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Letters from Readers – June 2011 – Vietnam

Unidentified Dollies Update Regarding your April inquiry in Letters about the picture of Donut Dollies submitted by Dave Andrews. The photo was one of several taken by the Public Information Office for use as...
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Letters from Readers – April 2011-Vietnam

Name Those Dollies I found this picture of the Donut Dollies that I think some of the people in it would like to see. I didn’t know any of the women and can’t even remember how it came into my...
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Letters from Readers – February 2011-Vietnam

Learn From Ia Drang, Please Your story on Ia Drang in the December issue offers some lessons that I think may apply to our current war in Afghanistan. I was a rifleman, sradioman and fire team leader with the...
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Letters from Readers – December 2010

My Friend Matty Your August “Offerings” showed a baseball and glove and a note left at the Wall in 1992 in remembrance of 1st Lt. Ronald Matel. “Matty” was my roommate in Infantry OCS...
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Letter from Vietnam magazine – December 2010

Ap Bac, Ia Drang, and roads not taken Two legendary battles had outcomes that proved to be pivotal to the paths U.S. policymakers would choose in Vietnam. At the time of Ap Bac on the second day of 1963,...
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Letter from Vietnam magazine – October 2010

Longest war no more The Vietnam War remains representative of many things in American history, as it was the central event that so dramatically colored and shaped an era and whose reverberations and residual...
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Letters From Readers – October 2010

Camp Bunard and the Good Life Thanks for the story on Robert Pryor and his experience at Camp Bunard in the April issue (“Life Has Been Good So Far”). I got to Bunard in early April 1967 as a...
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Letter from Vietnam magazine – August 2010

A stormy, stormy spring When President Richard Nixon took to the airwaves on the evening of April 30, 1970, he told the American people of his bold plan to address what had been a vexing problem in waging war...
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Letters from Readers – August 2010 Vietnam

Chieu Hoi—Early and Often Herbert Friedman’s article on the Chieu Hoi Program (October 2009) reminded me of an incident that took place in Binh Duong Province in the spring of 1970. I was serving...
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Letter from Vietnam magazine – June 2010

Respect, reflection and Rolling Thunder Thirty-five years ago, the last act in a long and painful drama was playing itself out as the final bell tolled for the Republic of Vietnam. April of 1975 saw dreams...
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Letters from Readers – June 2010 Vietnam

Yes, There Is a Santa Claus! Lo and behold, as I opened up the center pages of your February issue, I saw myself, a mere boy of 19, along with my Christmas tree that my family sent me. I’m the one with...