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  • MHQ Magazine

    War List | Great Pretenders

    Meet nine audacious military impersonators who demonstrated everything from monumental buffoonery to medal-worthy bravery...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Battle of Ap Bac

    The Battle of Ap Bac, Vietnam: They Did Everything But Learn From It by David M. Toczek. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2007, $19.95 David Toczek, a serving U.S. Army officer and former history professor at the United States...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: American Warrior

    American Warrior: A Combat Memoir of Vietnam by Brig. Gen. John C. “Doc” Bahnsen Jr. with Wess Roberts. Citadel Press, New York, 2007, hardcover $24.95, softcover $16.95. American Warrior, described in the frontispiece as a “combat...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Reviews: African Americans in Vietnam

    Once upon a time, history—at least the academic version—was a steady procession of names and dates. Presidents, treaties, major inventions and the like constituted the majority of the material covered in most college-level history...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Aussies’ Face-to-Face Fight at Binh Ba

    Did an NVA battalion lure unsuspecting elements of the Royal Australian Regiment into a knock-down, drag-out fight, or was it a chance encounter that escalated out of control? As the lumbering Centurion tank made its approach to the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The More Things Change….

    The learning curve for U.S. forces running convoy operations in Vietnam was steep. A cunning enemy and restrictive terrain required escort units to possess well-understood and rehearsed battle drills, to have mobile and lethal convoy...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Convoy Escort Service Extraordinaire

    Aboard its V-100s named for comic book heroes, the 66th Military Police Company battled the enemy evildoers for control of South Vietnam’s roads. No matter where you are, there should be some law and order, and this is especially true in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Ambush at Thon Tham Khe

    Within 24 hours of hitting the beach in Operation Badger Tooth, 48 Marines were dead. The question that remains: Why? Marine Lance Corporal Larry Christensen was exhausted—and greatly disillusioned—from his first real battle as he...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Civilian medic’s routine service in a Vietnam war zone

    As a civilian medic serving in the midst of war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1972, I had my share of close calls. I found myself in plenty of hairy experiences, often alongside GIs who displayed remarkable acts of courage and compassion, but...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Photograph relieves one GI of his lingering guilt

    Over the years, the memories of my experience in Vietnam were becoming more and more faded. Had I actually spent some 60 days in the war? My neverceasing reminder that yes, I had been there, was the pain in my right knee. I had been...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    ARVN 81st Airborne Ranger Group

    The rangers shielded their eyes while the UH-1 slicks slowly hovered down to the landing zone, blowing red dust everywhere. Each soldier’s small frame was weighted down with three or four M-72 light antitank weapon (LAW) rocket launchers...

  • Vietnam, Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letters from Readers- August 2008

    The Long Shadow of My Lai Merle Wilberding’s article on My Lai (“What Really Happened in Pinkville,” April) places the massacre at the feet of Lieutenant William Calley and a handful of grunts, even while downplaying the number of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Son Tay Raid

    The Son Tay Raid: American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten by John Gargus. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, 2007, hardcover $45. In the Son Tay Raid, John Gargus asserts that although military schools may continue to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam’s Forgotten Army

    Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew A. Wiest. New York University Press, New York, 2008, softcover $35. Vietnam’s Forgotten Army is a powerful account of irony, coincidence and history as it traces the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Korea’s Myth-Making Marines

    The Blue Dragon Marine Brigade’s service in Vietnam earned it a legendary reputation. On October 9, 1965, Brigadier General Lee Bong Chool and the Korean 2nd Marine Brigade debarked in Cam Ranh Bay. Speaking to reporters who had come to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Adieu at Dien Bien Phu

    The intrepid and ingenious Pierre Guin had a final critical mission to complete before the Viet Minh surrounded and finished off the last French stronghold. Trained at the French Military Academy Saint-Cyr and later earning his airborne...