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    Vietnam Book Review: Until the Last Man Comes Home

    Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Politics of Loss at the End of the Vietnam War by Michael J. Allen, University of North Carolina Press, 2009 Michael Allen is a historian at Northwestern University. Until The Last Man...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Troubled Water

    Troubled Water: Race Mutiny and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk by Gregory A. Freeman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 In 2009, it is sometimes hard to remember and reconcile that four decades ago American society was in the grips of social tumult,...

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    Advisers Targeted for Destruction

    A small advisory team’s success at ‘clear and hold’ in the most hostile district in South Vietnam made it a must kill for the NVA. On a clear September morning, we roll south from Quang Ngai City down Route 516 looking for a...

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    Duty and Honor: Escorting a Friend

    My orders were to be ‘military escort of a deceased soldier,’ but this soldier was my best friend. As I strode up the steps and through the door of Building Number 4, I was stopped cold in my tracks at the sight before me. In the...

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    Mini-Tet Madness

    The Tet Offensive had just petered out when the wounded Viet Cong, bolstered by the NVA, hit Saigon again—hard—in May 1968. Bang! It started off with a big bang. A 500-pound bang, rigged up in an old blue and yellow 1950s vintage...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- October 2009

    When Saigon was shaken to its core As America’s recent experience in Iraq has reminded us, military activity in any hostile urban environment is fraught with danger. The potential for death and destruction lurks around every corner....

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    My War: Owen Mike

    MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL, SUMMER 1968-MARCH 1970 I’m a Native American, Ho Chunk Nation, from Wisconsin. Above everything I accept my own death as destiny. It’s a great honor to die as a warrior on the battlegrounds. Summer of 1968,...

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    Arsenal | The Claymore: A compact killer

    Naming his invention after the famous Scottish two-handed Claymore sword, Norman MacLeod applied the German-Hungarian anti-personnel mine research of World War II to a mine intended to counter Chinese human wave attacks during the Korean...

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    Vietnam News- October 2009

    High-Tech Search Yields Downed Chopper In late June, a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship, permitted in the waters off the coast of Vietnam for the first time, located the possible crash site of a downed U.S. helicopter in the South China...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- October 2009

    Obama on Our Side? For the first time since becoming a subscriber to Vietnam I find myself wondering if I should renew my subscription. This is due to the Peter Brush essay in the April issue that gives me the impression that there are...

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    Vietnam Book Review: MiG Killers

    MiG Killers: A Chronology of U.S. Air Victories by Donald J. McCarthy Jr., Specialty Press, 2009 In a Vietnam War replete with vagaries and shades of gray, air-to-air combat over the North offered the participants—and any interested...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Heart of a Patriot

    Heart of a Patriot, How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove by Max Cleland with Ben Raines, Simon and Schuster, 2009 By any measure, Max Cleland has lived a life full of pain and agony at a level endured by...

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    Vietnam Review: Squad Battles

    Squad Battles: Dien Bien Phu Videogame Developer: John Tiller HPS Simulations (www.hpssims.com) Format: PC/Windows Modes: Single player, Multiplayer Released: 2009, MSRP: $49.95 The first Indochina war ended at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam at War

    Vietnam at War by Mark Philip Bradley, Oxford University Press, 2009 Historian Mark Bradley is a serious scholar. A professor at the University of Chicago, Bradley already has an impressive list of prior works on the history of Vietnam,...

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    McNamara and Me

    My encounter with the master of deceit and deception epitomizes the true legacy of Robert Strange McNamara. Just before 9 on the night of January 6, 2004, I was waiting in the lobby of a Washington, D.C., movie theater for what had been...

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    Please Rescue Me!

    The miracle landing of a two-seat Cessna—with a family of seven aboard—on the deck of USS Midway. As the small plane buzzed in low, a tiny object plummeted to the flight deck like a bomb. But this was no high explosive. It was a flight...