Crew members seek honorable ways to quit the Viet Nam civil war. They find only mutiny. Their flight for life through the forbidden Tonkin Gulf delivers the high point of modern naval fiction.
This mutiny-of-conscience novel is set in the seething days of the mid-sixties, when the US government was fighting Vietnam's civil war both at home and abroad. A young sailor comes of age and learns that following his conscience is the only honorable response to a grave deception -- his government is secretly using him and his ship to illegally escalate the Vietnam conflict to war.
The destroyer USS Abel, and life aboard it, is a vivid backdrop for this tight and tense emotional voyage to China and to war. It is not about a technical mutiny as in "The Caine Mutiny" but about a serious mutiny against governmental deception and over-control of its warriors.
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Beginning on the day Karen learns of her father's death and ending thirty years later with her pilgrimage to the battlefield where he died, half a world away from the family's hometown, After the Flag Has Been Folded is a triumphant tale of reconciliation between a daughter and her father, a daughter and her nation -- and a poignant remembrance of a mother's love and heroism.
Aftermath: A Song For Tyrone is a book that will take you inside the heart and the soul of the rifleman serving with the Infantry in Vietnam. It will take you there - and bring you back. In the words of one combat veteran who read it, "I can feel, taste and smell again the scenes he re-creates..." It is Vietnam as you have never experienced it unless you fought there. But, it also brings you back. In the words of another veteran, "It takes me back but don't trash me out!" and that may be because it takes the reader into the experience of heavy combat as seen from the inside and then inside the experience of the aging veteran dealing, as well as possible, with the memories that will never "Go away."
This is the Vietnam War as seen over the sights of a rifle. It is also the same war as seen by the aging grandfather who bears little resemblance to the young marine caught up in the carnage and fighting for survival at center stage of the most heart-wrenching war our country ever fought. This is that little band of brothers who did not set policy or debate International Priorities but simply took up their rifles and looked Death in the face for something they believed in - and found themselves fighting as much for each other as for anything. If you were there, this is your story. If you care for someone who was there this is what he could tell you but probably won't because he "Don't want to talk about it!" This is Vietnam - and it is the Aftermath.
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In 1960 the United States war machine concluded that an efficient deterrent to the Viet Cong would be the devastation of the crops and forestry that afforded them both succour and cover for their operations. Initial descriptions of the scheme included "Food Denial Program", later adapted to "depriving cover for enemy troops". They gave the idea the name "Operation Hades", but were advised that "Operation Ranch Hand" was a more suitable cognomen for PR purposes.
The US had developed a herbicide for the task. It became known as Agent Orange after the colour of the canisters used to distribute it. The planes that carried the canisters had 'only we can prevent forests!' as a logo on their fuselages. They were right. It was very effective. Unfortunately some herbicide also contained Dioxin, probably one of the world's deadliest poisons. In Agent Orange Philip Jones Griffiths has photographed the children and grandchildren of the farmers whose faces were lifted to the gentle rain of the contaminated herbicide.
By examining Fonda's childhood motivations, her radicalization, her POW "audience," her activities in North Vietnam, and through a detailed analysis of the American law of treason, "Aid and Comfort" makes the case that more than sufficient evidence existed to indict and convict Jane Fonda for the crime of treason.
In addition, the book reveals the shocking story of how, and why, the House Committee on Internal Security and the Nixon Department of Justice swept Fonda's conduct under the bureaucratic rug so that she would never be indicted. The appendix to "Aid and Comfort": Jane Fonda in North Vietnam contains the text of Fonda's broadcasts from North Vietnam.
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This includes the travels to Vietnam by Lyndon B. Johnson, and to the region by Kissinger, Nixon, and others during the 1960s/1970s.
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To date, 38,000 offspring have moved to the U.S., and this video introduces us to a number of Amerasians, some who have moved, and others who are about to leave Vietnam. The reality that confronts them in the U.S. can be a challenge. Even if their look is no longer a problem in the melting pot of American society, the culture shock is considerable-language, food, culture-so much is strange to them, and they feel themselves to be neither Vietnamese nor American. For the first time in their lives, they learn to be proud of themselves as Amerasians.
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To you, the unappreciated veterans of Vietnam, I say: "You may not have received a parade when you came home. The media may continue to malign your name. However, beginning here, it is my hope that you will see the record of your courageous achievements corrected and the history of your selfless service acknowledged. In this book I reveal the best-kept secret of the twentieth century: 'America Won the Vietnam War!' or 'How the Left Snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory.'"
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Also available with the book is a CD of songs entitled "A Veteran's Prayer" which was written shortly after his return from Vietnam expressing his feelings of despair at that time in his life. The story of the Veteran's Prayer is in his book An American Veteran.
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Alan Miller describes the day to day accounts of a Marine rifleman in Vietnam. How he dealt with the stress of one day walking patrol in a hostile war zone, and three days later walking the streets of his hometown. He describes living with the nightmares of war and death, while adjusting to his life back home. How, during a 30 day raucous, homecoming party, he meets the love of his life, and asks her to be his wife.
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Jan's book is a collection of stories, poems, and pictures by and about the women who served in Vietnam during the war. For over a decade, from the early 1960s, over 11,000 women from America, New Zealand, and Australia went to Vietnam as nurses, American Red Cross workers, physical therapists, entertainers, librarians, and more. Cry, laugh, and share a year in Vietnam with the ANGELS IN VIETNAM.
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Joe Finch's account of the year he spent as a helicopter pilot with the 25th Aviation Battalion during the Vietnam War. His story is raw and authentic, deeply personal and unflinching in its honesty.
He began his year as a naive young pilot, but soon learned that of all the difficult tasks before him, the most important mission was saving lives. It is in this task that Joe Finch exhibited the compassion and courage that make Americans proud of his service to our nation.
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By Barbara Deardorff, Diane DuPont, Linda Goodheart, Rhonda Prescott, and Ann Thompson
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Although all three presidents and their advisers claimed that these decisions were taken exclusively for national security concerns, much evidence suggests otherwise. In turn, the war had a transforming impact on American society. Popular perceptions of the "war at home" produced a dramatic and longstanding realignment in political allegiances, an assault on the media that still colors political debate today, and an economic crisis that weakened the nation for a decade after the last U.S. troops left Vietnam. Domestic conflict over the war led to the abolition of the draft, the curtailment of the intelligence agencies' unconstitutional practices, formal congressional restraints upon the imperial presidency, and epochal Supreme Court rulings that preserved First Amendment rights.
The war ultimately destroyed the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and indirectly forced the resignation of Richard Nixon. Those presidents who followed through the remainder of the twentieth century constructed their foreign policies mindful that they would not survive politically if they were to lead the nation into another protracted limited war in the Third World.
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Battle Notes provides unique insight into the music of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Animals and many others and what their songs had to say about the war. In addition, the musical views of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and even Pat Boone are included. Also included is the music of Vietnam veterans like Sarge Lintecum and Tim Murphy. Over 180 songs are included in this book. Battle Notes includes chapters on Music of Combat, Protest, Patriotism, and the Aftermath of the war.
Outstanding photos and illustrations. Interviews with Bill Belmont, road manager for Country Joe and the Fish, Mark Berger, film editor for Apocalypse Now. Vietnam Veterans and students also give their reactions to how the music tells the story of this era.
Not only does Andresen cover the big hits, he gets down and dirty with the straight scoop on some of the obsure, but meaningful tunes of the 60's and 70's.
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By Vern Greunke
Readers of this book who have written to the author have expressed praise for his efforts, as they can identify with the thoughts he puts down on paper. Included also are a few short stories of Vern's experiences, along with biographies of the members of his team, "then and now."
Also included is an account of their first mini-reunion after 30 years.
This book is self-published and printed with a color cover and includes 12 picture pages.
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Being eventually assigned to most of the fire support bases (FSBs) along the DMZ, George Ragsdale's experiences provide a detailed account of radar counterbattery operations and failures from the trenches. This is a unique story of the artillery duels fought by American and South Vietnamese forces against elements of the North Vietnamese 304th Division.
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In a battle, seconds seem like hours. Actions and reactions occur a thousand times a minute. Every move a soldier makes may be his last, if he isn't thinking. Every time he aims his weapon at the enemy, he may be violating an entire value system established in his personality very early in life. Every time a soldier kills, his moral fiber is changed. The quote "It was either him or you," is constantly thrown at the soldier as some sort of consolation or rationalization for the taking of another human being's life.
The poems offered in this book don't try to find answers, nor do they ask any of those questions we, as a society, are never able to answer. The poems in this book are offered as one person's observation/opinion of a war, expressed in song form.
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This is a riveting story that provides a good look into the soul of a PTSD Vietnam veteran. You can feel the emotional pain as he re-lives the events that brought about his spiritual and physical wounds. You will find some very raw honesty and emotional pain near the end of the book where he inserts his poetry. He gives a voice to his pain and spiritual wounds.
During Brondsema’s second tour as a Marine grunt near Khe Sanh, his unit was hit hard. Most all of the men were wounded or killed. That event in 1968 has stayed with George all these years and today he is still trying to deal with those issues. What happened and how he handled all the terror and reality of war is what makes this book a good and insightful read. Other veterans may be able to identify with the author and perhaps, be able to recognize their own behaviors - so they can begin their own healing process.
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Brave Men, Gentle Heroes is the first book of its kind: oral histories of World War II veterans and their sons who are Vietnam veterans. These men served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Officers and enlisted men, career servicemen and citizen soldiers. Men of European, African, Asian, Latino, and Native American ancestry. Men who speak in the authentic voices of an Indiana farmer, a Brooklyn bus driver, a Louisiana small businessman, a Seattle machinist.
The contrasts between World War II and Vietnam are well known to Americans, and they are everywhere in these compelling accounts. But the stories in Brave Men, Gentle Heroes are also rich with elements intrinsic to all wars and all soldiers: courage, honor, service, duty, youth, adventure, fear, idealism, love of country and of family, exasperation with military bureaucracy.
The men whose eloquent voices appear in Brave Men, Gentle Heroes offer remarkable insights into the way men live through war. But Brave Men, Gentle Heroes is also about how men live with war - how they remember war, and carry it with them, in the years and decades that follow.
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Set at Camp Pendleton in Southern California and the Columbia University campus in New York, the couple struggles poignantly, often comically, through a maelstrom of the gender, racial, drug, and political debates of the era. A fictional insight into the turbulent times of the late 60s and early 70s, the novel is a precursor of the interpersonal and group conflicts of today.
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For Vietnam veterans, this story will bring back precious memories that will make them say, "Yeah, I remember doing stuff like that. That part of the war was fun." And those who never served in the military will find this an enjoyable eye-opener to military life from the eyes of an 18-year-old city boy from Baltimore.
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For Vietnam veterans, this story will bring back precious memories that will make them say, “Yeah, I remember doing stuff like that. That part of the war was fun.” For those who never served in the military will find this an enjoyable eye-opener to military life.
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Bugs in Armor takes the reader on a historical journey of military expeditions and their encounters with a relentless bug-the malaria parasite. It is also a story of how this confrontation fuelled research that gave the world a better understanding of the nature of malaria, its treatment and prevention.
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Robert Bwire was born in Uganda where he trained as a physician. He worked for the Infectious Diseases Control Unit of the Royal Netherlands Army and still does some consultation work for the unit. At present, Dr. Bwire is an epidemiologist with the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles.
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The late 60's in America was tumulus and uncertain. A young Oregon ranch kid must decide whether to flee or fight. The young man understands he will not flee.
During the fifty days of living like a wild dog in a dirt den the young Marine witnesses the decimation of his grunt company. From his first patrol where his new found fellow Oregonian dies in front of him, to the wayward 500- pound bomb that kills and maims several of his company, the young marine sees that the death around him is like a slow flesh-eating virus.
Ignoring the old military axiom never volunteer the marine volunteers for a new recon company being formed. He and the other volunteers play cat and mouse in the dark and unholy jungles of Vietnam. The casualties still mount, but for the first time the enemy is now seen by the transformed warrior and he is able to fight back.
Unlike PLATOON this account shows the honor, the devotion to duty and even a few laughs. These are not Americans who fought one another, but Americans who fought for America and men this Marine would like to be buried with.
I have fought in only one war. In it, I witnessed the bravery of young soldiers, their unwavering stamina, their will to live, and their willingness to die. I lived with these men in conditions worse than anything I could ever have imagined in a protracted war that saw our country flounder pitifully and ultimately fail.
With that failure, we, along with our nation, changed forever. Innocent, teenage soldiers-rock'n'rollers, rednecks, reluctant recruits-we went to fight an honorable fight to stem the tide of communism. But as the war dragged on, our music died, and the honor of this nation suffered a near fatal blow. Gone forever was our youth and innocence. For those of us who went and survived, the Vietnam War will go with us to our graves. And it will go as a task not completed.
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The result is THE CAT FROM HUE: A Vietnam War Story, a passionately felt, vividly described memoir, laced with humor, anger, love, and the unforgettable story of a very idiosyncratic feline named Meo who was determined to play his part in the Vietnam revolution. In reconstructing his experiences, Laurence relied not only on his notes and memory and formidable literary skill, but also on hundreds of hours of film footage shot at the time giving the book an uncanny vividness, power, and fidelity to facts.
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Since retiring from active duty, he has published two highly successful technothrillers. His first novel, "The Iskra Incident," earned the 1991 "Award of Excellence for Aviation Fiction" from the Aviation/Space Writers Association. "Red Lightning-Black Thunder," a thriller involving space warfare, was crafted from his experience as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Space Division and as a pilot on worldwide missions in C-141 jet transports.
While at the Air War College, he wrote a book-length report, "Crickets on a Steel Tiger: The Interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1966-1968." It earned the Air Force Historical Foundation's 1980 Award for the best aerospace report of major historical interest.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy Class of 1963, he resides in Colorado Springs where he established the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 1993.
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Vic tries not to let these re-occurrences bother him but they take their toll on what could be a very successful writing career. He does his best to keep the latest "terrors" from his wife, Molly and his two sons, Spence and Mark. All is well until he feels the need to travel to the "Wall", This could well be his last trip anywhere as he discovers that he has brought something back from the war with him which has been inside of him for more than 20 years. As his life may be slowly slipping away, he discovers the foreign substance that he has been harboring for these many years. As Vic lay in his hospital bed, only he knows whether he will survive or not...... Author Bob Staranowicz, born in Philadelphia, served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam.
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Chickenhawk recounts the Vietnam War from the perspective of a helicopter pilot who experienced many combat missions.
A recent edition includes illustrations and the real names of individuals and units.
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Saga of a Student Warrior--The first story follows the military training of Callaghan who, during his draft induction, was christened "Hallaghan" due to a bureaucratic error. It describes how he dealt with his new and strange environment, and his first assignment as a post radio officer.
Saga of a Saigon Warrior--The Capital Military Assistance Command (C.M.A.C.), Saigon, and the surrounding districts were Callaghan's home in Vietnam during 1969. He met his match when he tangled with General Gottard, the personification of the cartoon character 'Yosemite Sam,' until a year later when Callaghan suffered an untimely accident while clearing post.
Saga of a Garrison Warrior--Returned from near death by a C.M.A.C. medic, Callaghan was quickly moved to Third Field Force hospital near Tan Son Nhut air base, where, after a lengthy operation, he was transferred to Guam to convalesce and regain his real name. Healed, the recently promoted Captain Callaghan then commanded a signal company, where the trials and tribulations of a garrison environment tested his perseverance.
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In Con Thien, James P. Coan combines his personal experiences with information taken from archives, interviews with battle participants, and official documents to construct a powerful story of the daily life and combat on the red clay bull's-eye known as "The Hill of Angels."As a tank platoon leader in Alpha Company, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d marine Division, Coan was stationed at Con Thien for eight months during his 1967-68 service in Vietnam and witnessed much of the region's notorious carnage.
Con Thien was heavily bombarded with impunity by enemy artillery because it was located in politically sensitive territory and the U.S. government would not permit direct armed response from Marine tanks. Coan, like many other soldiers, began to feel as though the government was as much the enemy as the NVA, yet he continued to fight for his country with all that he had. In his riveting memoir, Coan depicts the hardships of life in the DMZ and the ineffectiveness of much of the U.S. military effort in Vietnam.
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Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order offers a glimpse of conditions in the First Cavalry Division around Bien Hoa during the last years of the Vietnam war. In 1971, Bill Blake encounters fragging, racism, and heroin addiction while defending soldiers in court-martial trials as a young Army JAG lawyer. Much like the soldiers he defends, Blake finds himself in conflict with his superior officers.
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The facts and the documentation of untruths, disinformation, and the lingering results, written by the mother of a Vietnam Veteran and vociferous peace activist.
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