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    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...

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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...

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    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...

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    Vietnam News- October 2008

    A most unlikely McCain supporter Although Tran Trong Duyet hasn’t seen Senator John McCain for nearly 35 years, he says he’d vote for him if he could. The 75-year-old met McCain during the former Navy pilot’s incarceration in Hanoi...

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    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...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Eagle Days

    Eagle Days: A Marine Legal/Infantry Officer in Vietnam by Don W. Griffis. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2007, hardcover $29.95. Author Don Griffis was a young Marine lawyer when he began his Vietnam tour in June 1968. He was...

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    Vietnam News- December 2008

    Agent Orange Linked to Prostate Cancer Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a significantly greater risk of prostate cancer, especially the most aggressive form of the disease, according to a recently released study. The study of...

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    2,032 days of solitary in China

    To this day Robert Flynn, a POW who spent more time in solitary confinement than any American ever, denies he violated Chinese airspace. On August 21, 1967, A-6A Intruder bombardier-navigator Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn was shot...

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    Vietnam News- February 2009

    ‘Vietnam Experience’ Exhibit Unveiled at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Specialist 4 Bill Beck and Specialist 4 Russell Adams were among 450 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, who were greatly outnumbered on...

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    My War: One Marine’s wild ride off the Rockpile was more of...

    Dusk was just turning to darkness when I spotted the CH-46 that would be my ride off the Rockpile, a jagged, 800-foot pile of earth jutting out of the ground along the northern edge of Camp Carroll. Recon Marines used the Rockpile as an...

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    Vietnam News- April 2009

    Shineski to VA, Jones to NSA: Obama Taps Vietnam Veterans for Top Posts “I think that General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they come home,” President-elect...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- April 2009

    ‘Combat’ Was My Best Friend Your news item of last April, “Honoring a soldier’s best friend,” brought back memories. I landed in Chu Lai on May 5, 1965, as a Marine sergeant with the 1st Engineer Battalion, which became the 3rd...

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    Vietnam Book Review: The War Behind Me

    The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes by Deborah Nelson, Basic Books, 2008, $26.95, www.warbehindme.com Once upon a time, there was an army that had been defeated in war. Reeling from the...

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    My War: The Night I Died in My Bird Dog

    DONALD TYLER Captain, U.S. Army, Forward Air Controller 183rd Reconnaissance Airplane Company Phan Thiet, 1969-70 There it was, a flicker of light about a mile away in the distance. I was in my O-1 Bird Dog returning from a tree-killing...

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    Vietnam News- June 2009

    Vietnam’s Shadow Reaches Obama Will February 17, 2009, someday be regarded as a date of great historical import, the starting point of what could be a dangerous road into an unwinnable military conflict? That is the alarm being sounded...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- June 2009

    Finding Major Cau When I reached page 21 of the February issue of Vietnam I almost went into shock. The story on Cau Le finally closed a constant question in my mind, “What happened to Major Cau?” I was the lone adviser to the 2nd...