Walking Point

Author: Perry A. Ulander
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623170133
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In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shatter his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life. Ultimately, he describes the surrendering of social norms and accepted identities that allows him to glimpse a previously unimagined realm of heightened awareness. Written after a lifetime of reflection on the nature of war and the effect of violence and domination on the minds and spirits of those forced to practice it, Walking Point offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam, PTSD, and how trauma can be a catalyst for spiritual transformation. Giving voice to profound insights gained through extreme adversity, Ulander movingly captures the depth of trust and commitment among a group of unwitting warriors who struggle to stay alive and sane in unchartered territory. Contents CHAPTER 1: Into the Unknown CHAPTER 2: The Magic Poncho Liner CHAPTER 3: Initiation CHAPTER 4: Head On CHAPTER 5: The Valley of the Shadow CHAPTER 6: Into the Light CHAPTER 7: Short Time CHAPTER 8: No Time CHAPTER 9: Home

The Lighter Side Of Vietnam

Author: Pat Capainolo
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530881390
Size: 20.26 MB
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Ceaseless gunfire. Gruesome injuries. Enemies lurking in the dark, muggy jungle-these are the images most people see when they imagine the Vietnam War. In Pat Capainolo's gripping and very human autobiography, we get a much different viewpoint on this historical event. Rather than the horrors of daily enemy assaults, Capainolo describes entirely unexpected dangers-his fellow soldiers. That included Bates-a madman who every day lived up to his nickname from the film Psycho-as well as the soldier who sold sodas from his fridge but got violent when asked for change. The memoir encompasses Capainolo's life from birth in the wake of World War II to his service in Cam Ranh Bay. At every step, Capainolo weaves his story with unwavering honesty, attention to detail, and a touch of humor, creating a captivating look at one man's life and all the crucial ways in which the military derailed, heightened, and shaped the entire course of his story.

When I Turned Nineteen

Author: Glyn Haynie
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780998209517
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It's the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who'd enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who'd all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time.I share my experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, carrying a 60-pound rucksack, monsoons, a forest fire, a typhoon, building a firebase, fear, death and fighting the enemy while mentally, physically, and morally exhausted.

Behind The Wire

Author: James Stoup
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1682131092
Size: 46.83 MB
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Behind the Wire is a story about the other side of the Vietnam War. It takes place at the beginning of the end of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, from May 1970 to May 1971. Unlike many of the combat stories coming out of this war, this is a story about life in the rear, life behind the wire, and the 365 day experience that was shared by hundreds of thousands of soldiers who went to Vietnam but never saw combat. It’s a story about the large subculture of anti-war/anti-establishment troops that served there, and how they lived and experienced their “year in the Nam.” It’s a story about drugs, sex, rock & roll, insubordination, fraggings, and the incredible lifestyle that evolved in every rank of the military over the ten year course of the war. And it’s a story about an Army that knew it was losing, not only the war, but also the confidence and support of its troops. Just as protesters back home were changing the country’s view and support for the war, so too were many of the troops in Vietnam protesting the war in their own right. This is a real REMF (rear-echelon m--f--) story, as told by a U.S. Army journalist who spent his year in the Nam at the start of the wind-down period of the war.

America S Last Vietnam Battle

Author: Dale Andradé
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780700611317
Size: 36.50 MB
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The most complete examination available of the biggest battle in Vietnam, in which the American military--in its last major campaign in this war--successfully fought off Hanoi's 1972 Easter Offensive. Includes North Vietnamese participant's firsthand accounts of their own experiences in this epic battle.

Walking Point

Author: R. Nevens
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692507025
Size: 30.61 MB
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With a foreword written by Susan Bahary, the critically acclaimed sculptor of the Always Faithful memorial, Walking Point takes the reader through a rich and compelling tale of love, loss, and victory. It revolves around a young Marine assigned to the War Dog platoon that helped liberate Guam from the Japanese during World War II. John Markle leaves his small farm town in Little Rock, boards a train bound for North Carolina, and there meets Emily, a beautiful and witty Dogs for Defense volunteer dog trainer. She quickly steals his heart. Private John Markle is assigned to Duke , a donated Doberman pinscher that fell victim to his family's hard times during the Great Depression. Private Markle learns to cope with the heartache and horrors of battle in the Pacific with Duke by his side. Letters from Emily and Tommy, the young boy whose family donated Duke, help him maintain hope even though his fight for survival has him and his platoon questioning their actions and moral compass.

Achilles In Vietnam

Author: Jonathan Shay
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439124922
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An original and groundbreaking book that examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.

The Quiet American

Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504052544
Size: 40.91 MB
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A “masterful . . . brilliantly constructed novel” of love and chaos in 1950s Vietnam (Zadie Smith, The Guardian). It’s 1955 and British journalist Thomas Fowler has been in Vietnam for two years covering the insurgency against French colonial rule. But it’s not just a political tangle that’s kept him tethered to the country. There’s also his lover, Phuong, a young Vietnamese woman who clings to Fowler for protection. Then comes Alden Pyle, an idealistic American working in service of the CIA. Devotedly, disastrously patriotic, he believes neither communism nor colonialism is what’s best for Southeast Asia, but rather a “Third Force”: American democracy by any means necessary. His ideas of conquest include Phuong, to whom he promises a sweet life in the states. But as Pyle’s blind moral conviction wreaks havoc upon innocent lives, it’s ultimately his romantic compulsions that will play a role in his own undoing. Although criticized upon publication as anti-American, Graham Greene’s “complex but compelling story of intrigue and counter-intrigue” would, in a few short years, prove prescient in its own condemnation of American interventionism (The New York Times).

The Sympathizer

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 080219169X
Size: 55.96 MB
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The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

A Noble Cause

Author: Douglas Niles
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 069818372X
Size: 73.91 MB
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In the tradition of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, A Noble Cause is a stirring tribute to the valor and courage of the allied forces in the Vietnam War and a vivid re-creation of hard-won battles from Ia Drang Valley to Khe Sanh and Hamburger Hill… Celebrating the skill and bravery of the United States armed forces and their South Vietnamese allies, A Noble Cause presents a gripping chronicle of both large and small unit successful combat engagements, including the Battle of Dong Xoai (1965); the Battle of Ia Drang Valley (1965), the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War; the Battle of Loc Ninh (1967) by the Cambodian border; the Battle of Khe Sanh (1967–1968) leading up to the Tet Offensive; the Battle of Dong Ha (1968); the bloody siege on Hamburger Hill (1969); and the Battle of An Loc (1972), sixty-five miles north of Saigon, which contributed to the failure of the Vietcong’s Eastertide Offensive. Documenting the invaluable role of a tireless and determined infantry as well as air cavalry divisions and B-52 “Arc Light” air strikes, A Noble Cause chronicles the crucial strategic decisions that led to victory—often against steep odds—and honors the bravery of every soldier who stood his ground, faced the enemy, and gave his all. Includes photos and and maps