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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Assault From the Sky

    Assault From the Sky: U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam  by Dick Camp, Casemate Publishers, 2013 T he iconic image of Vietnam’s helicopter war is that of a Bell UH-1 Huey carrying, supporting or evacuating U.S. Army...

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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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    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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    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...

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    Rescue at Kham Duc

    Intrepid pilots maneuvered planes through gunfire and wreckage to land and pick up troops being overrun by enemy forces. In early May 1968, the U.S. Army Special Forces at Kham Duc seemed far removed from the war zone. Established in 1963...

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    Letter from the Editor- Vietnam June 2014

    Above and Beyond Look at every year of the Vietnam War and in every corner of the battlefield, and you will find heroism. In some cases, overcoming fear and staying calm under pressure gets the job done. In other situations, heroism...

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    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...

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    Interview with Rocky Bleier: ; From the NFL to Vietnam and Back

    The incredible career of Rocky Bleier, running back on one of professional football’s greatest teams, was nearly preempted by a North Vietnamese Army attack on Aug. 20, 1969. Bleier’s amazing perseverance in overcoming severe wounds...

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    Intel-Vietnam Magazine June 2014

    Belated Medals of Honor Awarded Decades after they proved their valor, two dozen Americans are recipients of long overdue Medals of Honor. In 2002, the Defense Department began reviewing records of troops awarded the second highest honor:...