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  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience: What a Chaos!

    A stretcher bearer on the Western Front, 1916. John (Jack) Barrett, an Irish engineer who enlisted in the British Army in World War I, spent several months on the Western Front as a stretcher bearer. He described some of that time in a...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    “Everybody was a Hero that Day”

    In the battle for Widows’ Village during Tet 1968, a single scout platoon earned three DSCs, six Silver Stars and 22 Bronze Stars. In late January 1968, my scout platoon—part of the 9th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 47th...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: Nancy Jurgevich

    Captain, Women’s Army Corps, October 1968 – December 1970 I grew up in Stoyswood in western Pennsylvania, a small town near the region’s steel mills, but I wanted to travel instead of work in a factory or be a housewife. I enlisted...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    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...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: Willie McTear

    Specialist 4, 90mm Recoilless Rifle, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division January 1967-January 1968 I am from Newellton, La., about 7,000 people, a very rural area. My dad was a logger, and mom was a hairdresser and a seamstress who made...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: John Bercaw

    Warrant Officer: September 1967-January 1968, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division; January-September 1968, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division My troubled teenage years prompted me to join the Marine Corps in late 1960, at age...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Letters from Readers- Vietnam August 2014

    Kham Duc Too I enjoyed the Kham Duc story in the June issue. I was there between May and November 1964 with an A Team—one of four Southern Special Forces Groups stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., that went as a unit to Vietnam for six...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Deadly Mistake on Hamburger Hill

    On the ridges of what would be called Hamburger Hill for the way troops were ground up in the fighting there, U.S. helicopters mistakenly hit a 101st Airborne unit on the verge of winning its battle against rough mountain terrain, dense...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: ‘Overseas’ in Texas and Vietnam

    For me, 1965 was the year of my high school graduation, my first job and the Vietnam War. My final grades wouldn’t get me into any college, and having a low draft number, I considered joining the service. The local Air Force recruiter in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: “Sugarbear” and The Mod Squad

    I graduated from high school in May 1968 at the age of 17 and had no job. I had received a football scholarship to Grambling State University, but I didn’t make the team, so I drifted around my hometown of Minden, Louisiana, trying to...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Charles Adams Forecasts the Future

    A lesser-known member of the distinguished Adams family of Massachusetts is Union cavalry officer Charles Francis Adams Jr., son of Congressman Charles Adams, who served as U.S. ambassador in London during the Civil War, and brother of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Book Review: I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over

    I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over: First Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas From the Arkansas Historical Quarterly Edited by Mark K. Christ and Patrick G. Williams, University of Arkansas Press 2014, $34.95 This anthology of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: Hero of the Angry Sky

    Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America’s First Naval Ace  edited by Geoffrey L. Rossano, Ohio University Press, Athens, 2013, $28.95  Among the cornerstones of U.S. Navy aviation...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Book Review: No Parachute, by Arthur Gould Lee

    No Parachute by Arthur Gould Lee Few people had the privilege of recording their feelings about World War I air combat in personal letters home, and of those, fewer still survived. Only the very few can, some 50 years later, experience the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Letters Home: An Aviators Letters During WWII

    An aviation cadet’s letters to his family provide a window on Army Air Forces pilot training during World War II. I recently came across a series of letters I wrote while training as a flying cadet in the U.S.  Army Air Forces. I...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    COD Special Delivery

    When a courier carrying top-secret documents needed transport through a typhoon, the crew of a leaky but reliable Grumman C-1A got the job done. In 1972 I was a maintenance officer assigned to the anti-submarine warfare squadron VS-22 at...