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  • 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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Douglas Pike On the Tragedy of Our Times

    Tough questions remained even for the man who arguably knew the intricacies of Vietnam better than anyone else. INTRODUCTION Douglas Pike arrived in Saigon in 1960 as an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He spent...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Torture: The Lesson from Vietnam

    What makes America different from its enemies? “WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AMERICA I KNEW AS A POW?” When my German father-in-law asked me that question for the first time right after the news broke about abuses in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    No Peace in the Valley

    One platoon’s daring raid to take Signal Hill was key to a massive air cav assault in the A Shau Valley. As evening approached on April 9, 1968, Sergeant Doug Parkinson’s six-man long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP, or “Lurp”)...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- October 2008

    Why is it that hard-learned military lessons seem harder to relearn the second time around? The United States knows how to be military advisers—or at least we should. We’ve had plenty of practice at it. From the occupation of the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Cavalry commander Lee Lewane

    In the space of 30 days in 1966, the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment was in the thick of three violent and sometimes desperate battles with the Viet Cong. The extra – ordinary performance and heroism under fire by the men of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The 60th Land Clearing Company ‘Jungle Eaters’

    Choking dust, clouds of stinging insects, biting monkeys, trees and enemy rockets crashing from above, tunnels collapsing under foot— in temperatures reaching 130 degrees—were all in a day’s work for the 60th Land Clearing Company,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The LVTP-5 amtrac pulled its weight in Vietnam

    On December 11, 1967, two Marine provisional rifle platoons moved in on a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) position near the mouth of the Cua Viet River. An attached company of Marine infantry had spotted an NVA platoon the day before. Part of...