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  • World War II Magazine

    New Zealand’s Unknown Warriors

    When Lord Louis Mountbatten was named supreme Allied commander of the South East Asia Command (SEAC) in 1943, among his first decisions was to address the soldiers of the British Fourteenth Army in Burma, who felt so neglected they had...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- November 2006

    Bringing World War II Into The Classroom On July 25, 2006, the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum screened the first in a series of educational films dealing with World War II: On Freedom’s Wings: Bound for Glory—The Legacy of the Tuskegee...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Dubious Distinction at Kassel

    Flying their B-24 Liberators in the flak-filled skies over Europe late in World War II, the men of the 445th Bombardment Group knew they were renowned among the Eighth Air Force for two primary reasons—one, their ranks included Hollywood...

  • World War II Magazine

    Crossed Communications a Nightmare for USS California Survivor’s Parents

    Melvin “Mutt” Helmick’s first assignment following boot camp in the fall of 1940 was the battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor. He didn’t find it a favorable experience, however. “The crew was cool to young sailors,” he recalled,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Father of West Point

    In the long history of the U.S. Army, can we point to one man who had a decisive influence on shaping the spirit and ethos of the American officer? The competition for such a role is impressive. If we rely on leadership as a crucial...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Fighting Words: Gizmo and Gobbledygook

    Our lexicographer considers terms arising during World War II, and in the postwar era. A number of linguistic oddities arose during World War II, and perhaps surprisingly, some of them have survived. One of them is gizmo, for a mechanical...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Hope and Honor

    Hope and Honor by Major General Sid Shachnow and Jann Robbins. Forge, New York, 2004, softcover 2006, $14.95. As a reviewer, I must confess up front that I have known and respected co-author Sid Shachnow for 30 years. In fact, I was one of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Attack On Quang Tri

    Like Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Quang Tri City was a vital communications crossroads that the enemy had to take. Creeping unseen into Quang Tri, the 20 elite commandos of the Communist sapper platoon struck at 0200 hours on...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    First Stop To Vietnam, The Induction Center

    As the Greyhound bus neared the terminal, my pulse quickened. Regardless of how I wished to appear, 18 and naive were written all over me. My trip last year to Candlestick Park had given me big-city exposure. How different could Oakland...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Lurps

    Lurps: A Ranger’s Diary of Tet, Khe Sanh, A Shau, and Quang Tri By Robert C. Ankony. Hamilton Books, Lanham, Md., 2006, softcover $37. Dr. Robert C. Ankony has written a fascinating, highly readable memoir of his distinguished military...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Remains of War

    The Remains of War: Bodies, Politics, and the Search for American Soldiers Unaccounted For in Southeast Asia by Thomas Hawley. Duke University Press, Durham, N.C., 2005, softcover $22.95. This work makes a unique addition to the Politics,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Personality: Dale Richey

    Dale Richey joined the U.S. Army at age 18. After Airborne School, he moved quickly to Ranger training, and then he volunteered for Special Forces. In 22 years of military service, Richey earned many decorations, including the Silver Star,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Death on the Airwaves

    In the face of a human wave attack, an isolated unit’s survival hung on the courage of its radio operators. The heat reflecting off sandbags shimmered in the late afternoon sunlight. It was only the 20th of March. Wondering how hot it...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Two Yeats-loving GIs met on a Vietnam mountaintop

    The first time I met Goodbody was on a high, mist-shrouded mountaintop in Hiep Duc Valley, southwest of Da Nang. It was 1968, and we were both in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. A small landing zone had been slashed in a level spot near...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Marine Pfc Dwight Carroll: class clown to American hero

    The year was 1965. There was a war going on in Southeast Asia, but I knew little about it. One day in high school, my American history teacher assigned a current events paper for us to write. He did not consider television an acceptable...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Battle of Bong Trang

    “I determined that the platoon would defend the trench,” recalled James G. Holland. “Considering the number of men we had lost assaulting the trench, it wasn’t a hard decision to make. The five men remaining to my platoon were...