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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...

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    Vietnam News- August 2009

    MiG and Phantom Foes: Back Together Again Former F-4 and MIG-21 adversaries Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, U.S.A.F. (Ret.) and Nguyen Hong My shared the stage at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington on April 28 to talk about their...

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    Vietnam Letters from Readers- August 2009

    My Lai, Tiger Force and Winning Wars I wasn’t going to add my “two-cents” on how something like My Lai could happen but then I read Col. Wesley Fox’s comments (June Letters) and I know he would have my back. It’s not that I’m...

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    Vietnam Book Review: My Enemy, My Friend

    My Enemy, My Friend: A Story of Reconciliation from the Vietnam War by Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, USAF (Ret.), with Fran Erickson, Aviation Heritage Park, 2009 Anyone who has studied the air war over Vietnam in detail, or who may have caught...

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    Duty and Honor: Escorting a Friend

    My orders were to be ‘military escort of a deceased soldier,’ but this soldier was my best friend. As I strode up the steps and through the door of Building Number 4, I was stopped cold in my tracks at the sight before me. In the...

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    My War: Owen Mike

    MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL, SUMMER 1968-MARCH 1970 I’m a Native American, Ho Chunk Nation, from Wisconsin. Above everything I accept my own death as destiny. It’s a great honor to die as a warrior on the battlegrounds. Summer of 1968,...

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    Vietnam News- October 2009

    High-Tech Search Yields Downed Chopper In late June, a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship, permitted in the waters off the coast of Vietnam for the first time, located the possible crash site of a downed U.S. helicopter in the South China...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Heart of a Patriot

    Heart of a Patriot, How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove by Max Cleland with Ben Raines, Simon and Schuster, 2009 By any measure, Max Cleland has lived a life full of pain and agony at a level endured by...

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    Wandering Souls

    A chance encounter on a steamy jungle trail begins a 40-year odyssey for tormented spirits seeking peace and redemption. Two days before he would kill Hoang Ngoc Dam, 1st Lieutenant Homer Steedly Jr. went out in the field to deliver...

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    My War: Thomas Sherman

    U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL, JAN. 1965–JAN. 1966; SEPT. 1972–FEB. 1973 We bombed Hanoi with B-52S for the first time in December 1972. It was called Operation Linebacker II and it was 11 days of bombing. I led the third attack. A lot of...