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Long Binh Jail: An Oral History of Vietnam's Notorious U. S. Military Prison

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    A Jail riot more deadly than Attica!

    This is an amazing story of the infamous Long Binh Jail in Long binh, South Viet Nam. It was so feared by American G.I's that they would rather face the Viet Cong then be imprisoned there. This overcrowded penetentiary confined soldiers whose crimes ranged from fragging, drug possession and sale 'namely marijuana and especially heroin-whereupon this drug bust on the scene poisoning our troops around 1968' A.W.O.L., assault, rape and murder. Jail Guards used drugs, sold drugs to inmates, tortured inmates 'they used the 'Water Torture' whereupon an inmate would be forceby brought into a shower by guards, his nose would be pinched closed and his head forced back, and water would be sprayed into his mouth until he gagged'. On August 29, 1968 racial tensions there erupted into one of the worst prison riots in American history. When prisoners violently seized the compound, armed American troops struck back with tear gas and violence, eventually bringing to an end the bloody insurrection where 18 Americans would lose their lives. This book shows how many Americans who should have never been in the military were forced into the service when a judge would give the felon a choice between Vietnam or jail! This book is an important contribution to the literature of the war in S.E. Asia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2001

    A significant, but little-known story of the Vietnam War

    This is a harrowing inside account of Long Binh Jail, with firsthand accounts by former prisoners, guards and administrators. This book reveals a very disturbing side of the war that had not been discussed until now.

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