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Dear America

Author: Bernard Edelman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393323047
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A collection of letters, poems, and petitions from the front, written mostly by infantrymen to their families and friends, evokes the mingled emotions of an intense longing for home, fear, hope, grief, and anger aroused by the Vietnam War. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Letters Home

Author: Don Bishop
Publisher: Donald Bishop
ISBN: 9781448690053
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It is my hope that by reading these narratives from a lonely boy far away from home, that future generations might get a small sense of what survival is, what the love of a family can accomplish in the most desolate, desperate, lonely times.

Reflection Of Home Letters From Vietnam

Author: Leo Dubois
Publisher: Leapin Leo Press
ISBN: 0979058104
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In 1965, Master Sergeant Leo Dubois was ordered to Vietnam. Seventeen years in the Air Force, 37 years old, with five - soon to be six - children, he moved his family to Jacksboro, Texas for the year and then departed for the airbase at Da Nang. Every day or two, he exchanged letters with his beloved wife, Don Leta. Her letters from home are gone, but Leo's letters survive. They tell stories of tumult on a rapidly expanding military base and the trials and humor of leading the young men under his supervision. And the letters reveal life at home, not directly, but indirectly, as if in reflection. From beginning to end, and deeply, they reveal the tender affection and abiding devotion of a husband for his wife. 344 pages; 77 photographs and illustrations.

My Dearest Darling Barbara

Author: Colonel Gary L. Gresh Retired
ISBN: 9780595455652
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A candid and refreshing glance at a young platoon leader's courageous spirit serving his country in the jungles of Vietnam, My Dearest Darling Barbara shares the intimate story of Colonel Gary L. Gresh and his unwavering devotion to his new bride, Barbara. While serving in the dense and uninviting habitat of South Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, then Lieutenant Gresh always found time to express his love for his wife back home in the United States. Through these letters, Gary reveals the fears and anguish he experienced while serving in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. He faithfully recounted his daily, sometimes unimaginable activities to Barbara, knowing it was essential for his sanity to maintain this link with his wife amidst the confusion and horror of combat. Genuine and thought-provoking, My Dearest Darling Barbara shows the unbreakable bond between Gary and his wife during their separation and ultimately reveals the power of their love.

Home Before Morning

Author: Lynda Van Devanter
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558492981
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This personal memoir tells the story of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a nurse. The story plunges the reader into the bloodiest aspects of the war itself, then continues after the end of the war as the author attempts to regain the love of her family.


Author: Mike Larson
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595525210
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Even today, my thoughts of Vietnam are positive. I have incredibly fond memories of spending one year in that theater with some incredible people. My feelings about the Vietnam War mesh exactly with what Michael Norman wrote in his book These Good Men: Friendships Forged From War-even though Norman's heroes served in the U.S. Marine Corps and mine served in the First Air Cav. In recalling his tour in Vietnam, Norman wrote: "I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the U.S. Marine Corps. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never since given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another."

Vietnam War Slang

Author: Tom Dalzell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317661877
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In 2014, the US marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the basis for the Johnson administration’s escalation of American military involvement in Southeast Asia and war against North Vietnam. Vietnam War Slang outlines the context behind the slang used by members of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Troops facing and inflicting death display a high degree of linguistic creativity. Vietnam was the last American war fought by an army with conscripts, and their involuntary participation in the war added a dimension to the language. War has always been an incubator for slang; it is brutal, and brutality demands a vocabulary to describe what we don’t encounter in peacetime civilian life. Furthermore, such language serves to create an intense bond between comrades in the armed forces, helping them to support the heavy burdens of war. The troops in Vietnam faced the usual demands of war, as well as several that were unique to Vietnam – a murky political basis for the war, widespread corruption in the ruling government, untraditional guerilla warfare, an unpredictable civilian population in Vietnam, and a growing lack of popular support for the war back in the US. For all these reasons, the language of those who fought in Vietnam was a vivid reflection of life in wartime. Vietnam War Slang lays out the definitive record of the lexicon of Americans who fought in the Vietnam War. Assuming no prior knowledge, it presents around 2000 headwords, with each entry divided into sections giving parts of speech, definitions, glosses, the countries of origin, dates of earliest known citations, and citations. It will be an essential resource for Vietnam veterans and their families, students and readers of history, and anyone interested in the principles underpinning the development of slang.

Stained With The Mud Of Khe Sanh

Author: Rodger Jacobs
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786472154
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"This memoir is based upon the author's wartime letters. They tell the full story of his military experience as a high school kid from rural Ohio transformed into a Marine"--

Steinbeck In Vietnam

Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 081393270X
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Although his career continued for almost three decades after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is still most closely associated with his Depression-era works of social struggle. But from Pearl Harbor on, he often wrote passionate accounts of America’s wars based on his own firsthand experience. Vietnam was no exception. Thomas E. Barden’s Steinbeck in Vietnam offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday. Rejected by the military because of his reputation as a subversive, and reticent to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, Steinbeck saw in Newsday a unique opportunity to put his skills to use. Between December 1966 and May 1967, the sixty-four-year-old Steinbeck toured the major combat areas of South Vietnam and traveled to the north of Thailand and into Laos, documenting his experiences in a series of columns titled Letters to Alicia, in reference to Newsday publisher Harry F. Guggenheim’s deceased wife. His columns were controversial, coming at a time when opposition to the conflict was growing and even ardent supporters were beginning to question its course. As he dared to go into the field, rode in helicopter gunships, and even fired artillery pieces, many detractors called him a warmonger and worse. Readers today might be surprised that the celebrated author would risk his literary reputation to document such a divisive war, particularly at the end of his career. Drawing on four primary-source archives—the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the Papers of Harry F. Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library’s Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of Newsday—Barden’s collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature. In addition to offering a definitive edition of these essays, Barden includes extensive notes as well as an introduction that provides background on the essays themselves, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck’s personal and political attitudes at the time.

Fighting In Vietnam

Author: James Westheider
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 1461750962
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Stories of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War in active combat or in support roles overseas and stateside Wide range of topics, including combat, life in camp, food, R&R, the draft, the antiwar movement, and more Based on primary sources Timeline puts dates and events in better perspective Comprehensive bibliography for further reading