing Vietnam

    Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia by Ira A. Hunt Jr., University Press of Kentucky, 2013 Almost 40 years after the April 1975 fall of Saigon the debate continues. On one side the prevailing argument says the struggle in...

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    Valor at Dai Do

    When the fighting of April 30-May 3, 1968, was finished, there were two Medals of Honor, many other awards for heroism, and seemingly everyone had a Purple Heart. The Tet Offensive launched on Jan. 30, 1968, was North Vietnam’s strategic...