Vietnam

REVIEW: Tango 1-1 – 9th Infantry Division LRRPs in the Vietnam Delta

An excellent book that covers 9th Infantry Division LRRPS deployments and missions by his team during the Vietnam War. The author Jim Thayer does an outstanding job of covering all the things that make being a LRRP soldier into focus, the long deployments, the difficult missions, weapons and equipment modifications, special uniforms, and the learned …

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Alpha One Sixteen

REVIEW: Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman’s Year in Vietnam

Peter Clark’s year in Vietnam began in July 1966, when he was shipped out with hundreds of other young recruits, as a replacement in the 1st Infantry Division. Clark was assigned to the Alpha Company. Clark gives a visceral, vivid and immediate account of life in the platoon, as he progresses from green recruit to …

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Child Soldiers of the Vietnam War

From Boys to Men: Meet 2 Brave Young American Soldiers of the Vietnam War

In 1965 when the United States decided to join the Vietnam War it was supposedly to stop the rise of communism as perpetrated by North Vietnam. It is a war that many historians believe was one of the worst foreign-policy mistakes in the history of the United States of America and also turned out to …

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vietnam war music

Vietnam’s Playlist: Songs of Survival for the Soldiers

The Continental Army had Yankee Doodle. Johnny Reb had Dixie and the Yankees retaliated with Marching Through Georgia. When the doughboys headed overseas to bail out the beleaguered Allies in World War I, they vowed that they wouldn’t come back “til it’s over Over There.” World War II had big bands and the Andrews Sisters …

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Vietnam Iraq

Are we doomed to repeat the lessons of Vietnam and Iraq?

The Vietnam War and George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq share several tragic similarities. In both cases domestic political calculations, rather than military necessity or feasibly, led the country to war. As part of these political calculations, Lyndon Johnson and Bush convinced the American people that war was necessary to protect national security. In fact, …

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Special Forces Legend James N. Rowe was saved by his beard

Col. James “Nick” Rowe played a large role in designing the modern training programs for Special Forces soldiers, especially the school that prepares troops to survive being taken captive. Rowe graduated West Point in 1960 and was eventually sent to South Vietnam as a military advisor. In 1963, then 1st Lt. Rowe was captured in a Viet …

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