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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- February 2009

    How Confusion Crept Onto the Maps The letter from Daniel R. Arant (August 2008) about map names reminded me of an old problem we had in Vietnam. In January 1966, I was tasked to create an intelligence unit for Maj. Gen. Joseph A....

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    Vietnam Book Review: Colonial Good Life

    The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux’s Vision of French Indochina translated, introduced and annotated by Michael G. Vann and Joel Montague. White Lotus Press, 2008. French artist Andre Joyeux served as an art teacher in...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Bill Mauldin

    Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front by Todd DePastino. Norton, 2008, $27.95. Willie and Joe brought the life of GIs in the foxholes of World War II to millions of Americans in a way no flesh and blood reality could. This was the reality of war,...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Steel and Blood

    Steel and Blood: South Vietnamese Armor and the War for Southeast Asia by Ha Mai Viet. Naval Institute Press, 2008, $36. More than 30 years after the fall of Saigon, much of what passes for common wisdom about the Vietnam War remains...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Spy Who Loved Us

    The Spy Who Loved Us: The Vietnam War and Pham Xuan An’s Dangerous Game by Thomas Bass. Public Affairs Books, 2009, $26.95. One of the first lessons in understanding the enigma of Vietnam was taught to me by a veteran Vietnamese...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Why Vietnam Matters

    Why Vietnam Matters, An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned by Rufus Phillips. Naval Institute Press, 2008, $38.95 Regardless of whatever else history may say about the man, the author of this book, Rufus Phillips, should be recorded...

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    Ambushed In Leatherneck Square

    Just two miles from the DMZ, a battalion of Marines paid a heavy price but finally overcame a ferocious NVA onslaught. Packed with troops, the long column of trucks maneuvered over the rutted, hard-packed dirt road. Many of the vehicles...

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    My Lai: Where Were The Leaders?

    Had one strong leader stepped up, the atrocity that so stained America could have been averted. It has been more than four decades since that morning in 1968, and yet Army officers, almost to a man, still ask themselves how the My Lai...

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    The Vietnam Rollers Play Ball

    As their country teetered on chaos and collapse, a group of Vietnamese teenagers embraced an all-American game for a season to remember. The Vietnamese youth grasped something tightly in his hand as he sprinted past us, arms and legs...

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    Dodging SAMs—In An AC-130!

    It looked like curtains for the crew of the lumbering Spectre gunship as the surface-to-air missiles closed in for the kill. We slaughtered ’em. As that night’s first AC-130 Spectre gunship into Laos, we found trucks everywhere. In...

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    Westy’s Regrets

    My brief respite in Hong Kong seemed to have gone by in a heartbeat, as the personnel transport truck’s tires squished over the muddy road past Vietnamese vendors squatting in their shanties. The only redeeming part of the gloomy ride...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- April 2009

    Time for a reappraisal of Westmoreland Several years ago some journalist wrote the condescending and all- knowing line, “Well, the art of war isn’t exactly rocket science.” He was right. Rocket science, governed by the laws of...

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    My War: One Marine’s wild ride off the Rockpile was more of...

    Dusk was just turning to darkness when I spotted the CH-46 that would be my ride off the Rockpile, a jagged, 800-foot pile of earth jutting out of the ground along the northern edge of Camp Carroll. Recon Marines used the Rockpile as an...

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    The 174th Ordnance Detachment had an often risky job handling tons of...

    It was late September 1968 and the heat and humidity were oppressive as I toiled preparing flower beds at the bachelor officer quarters in Long Binh, 90th Replacement Bat- talion. This was not what I imagined Vietnam would be like, and...

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    Arsenal | The Navy’s cutting-edge attack plane in Vietnam: the A-6 Intruder

    The Grumman A-6 Intruder, developed in the late 1950s as a long-range all-weather nuclear strike aircraft, arrived in Southeast Asia in June 1965 and notched a number of firsts in Vietnam: The Navy’s first attack plane able to penetrate...

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    Vietnam News- April 2009

    Shineski to VA, Jones to NSA: Obama Taps Vietnam Veterans for Top Posts “I think that General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they come home,” President-elect...