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  • World War II Magazine

    Who’s to Blame for Private Eddie Slovik’s Death?

    Private Eddie Slovik, executed for desertion in 1945, has been memorialized in print and film as an unwitting sufferer of a cruel army. A deeper look, though, reveals a different story...

  • 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

    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- August 2008

    A super private, and a super loyal friend Not everything about a GI’s experience in Vietnam was completely negative; not all the memories are bad. Writing in his classic World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, German author...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- August 2008

    Memorial Wall records now available via the Web The National Archives and Records Administration and Footnote.com have together launched a virtual replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, making historical records of...

  • 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

    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

    Collateral Damage

    A wounded vet’s odyssey home began four decades ago on an egg-splattered bus. I was wounded on August 18, 1968, in an ambush while at the helm of an armored troop carrier heading north on Hai Muoi Tam Canal in the Mekong Delta. With a...

  • 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

    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

    Vietnam Letters from Readers- October 2008

    No Ambush at Thon Tham Khe I was the embarkation officer and S-4A of Battalion Landing Team 3/1, and no image has seared itself into my mind more strongly than the sight, on the hangar deck of USS Valley Forge, of the remains of the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    World Airways’ Audacious Airlift

    Just days before Saigon’s fall in April 1975, Ed Daly and Charles Patterson of World Airways defied U.S. bureaucracy to fly Amerasian orphans out of Vietnam. Charles Patterson earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Unsung Hero in the Amazing Rescue of Bat 21 Bravo

    South Vietnamese SEAL Nguyen Van Kiet’s courage and cunning got a downed airman past 30,000 NVA troops and earned him the U.S. Navy Cross. When Lieutenant Colonel Iceal “Gene” Hambleton was shot down just south of the DMZ on April 2,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Funny Money

    U.S. Military Payment Certificates were an integral part of the Vietnam experience, and like so much else in the war, they played a more complicated role than intended. For GIs, Military Payment Certificates, along with dog tags, combat...