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    Free at Last: Operation Homecoming

    Forty years ago, Operation Homecoming saw nearly 600 American POWs freed—and began the task of accounting for those still missing. Oh, the unsettling stories that former prisoners of the Vietnam War could tell on the 40th anniversary of...

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    Stanley Karnow: An Interesting Man in Interesting Times

    Restless, skeptical, petulant and compulsively inquisitive, to the end. Stanley Karnow, the journalist and historian who wrote the definitive book on the war, fond of quoting a Chinese proverb: “May you live in Vietnam: A History, was...

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    The Collapse of Generalship

    The decline of integrity, discipline and objectivity among the generals in Vietnam fostered a dysfunctional chain of command and an Army in disarray. Just three decades before the United States found itself bogged down in an unpopular and...

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    Long Night on Hill 488

    In June 1966, a Marine recon platoon, surrounded and vastly outnumbered, achieved one of the war’s most audacious victories. Wearing his old jungle boonie hat, Ray Hildreth hunkered in the wheat-like grass at the top of Nui Vu Hill where...

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    Vietnam- Letter from the Editor June 2013

    Bookends to the War IN DECEMBER 2010, IN THE PROVINCIAL Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi had had enough of life in a repressive regime. His ultimate protest—setting himself afire on a city street—ignited a...

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    My War: Wayne Jensen

    Petty Officer Third Class, U.S. Navy 1963-66; November 1967 – November 1968 When I joined the Navy at 17 in Milwaukee, the Bay of Pigs was a big issue, and everyone thought we were going to war. My mom didn’t want my father to sign for...

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    Vietnam News June 2013

    Hagel Survives Close Combat Again, This Time in Congress After one of the most controversial and bruising Senate confirmation battles ever for a secretary of defense, by a vote of 58 to 41, decorated Vietnam War veteran and former Nebraska...

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    Vietnam- Letters from Readers June 2013

    Bad Night in the Victoria Hotel Thomas Johnson’s picture (“Saigon ’66,” April) of the aftermath of the April 1, 1966, Victoria Hotel bombing brought back memories, big time! I was an Army captain near the end of my first tour. The...

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    Vietnam Book Review: USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units

    USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War by Byron E. Hukee, Osprey Publishing, 2012 Nicknamed the “Spad,” after a World War I biplane, because of its seeming obsolescence in a jet-dominated decade, the Douglas Skyraider in...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Tunesmith Chronicles

    Tunesmith Chronicles: A Musical History Tour  by Lem Genovese, First Aviation Publishing, 2012 Author and Vietnam veteran Lem Genovese writes, “Each of us as warriors must face our own negotiating table and write our own peace...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam, by Andrew Wiest

    Vietnam: A View From the Front Lines, by Andrew Wiest, Osprey Publishing, 2013 The Vietnam War had nearly as many facets and perspectives as it had participants, and a vast trove of those perspectives are preserved in everything from...

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    Vietnam Book Review: True Faith and Allegiance

    True Faith and Allegiance: An American Paratrooper and the 1972 Battle for An Loc  by Mike McDermott, University of Alabama Press, 2012 Firsthand “boots on the ground” accounts of combat have long been a staple of the Vietnam...

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    The Duke’s Green Berets

    John Wayne’s 1968 take on the Vietnam War sang the praises of U.S. Special Forces but was panned by critics. John Wayne was drawn to the mystique of the elite U.S. Army Special Forces troops known as Green Berets when in the mid-...

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    Napalm’s Fiery Fall Into Infamy

    The incendiary bomb’s global debut was widely applauded and subsequent Cold War deployments little criticized. Vietnam shifted the paradigm. The jellied gasoline concoction created by Harvard scientist Louis Fieser help defeat the...

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    Norman, The Third Tour

    General Schwarzkopf’s return to Vietnam more than 20 years after his second combat tour brought him closure—and a mysterious threat of bloodshed. IN 1991 THE FACE OF U.S. MILITARY POWER WAS GENERAL NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF. Burly and...

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    Hunkering Down in a Place Called Khe Sanh

    Few had ever heard of the embattled combat base when an Air Force reporter flew in on January 23, 1968, but by the time he left two days later, he’d helped introduce it to the world. I had been standing down from active journalism for a...