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  • Ask Mr. History

    Did the Ancient Romans Wear Underwear?

    Did the ancient Romans wear underwear?? Ryan Krause   ???   Ryan, The Romans—like numerous peoples before them—most certainly did wear underwear, the most fundamental of which was a loincloth knotted on both sides. It went...

  • 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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Behind the Lines: Faux Paris, 1918- Construire un autre Paris? Non, c’est...

    But build a second Paris they did, in one of the oddest episodes of World War I. The project was set in motion by the French Ministry of War as a massive decoy to fool German airmen, who had begun bombing Paris seriously in early 1916. By...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Laws of War: TR’s 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth

    The night of February 8–9, 1904, Japan launched a damaging surprise attack on the Russian fleet moored at Port Arthur, Manchuria, heralding the opening of the Russo-Japanese War. For the next two years a rising, rapidly modernizing...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Misalliance by Edward Miller

    Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam  by Edward Miller, Harvard University Press, 2013 On Nov. 2, 1963, the president of the Republic of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, and his brother and closest...

  • 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

    Book Review: Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman

    Taking Fire, Saving Captain Aikman: A Story of the Vietnam Air War  by Kevin O’Rourke and Joe Peters, Casemate Publishers, 2013 June 27, 1972, was a rare day for the North Vietnamese: Their MiG-21s took a heavy toll on their usual...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    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...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Letter from the Editor- Vietnam April 2014

    Sons of ‘Nam The service members who returned home from Vietnam were each affected by their war experiences in unique and life-changing ways. The effects range from profound impacts of physical and psychological disability and other...

  • 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

    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...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Letters from Readers- Vietnam April 2014

    Cambodian UXO Survivors Siem Reap near Angor Wat in Cambodia has a group searching for unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the same time frame as shown in the story “Good Boom,” February 2014. Here is a photograph taken by me and my wife,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Rolling Thunder: After More Than 25 Years, Closure at Last

    A downed pilot, his daughter and the ring that brought peace of mind. Robin Smith’s father disappeared in Vietnam during the summer of 1969, and his daughter went to look for him—26 years after Lt. Col. Robert N. Smith, a Marine pilot,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War

    Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War edited by John Day Tully, Matthew Masur and Brad Austin, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014 For today’s college and high school students, the Vietnam War may as well be the Peloponnesian War,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    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...