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    Valor | John Lee Levitow

    Air Force AC-47 gunships, called “Spooky” and “Puff the Magic Dragon,” prowled the skies over South Vietnam during the dangerous hours of darkness when grunts on the ground would come under attack. Their miniguns could rain one...

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    Voices | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    We’re trying to do as good a job as we can telling the story from every perspective as we can. The story of the Vietnam War is a story about the present as well as the past, says Ken Burns, whose documentary on the conflict, co-directed...

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    Media Digest | The Battle That Changed the War

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. There were hundreds of battles and thousands of smaller engagements during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but most...

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    Arsenal | M113A1 Personnel Carrier

    A group of troops atop an M113 is one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. The M113 armored personnel carrier, second only to the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter in battlefield importance, entered production in April 1960....

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    Gourmet Grunts, 1968-70

    GIs used ingenuity – and initiative – to turn field rations into field “cuisine” during the Vietnam War. In every war, soldiers have griped about their food; American GIs serving during the Vietnam War were no exception. Yet even...

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    Armchair General- Letters from Readers March 2013

    Found: Ike’s “Missing” Steel Pot In Action’ Steel Pot?” (p. 6) noted the absence of World War II photos showing General Dwight D. Eisenhower wearing a steel helmet, since Ike habitually wore a service hat or overseas cap. ACG’s...

  • Reviews

    Review- Armchair General May 2013

    MacArthur’s War: The Flawed Genius Who Challenged the American Political System by Bevin Alexander (Berkley Hardcover, 2013). Alexander once again demonstrates his superb mastery of the historian’s craft as he tackles head-on American...

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    Armchair General- Letters from Readers May 2013

    Pinched Fingers? When I researched the article “Gourmet Grunts, 1968-70,” which I wrote for the January 2013 issue of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center people at Fort Lee, Va., about the lack of a small folding stove, like the German...

  • Interviews

    Interview: John E. Hamilton

    ACG interviews the VFW’s commander in chief. As a third-generation Marine and decorated Vietnam War veteran, John E. Hamilton knows about service to America. Yet he neither planned to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) nor did he...

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    Valor | Willy Williams, Most Decorated Enlisted Sailor in Navy history

    In the history of the U.S. Navy only seven men have earned all of the “Big Three” valor awards: Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal. Six were World War II officers, including one aviator and four submarine commanders. The...

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    Interview: Colonel Warren Wiedhahn

    ACG interviews a decorated veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Colonel Warren Wiedhahn spent 33 years in the U.S. Marines, fighting in two wars against two enemies in some of the worst weather extremes imaginable. He received...

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    Armchair General- Dispatches November 2013

    Navy Cross for Vietnam War Heroism Former active duty Marine Ned E. Seath received the Navy Cross, the second highest award for valor in the Marine Corps and Navy, in a February 11, 2011, ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine...

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    Lightning Bug War Over North Vietnam

    A top-secret, highly successful and still unheralded program in Vietnam presaged today’s drone victories in the war on terror. At a surface-to-air missile site south of Hanoi on February 13, 1966, radar appeared to lock in on a lone...

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    When Pigs Fly

    Five unlikely passengers add a surprising twist to a mundane chopper flight. I was prepared for another routine trip to Dak Pek to deliver the monthly payroll sheets and funds for the Civilian Irregular Defense Group troops. Routine meant...

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    War for Peace in Vietnam

    Final peace talks in Paris, interrupted by ferocious Yuletide bombing, epitomized the byzantine and often bizarre maneuverings that let the United States find a way out of Vietnam. IN TET’S WAKE, FORMAL PEACE TALKS between the United...

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    Vietnam- Letter from the Editor February 2013

    Counting the Years LAST MEMORIAL DAY AT the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, President Barack Obama launched the Department of Defense program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On the stage that day were Defense Secretary Leon...