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Vietnam Memoirs-Part 1: My Experiences as a Marine Platoon Leader

By Don Bonsper

This simple, honest book by Don Bonsper takes readers on his journey as he assumes command of a Marine infantry platoon in Vietnam. Starting with his arrival in June, 1967, until his reassignment to the Marine Advisory Unit in November, 1967, the reader will experience Vietnam at the platoon and company levels. This book is not full of glorified stories about combat. Rather it is the author’s best recollection of the day to day reality of living in combat. His story is not unique or special, but it is honest and real.

Vietnam Memoirs-Part 2: My Experiences as an Advisor with the Vietnamese Marine Corps

By Don Bonsper

This second book by Don Bonsper picks up where Part 1 left off: Don’s assignment to the Marine Advisory Unit in Saigon. His journey as an advisor starts with his assignment as the assistant advisor with the 2nd Battalion, Vietnamese Marne Corps (VNMC). He initially serves in the III Combat Tactical Zone (CTZ) near Saigon and then moves to CTZ IV in the Mekong River Delta. Now the reader can see the challenges of working with the military forces of another country. Don leaves Vietnam for 6 days of Rest and Relaxation with his wife, Pam, in Hawaii only to have South Vietnam explode with the Tet Offensive in January 1968. Don’s return to Vietnam quickly puts him back in harm’s way as he and the battalion work with the Mobile Riverine Force. When the senior advisor of the 2nd Battalion completes his tour of duty, Captain Bonsper becomes the only senior advisor with the rank of captain among the six VNMC battalions. He finishes his tour with the largest battle of his time in Vietnam. Similar to Part 1, this book is not full of glorified stories about combat. Rather it is the author’s best recollection of the day to day reality of working and living as an advisor with an elite unit of the Vietnamese military forces. His story is shared by hundreds of other US military officers who also served as advisors during the long war.

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Tales of an Ugly Angel

By Gary Doss

As a young man in Oklahoma, Gary Doss had plans for his future –plans that included a budding interest in mechanics. Then one day in November 1965, his Uncle Same offered him an opportunity to become a United States Marine with a career in aviation. He visualized himself working on an airplane - and leapt at the chance.

So began Gary’s long association - not with fixed-wing aircraft, but with helicopters. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Gary was a member of the famed “Ugly Angel” squadron. These noisy, oily old Sikorsky choppers carried Marines into battle and extracted them when necessary. As a door gunner and mechanic, Gary focused on this special aircraft - and on the many missions into and out of harm’s way.
Gary is still passionate about helicopters - especially a particular one - YL-37.

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Tears of Blood

The Betrayal of America's Veterans

By Chuck Lawrence



"This is the first book of its kind that addresses the problems with the VA and the impact of Budget cuts to our Veteran programs."

--Chuck Lawrence, Author



"'Tears of Blood' is WELL WORTH the read; I JUST COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!"
--Yvonne Garrison, RN, USAF, VIETNAM VET, '67-'69



Editor's NOTE: The following are comments from people that have read the book and taken the time to land mail or email the author. The "VVHP" does not have permission to use their names at this time, but we want to place this book now for our viewers.



"Thanks for doing this. Finally someone has told my story. I know I am not alone. Thank you my Brother."
"IF, I mean 'if' I kept a dairy, which I didn't, I would swear you stole it and told my story. Thanks for stepping up and exposing the truth."
"The new book, 'Tears of Blood' by Chuck Lawrence, should be required reading for all veterans, all active forces, and friends and relatives that have veterans that are sick or being treated by the VA hospitals. If you are processing a claim through the VA, you should read this book immediately. The book covers Chuck's 10-year-plus ordeal getting his claim approved by the VA."
"I received your book and couldn't put it down. I hope every veteran, family member or friend reads this book."
"The frustrations echoed throughout your book comes through loud and clear."
"This book is must reading!!! Thank you very much, Chuck. I have never been so inspired in my life by anyone's story than I have been by yours."
"That was a helluva Book! Sad commentary on VA Policy, but the truth must be told. VA was and still is a primarily self-serving bureaucracy."
"I just read 'Tears of Blood!' It is compelling and a sad indictment of how our nation treats warriors who protect its freedoms."



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Tell Me A War Story

By Major George E. Kinback, Jr.

This manuscript is a compilation of individual stories from my experiences as an Army Aviator and instructor pilot during the period from 1956 to 1973. The venues are Central and South America, Korea, USA, Japan and Vietnam. Each story is introduced by a first person cliffhanger of a few paragraphs in italics followed by a more detailed story.

ISBN: 1419648276

They Answered the Call: Latinos in the Vietnam War

By Gil Dominguez

Latinos have fought in every conflict in which the United States has been involved, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Regardless of whether they were inductees or volunteers, Latino soldiers, airmen and Marines served with great distinction and bravery, compiling a record of courage unmatched by any other ethnic or racial group in the United States. They earned thirty-nine Medals of Honor -- fourteen of those for service in Vietnam.

Yet the American public is largely unaware of the sacrifices made by Latino citizens, mainly because of the lack of writings on the subject. This book is an attempt to fill the void in the literature dealing with the role of Hispanics in war; in this case, America's longest and most unpopular conflict. The author interviewed twenty-one warriors who candidly relate their experiences in combat and share their feelings about the war and what it means to be a Latino Vietnam vet.

They Answered the Call: Latinos in the Vietnam War is available online at major booksellers, including publishamerica.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. The author also has copies available.
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Thrones of the Arrogant

By Patrick J. McGarvey

Pat McGarvey served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force and later with the CIA. His novel is a heady mix of fact and fiction. Be sure to read this excellent review:

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Pat can be reached at: McGoo@worldnet.att.net


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Through Smoked Glass

By E. W. "Erny" Richardson

Glimpses of a Life Before, During and After Vietnam

This collection is about memories, those bits and pieces of things we experience, directly and indirectly, then store away... they are the raw material of dreams. The poems of this collection tell a story of a Vietnam veteran's life. They represent life events of more than 45 years. Don't be surprised if you see something familiar...the fabric of memory and of dreams is universal.

Erny Richardson also maintains a quarterly journal dedicated to all veterans, "Distant Echoes."

ISBN: 0595240658

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Thunder in the Night: A Sailor's Perspective on Vietnam

By Raymond S. Kopp

When May 1972 came around, the war in Vietnam was supposed to be winding down. But for a the crew of the USS Newport News and other select units of the US Navy it was just beginning. Penetrating deep into heavily defended North Vietnamese waters the young sailors and marines experienced war like they never thought they would. The crew spent long nights maneuvering the ships, stealthily into enemy territory, surprising the opposition and devastating them with awesome firepower. In raid after raid the men were overwhelmed with the reality of the destruction they visited upon their adversary, a well-trained, well-supplied military-industrial regime intent on defending it's resources at all cost. As the war trudged on, however, they found themselves both targets of enemy fire and subjects of inner-psychological warfare.

ISBN: 189245128X

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Tim O'Brien

If you're not a Tim O'Brien fan, you may be soon. Check out the O'Brien Home Page for details on his many "Best Sellers."

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To Have and To Hold

By John-Michael Hendrix

The beautiful story of how the author met and fell in love with an Army nurse and all the problems they encountered to be together and get married during war time. John was a helicoptor pilot shot down SEVEN times during his tour of Viet Nam and received several decorations.

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To Nam And Back

By Randall Juge

Pilots live by a code of honor. They assist other pilots and help the troops in the battlefields. They ride into battle, strike the enemy, and ride out. Like the knights of old, the helicopter pilots of the Vietnam War were the Templars. Their steed—the helicopter—wore the armor that was little more than a shell of aluminum-magnesium that had an affinity for fire and burned like a sparkler once ignited. The war left an impression on every soldier who served in Nam. It is only now that these veterans are willing to share their memories with others. Time has healed some. And some soldiers can even find some humor when recalling the terrifying events of the war that forever tainted their youth. This book is one helicopter pilot’s memories of being in flight during combat. He was one of many, who went from a civilian, to a soldier, and then back to civilian life. The author uses humor to lighten his story and the hearts of his readers, and it works.

# ISBN: 1595263160

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To Waltz with a White Horse

By Ron Shepherd

This is a story by a disabled Vietnam Veteran of an army Sergeant who comes back to the states with one less leg and a bad drug habit. It tells of his successes and failures and is an adventure in reading from front to back.

ISBN 0-9769455-2-5

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The Twenty-five Year Century: A South Vietnamese General Remembers the Indochina War to the Fall of Saigon"

by Lam Quang Thi

For General Lam Quang Thi, the twentieth century had only twenty-five years: from 1950 to 1975, during which the Republic of Vietnam and its Army grew up and collapsed with the fall of Saigon. This is the story of those twenty-five years. General Thi fought in the Indochina War as a battery commander on the side of the French.

When Viet Minh aggression began after the Geneva Accords, he served in the nascent Vietnamese National Army, and his career covers this army's entire lifespan. He was deputy commander of the 7th Infantry Division, and in 1965 he assumed command of the 9th Infantry Division. In 1966, at the age of thirty-three, he became one of the youngest generals in the Vietnamese Army. He participated in the Tet Offensive before being removed from the front lines for political reasons.

When North Vietnam launched the 1972 Great Offensive, he was brought back to the field and eventually promoted to commander of an Army Corps Task Force along the Demilitarized Zone. With the fall of Saigon, he left Vietnam and emigrated to the United States.

Like his tactics during battle, General Thi pulls no punches in his denunciation of the various regimes of the Republic, and complacency and arrogance toward Vietnam in the policies of both France and the United States. Without lapsing into bitterness, this is finally a tribute to the soldiers who fell on behalf of a good cause.

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20th Century Anthology

By Brian Wizard

Five novels, a video documentary, and an eleven-song music CD, accompanied by a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Includes the "Will He Make It" Saga -- three of the novels and the amazing "Thunderhawk" video documentary, which is composed of actual combat footage found in the first novel, "Permission to Kill." This Saga was an official contender for the 1999 Pultizer Prize in Letters and is now a Nobel contender in Literature.

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The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam

By Christy Sauro

In the evening of June 28, 1967, 150 young Americans were sworn into the Marine Corps as part of the pre-game ceremonies of a Minnesota Twins baseball game. Before the end of the fourth inning these volunteers were being hustled on to buses, on their way to boot camp. It was a journey that would take them from a boyhood of baseball in the American heartland to manhood on the killing fields of Vietnam. Christy Sauro was one of the Twins Platoon, and in this book he tells what it was likeâ€"from the pomp and ceremony of induction to the all-too-real initiation by fire that would shortly follow: in mere months, he and most of the Twins Platoon were on the ground in Vietnam and promptly faced with some of the toughest fighting of the war, the Siege of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive, including the brutal Battle for Hue. From baseball to boot camp to brutal combat, his is a firsthand story of American life being lived at the limits and changed forever.

ISBN: 0760323879

Under a Flare-lit Sky: Vietnam Poems

By John Musgrave
Delta Co
lst Bn, 9th Marine Reg
3rd Marine Div

A must read! To preview some of John's work, access his Gallery right on this site in the "Remembrance" main section: "The Poems of John Musgrave."

COST: $7.00 Total, each copy

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University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

ISSN: 1062-5011

Copyright: August 1996

Unfriendly Fire

By Peg Mullen

A mother's story of her son's death in Vietnam and her rural Iowa family's fight to learn the truth. Her fight started with a phone call about her son's death over 25 years ago, and it's not over yet.

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The War Comes Home

By Thomas Bass

Find out what it is like to be a child of the Vietnam War through the eyes of that generation, now coming of age. Visit the Vietnamerica Home Page for an excellent presentation, and don't forget to come "Back."

ISBN: 1-56947-050-2

Known Retail Price: $25 (hardback)

Immediate Orders: 1-800-631-8571

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Viet Nam at Peace

By Philip Jones Griffiths

Viet Nam At Peace is the monumental chronicle of a country struggling to emerge from the apocalyptic destruction of war, a destruction so seismic that it was thought vainly by many to be the end of all contemporary imperial aggression. It is Tolstoyan in its reach and emotional responses.

Philip Jones Griffiths, the author of Vietnam Inc. and Agent Orange: "Collateral Damage" in Viet Nam, has visited Viet Nam 25 times since the end of the war. The first Westerner to travel by road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City after the war, and later the Ho Chi Minh trail, he has amassed an unparalleled photographic record of the post-war transformation of the country.

From the first days of terrible hardships, as the joys of victory were quickly tempered by the reality of the extent of the destruction wreaked by the war, and the crippling effects of the US embargo, he has recorded an uncomfortably comprehensive view of the aftermath of war. This is not simply a record of shattered landscapes; it is also a record of the shattered hearts and minds, culture and hopes.

ISBN: 1-904563-38-4

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Vietnam Generation, Inc.

A not-for-profit corporation that publishes more Vietnam War Veterans than just about anybody. Also, lots of interesting materials on the "Sixties."

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Vietnam Military Lore

Legends, Shadows, and Heroes

Master Sergeant Ray Bows,
U.S. Army (retired)



The never-before-told, true stories of camps and compounds from the DMZ to the Mekong Delta...the lives and deeds of the men those now-forgotten places were named for...over 100 heroes...52 Chapters...1200 pages. Superbly written and documented.

Here is the story of Vietnam from the DMZ to the Delta -- From the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the South China Sea - From the death of the first American to lose his life in combat to the American buildup and escalation of the war - as told through the eyes, the words, and the deeds of those who did not return.



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Vietnam: No Regrets

By J. Richard Watkins

This is a grunt's eye view of the real war that took place in the jungles and the rice paddies of Vietnam - not about some guy's imaged adventures in Saigon. This is about the guys who went out for weeks at a time humping their equipment across the land in the heat and the rain. It is about the 10 percent of those who served in this war who saw combat and experienced warfare weekly.

The author takes us out on patrol with him as a "newbie" and his first ambush. The mission was successful but they killed two children and an old man in the process. It takes its toll on our young soldier. Even this many years removed from that accident of fate, he truly feels some spiritual and emotional pain. Even though he did not personally fire a round, he knows he was part of the team. From this story, near the beginning of his book, we realize that there is more to this man's story than just details of events that he writes about.

There is a subtle emotional thread that runs throughout this book that makes Watkins very human and vulnerable. It is an honest portrayal of what life was like out in the field for the combat soldiers.

ISBN-10: 1593303033

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Vietnam Remembered: My Journey

By Kenneth R. Taylor

This is a book about a promise I made to a friend who did not make it home from Vietnam.
I promised I would find his family and tell them what happened.
It took me 33 years to keep that promise.

ISBN: 1-4243-09166

Vietnam Veterans Since the War :
The Politics of PTSD, Agent Orange, and the National Memorial

By Wilbur J Scott

War is hell, and the return to civilian life afterwards can be a minefield as well, especially for veterans of a "bad war." Soldiers coming home from Vietnam faced unique challenges as veterans of a controversial war whose divisiveness permeated every step of the re-entry and readjustment process. In his balanced and highly readable account, Vietnam Veterans since the War, sociologist Wilbur J. Scott tells the story of how the veterans and their allies organized to articulate their concerns and to win concessions from a reluctant Congress, federal agencies, and courts.

Scott draws on published records, hours of personal interviews with veterans, and his experience as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam to explore the major social movements among his fellow veterans in the crucial years from 1967 to 1990, including the antiwar movement, the successful effort to win recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the American Psychiatric Association, the establishment of veterans' outreach centers, the controversy over the defoliant Agent Orange and its long-term effects, and the struggle to create the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. His new afterword brings the story up to date and demonstrates that while the United States' involvement in Vietnam continues to be controversial, many of the tensions engendered by the war have been overcome.

ISBN: 0-8061-3597-2

Vietnam Vignettes - Tales of an Infantryman

By Lee Basnar

In vivid prose, Vietnam Vignettes discloses the author's innermost feelings about his experiences as an advisor and an infantry commander in Vietnam in the late sixties and early seventies.

Writing with the clarity of a seasoned journalist and with the insight of a soldier who came up through the ranks, Lee Basnar describes the war's horrific impact on Vietnamese peasants, and details his soldiers' daily struggle to survive. He presents a new perspective on what it meant to be an infantryman in the longest war in our nation's history.

From searching for missing soldiers upon taking command of Charlie Company to leading his troops in a night combat air assault to rescue a beleaguered platoon, the author immerses the reader in each scene. He explains why a top-secret operation in North Vietnam drowned four of his soldiers. He skillfully conveys tension, fear, and courage as his infantrymen engage in a series of firefights across the coastal plain and in the jungled mountains west of Chu Lai.

This collection of tales goes far beyond the mines, booby traps, snipers, and spider holes that his soldiers encountered almost daily. The author decries the unreasonable rules of engagement regarding the use of indirect fire when enemy bullets wounded his warriors in open rice paddies. He voices his thoughts about a staff officer who tragically diverted helicopters to the wrong landing zone - helicopters that transported Charlie Company during one of its many combat air assaults.

While a truck convoy that he commanded delivered artillery pieces to the isolated Tra Bong firebase, Captain Lee Basnar rode above the column in a helicopter. When rocket - propelled grenades slammed into the convoy during the return trip to Chu Lai, the infantry officer and his pilot each earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for evacuating wounded soldiers while under intense enemy fire.

Vietnam Vignettes tells of the war's impact on the children who greeted the infantry company during some of its operations in villages near LZ Stinson. It portrays the beauty and the ugliness of Vietnam, the monsoons, the heat, the endless nights , the rattle of machine guns, the tracers lashing the darkness, the misery and the humor, and the tough life of an infantryman in Charlie Company.

The author's respect and admiration for his soldiers who fought well despite the lack of backing from many citizens at home is evident throughout the book.

Vietnam Vignettes is a tribute to all infantrymen who fought in Vietnam, to those who supported them on the battlefield, and to the Americans who welcomed the warriors home.

ISBN: 1591135125

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The Vietnam War For Dummies

by Ronald B. Frankum and Stephen F. Maxner

Frankum and Maxner, a Vietnam veteran, are no dummies. The co-authors, who are affiliated with Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center and Archive, do a worthy job of piling on the statistics and providing interpretations of virtually every aspect of the war.

ISBN: 0764554808

Vietnam War Literature: an annotated bibliography

By John Newman, et al.

ISBN: 0810831848


Scarecrow Press, 1996


2nd Edition

By Fred Leo Brown

A soldier's story of his experiences in Vietnam.

Former Vietnam War Infantry Sergeant, Fred Leo Brown, unaware of his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, visits the Vietnam Veteans Memorial Moving Wall in Chicago, Illinois. Hit by a machine-gun chain of flashbacks, Brown finds himself back in the rice fields, the graveyards, the jungles and the mountains of Vietnam, where blood drenches the ground, and he fights the war all over again.

ISBN: 0942551079

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2nd Edition

By Fred Leo Brown

Letter home from Vietnam.

Fred Leo Brown's VIETNAM WAR DIARY is a series of letters, mostly to his parents about that distant time and place that happened to America and her children over a quarter of a century ago. We see him casually grow into manhood, and then the speed of change: things that take years to experience happen virtually overnight here, as he tries to find a moral resting place. No sooner did he arrive in Vietnam than the North Vietnamese Army started their costly 1968 Tet Offensive. This is a book for the ages.

ISBN: 094255115X

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The Vietnam Years:
1000 Questions and Answers

By John Musgrave and Micheal Clodfelter

Name the South Vietnamese pseudo-political and criminal syndicate bloodily repressed by Ngo Dinh Dien in april 1955.

What was the slogan used in the pacification campaign to win the loyalty of the Vietnamese people to the Saigon regime?

What two surprising announcements did LBJ make in his dramatic March 31, 1968 speech?

Name the only two senators who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

If your memory needs to be jogged, the answers to these questions
and hundreds of others can be found in THE VIETNAM YEARS. In a popular, accessible format, authors Michael Clodfelter and John Musgrave, themselves decorated Vietnam combat veterans, have compiled a fascinating array of facts designed to spark an interest that will lead to a deeper and more reflective study of the Vietnam War.

ISBN 0-933341-38-5

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Voices From Vietnam

By Charlene Edwards

Through powerful personal narratives and photographs, Voices From Vietnam revisits the emotions and experiences that have defined the lives of the men, women and children affected by this war—American and Vietnamese—on the battlefront and at home. It relays how extraordinary men and women who still carry with them the visible—and more often invisible—scars of war have sought to overcome the horrors of this experience and how it has transformed their lives.

Experience the personal reflections of yesterday's war with today's perspective in the words of General Westmoreland, Kim Phuc (the napalm girl), Cardinal O'Connor, Ambassador Le Van Bang, David Dellinger (the Chicago Seven) and many others in this unique, 264 page, beautifully designed 10 x10 coffee-table book. Voices From Vietnam not only includes 70 inspiring stories and over 170 captivating photographs taken during the war and some thirty years later, a chronology, map and index, but also an extensive resource guide of agencies providing support services to those American veterans, Vietnamese and Amerasians needing assistance in healing the wounds of war.

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