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    DVD Review: When I Have Your Wounded

    When I Have Your Wounded: The Dustoff Legacy, DVD  directed by Patrick Fries, Arrowhead Films, 2013 Part recruiting ad and part personal tribute to the narrator’s father, medevac pioneer Major Charles L. Kelly, When I Have Your...

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    Giap’s Second Masterpiece

    Long-held beliefs that the Tet Offensive was intended to produce a single-stroke victory are challenged by new insights into one of the 20th century’s most astute military commanders. General Vo Nguyen Giap understood very early in the...

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    A Study in Terror

    Fifty years ago, a Saigon Special Action Team took the Viet Cong terrorism campaign to a new level by bombing the Capital–Kinh Do Theater. On the evening of Feb. 16, 1964, during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday, about 500 Americans were...

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    From the Bulge to Tet

    Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk played a significant role in two of America’s most famous battles. The frozen, bitterly cold forest in Europe during a major World War II offensive and the steamy South Vietnamese capital city at the...

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    “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...

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    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...

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    Letters from Readers- Vietnam February 2014

    Convoy Casualty AS A FORMER CONVOY COMMANDER WITH the 8th Transportation Group, I read with great interest “Hard Ride in a Hard War” in the December 2013 issue. I served from July 1967 to July 1968 as a platoon leader and convoy...

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    Book Review: Assault From the Sky

    Assault From the Sky: U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam  by Dick Camp, Casemate Publishers, 2013 T he iconic image of Vietnam’s helicopter war is that of a Bell UH-1 Huey carrying, supporting or evacuating U.S. Army...

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    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...

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    Book Review: The FN FAL Battle Rifle

    The FN FAL Battle Rifle by Bob Cashner, Osprey Publishing, 2013 When most veterans of the Vietnam War think of an infantry weapon, it’s usually either an M-14, M-16, SKS carbine or AK-47. But to veterans from Australia and New Zealand,...

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    Book Review: Fire Base Illingworth

    Fire Base Illingworth: The Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds by Philip Keith, St. Martin’s Press, 2013 Shortly before midnight on the evening of March 31, 1970, ground surveillance radar detected movement in...

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    1964: Misread Signals, Lost Opportunities

    New insights—from intelligence archives of the United States and North Vietnam—highlight the genesis 50 years ago of a flawed strategy. Had President Lyndon B. Johnson, advisers and intelligence services not disregarded, rejected,...

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    Suicide Charlie Hits a Wall of Steel on Hill 110

    A storied Marine rifle company’s mission impossible against an overwhelming enemy force— and ghastly friendly errors. On April 21, 1967, Operation Union I was launched, its objective to find, fix and destroy enemy forces in the Que Son...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...