Vietnam

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: The United States Army in Vietnam- MACV

    The United States Army in Vietnam: MACV: The Joint Command in the Years of Escalation, 1962-1967. Graham A. Cosmas, Center of Military History, 2006, 524 pages. Available through the Government Printing Office, $53 clothbound, $50...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Smaller Dragon Strikes

    The battle between the French and Communists for control of Hanoi in 1946-1947 sparked Vietnam’s decades-long national nightmare. Everything was going to start at 8 P.M. sharp. At least that was what the French expected. Some record that...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Like Rolling Thunder

    Like Rolling Thunder: The Air War in Vietnam, 1964-1975 by Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Md., 2005, hardcover $24.95.  For those unfamiliar with the major air campaigns conducted by the U.S. Air Force, Navy...

  • 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

    Vietnam Book Review: House to House

    House to House: Playing the Enemy’s Game in Saigon, May 1968 By Keith Nolan (Zenith Press, Osceola, Wis., 2006, hardcover $24.95) The 1968 Communist Tet Offensive remains indelibly burned into the memory of all who fought in or followed...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Combat Medic Remembers Tet

    Reconnaissance aircraft had spotted a strong Viet Cong force dug in and ready to defend a weapons cache near Saigon. Our unit’s mission was to destroy it. A couple of days after the start of the 1968 Tet Offensive, my company climbed...

  • 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...

  • George Dooley

    17 Years In Vietnam

    From Nam Dong in 1964, to Tet 1968, to the 1972 Easter Offensive, Gerald Hickey got involved in it all—and he wasn’t even a soldier. When Gerald C. Hickey went to Vietnam in 1956 with the RAND corporation, he had no idea that he would...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The CIA’s Costly Mistake

    In November 1967, Joe Hovey tried to warn the Johnson administration about the Tet Offensive—but his CIA superiors said he was crying wolf. Unlike great statesmen, military leaders, diplomats or openly declared swashbuckling intelligence...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Personality: Nurse Eunice Splawn

    Soldiers with M-16s welcomed Air Force Captain Eunice Splawn to the airfield outside the 22nd Casualty Staging Facility in Da Nang. She had volunteered to work in the one place in the world that needed her most, Vietnam. The date was...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal: F-111

    During the 1950s, the United States developed the most technically advanced military aircraft the world had ever known. No country dared to challenge directly its military superiority, even the Soviet Union. How then could its air power...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    First days of the Tet Offensive for the 459th Signal Battalion

    Activated at Morris Field in Charlotte, N.C., on August 10, 1942, the 459th Signal Construction Battalion was com- posed of “colored troops,” to use vernacular of the time, and commanded by white officers. The unit served a year of...

  • 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

    Vietnam Book Review: Bernard Fall

    Bernard Fall: Memories of a Soldier-Scholar By Dorothy Fall, Potomac Books, Washington, D.C., 2006, hardcover $27.50 Thousands of books have been written about the Vietnam War. An unfortunately large percentage of them are sheer junk. Of...