Marine Corpsman on the Mekong, Black Troubles on the Kitty Hawk, Best Books on Vietnam



I had participated in the first delegation from the South to receive prisoners of war at the Hilton in Hanoi in 1973. We wrote a popular book, One day in Hanoi, on our treatment in the North.


Then he emptied the bag in front of us. Two small tin cans and plastic bags containing lumpy sugar, salt and sesame seeds fell to the floor. Looking around I could see that all my friends had stopped working and were watching everything that was going on. From a distance, Cadre Binh, the commander of the camp guards, came running up. As soon as he reached me he blasted and punched me in the face. I collapsed to the ground and received a heavy kick in the ribs.

Duong Phuc with Vu Thanh Thuy and Neal Matthews, May 15 and 22, 1986 | Read the full article

Jerry Stadtmiller remembers the disembodied voices of North Vietnamese soldiers. He could hear them talking to each other as they walked up the hill.

No one wanted to hear from us

When Stadtmiller received his Purple Heart, the general who presented the medal explained that it was a medal few people wanted. “I threw the thing out,” Stadtmiller said. Almost a quarter of a century later, however, Stadtmiller commissioned another. At that point, he said, coming to terms with his own story, his injuries, the life he had helped live with his family and the work he was doing with other war veterans of the Vietnam, he felt he had won his Purple Heart.

By Hawkins Mitchell, May 29, 1997 | Read the full article

John Fanning, Vietnam era: “The North Vietnamese with the flamethrowers at Con Thien were better equipped than the Marines.

I never tell death how not to take me

I think the public at large doesn’t care, but those who care don’t know there were two wars going on. Everyone thinks we were chasing the Vietcong in black pajamas and conical hats. This is not true. The real war was taking place in the DMZ (demilitarized zone) with the NVA (North Vietnamese army). It’s the guys with the flamethrowers at Con Thien, better equipped than the Marines, you know. As a FO (Forward Observer), I personally saw I do not know how many thousands of NVA infiltrators. It was a great war.

By Ray Westberg, November 7, 1997 | Read the full article

Lieutenant (jg) Herbert wielding a 50 caliber 81mm mortar; ink sketch. “I take certain liberties to keep it fluid, elastic.”

Art of war

The US military has had combat performers in the field since World War I. The Navy and Marine Corps programs arrived at the start of the following war. On a limited scale, the programs still exist, with combat artists assigned to Desert Storm, Somalia and Bosnia. Their work is collected in history museums from every branch of the service – millions of images of the terror and boredom of military life interpreted through the artist’s eye.

By Linda Nevin, January 27, 2000 | Read the full article

“Suddenly the XO (executive officer) came over from One MC and said, ‘All the black brothers unite. This is an emergency. All the black sailors are gathering in the back and all the marines are getting together. gather on the fo’c’s’le. ‘”

Morale seemed so high

Mark said he had had bitter experiences with black sailors on the ship. When a group of recruits came on board, he lined them up to get information on the documents. “Hey, mothuh, when are we going to get paid?” they bombed it. There was a bit of a prickle in his voice when he said that, but he was pretty philosophical about it. He said he had read about the Defense Ministry’s attempt in the 1960s to recruit from outside the ghetto and that the Navy was probably overzealous in recruiting.

By Ralph Jackson, December 14, 1972 | Read the full article

USS Kitty hawk aircraft carrier 63

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Marauders in the passages

Immediately after flight operations on board the Kitty hawk On the evening of October 12, 1972, a series of incidents broke out in which groups of blacks, armed with chains, keys, bars, brooms and other dangerous weapons, marauded sections of the ship by disobeying cease orders, terrorizing the crew, and searching for white personnel for senseless beatings, punches, and weapons, resulting in extremely serious injuries to three men and medical treatment for many more , including blacks.

By Glenn Daly, November 25, 1993 | Read the full article

Vietnamese postage stamp

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Fighting Words: Vietnam Books

When his students asked him to suggest a combat novel in Vietnam, Fields of fire was what he recommended. he would read After Cacciato, but had found its premise – from a squad stationed near the Laos border, one member takes off, heading for Paris, and the whole squad is ordered to follow and capture him – “fragile”. that of Stephen Wright Meditations in green he had loved “for the risks he took, using poetic language, for description.” The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford whom he had found particularly realistic. He liked its speed, its quick cuts and splices. “Hasford’s book, yeah, that’s about what it was up there. “

By Judith Moore and Mary Lang, June 29, 1989 | Read the full article

River Assault Division One. He was quite seriously injured. Joe took him on board and began to bandage him. Leroy and I decided to go find the others.

River rats

When the doors opened, I was surprised to see a commercial aircraft; I expected to travel to Vietnam on a military plane, like a C-124 transport, like in the movies. We got on the plane and were crowded. The seat in front of me was tight to the knees. We had flight attendants on the flight, and they served meals and drinks, just as if it was a regular civilian flight. We were probably all thinking the same thing. How many of us would take that same flight a year from now?

By MJ Serenko, April 2, 1987 | Read the full article



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