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American Veterans on War: Personal Stories from WW II to Afghanistan

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The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan-wars that seem as far from Americans' understanding as they are distant from our shores.

With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are worth fighting, what missions can and can't be won, and the costs and benefits of US intervention, both around the worid and ...

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Overview

The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan-wars that seem as far from Americans' understanding as they are distant from our shores.

With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are worth fighting, what missions can and can't be won, and the costs and benefits of US intervention, both around the worid and domestically. Recent veterans tell wrenching stories of coping with hostile forces without uniforms, of not knowing who is friend or foe, and of the lasting traces of combat once they've returned home.

American Veterans on War provides a sweeping overview of three-quarters of a century of American wars, properly grounding that history in the words of the men and women whose bodies were on the line.

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This collection of American war stories from the past 70 years features oral histories of veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, allowing vets the chance to share their experiences.While individual accounts differ, elements of their experiences surface as universals: war is dehumanizing and tragic, American military involvement since WWII has been of questionable political motivation, and civilians should not conflate a lack of support for a military action with blaming the troops who are following orders. Tripp (Surviving Iraq) has done a remarkable job curating these stories, and it is the interviews with individuals from lesser-known demographics—veterans of the Korean War (often known as The Forgotten War) and women involved in Vietnam—that make this collection unique. The candor with which veterans speak of segregation, racism, drug use, combat atrocities, politics, and their attempts to do right by local populations are compelling and resonant. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566568678
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 986,927
  • Product dimensions: 1.90 (w) x 2.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Veterans' Narratives ix

1 World War II: The Good War

Introduction: A Terrible Fight but a Good War 2

1 On Land and in the Air 6

Allen Jones: Fighting with General Patton in France 7

Lawrence Batley: Fighting with General Bradley in France, V-E Day 15

William Murray: Wounded at Gela, in the Sicily Landing 23

David Cohen: A Witness at the Liberation of Concentration Camps 30

Raymond Elliott: An African American Combat Engineer Combats Racism 40

Robert Tyler: In France, a POW Escapes Back to His Line 47

Richard Kells: In Germany, a POW is Strafed by American Pilots 53

Donald Ryan: A Minneapolis Orphan Becomes a Pilot 62

2 At Sea in the Pacific and Atlantic 67

Edward Borucki: Surviving the Attack on Pearl Harbor 68

Charles Sakowicz: Abandoned at Sea by the USS Franklin 73

Lionel Brindamour; Island-Hopping in the Pacific 79

Charles Allard: A Pharmacist's Assistant Treats the Wounded 86

Donald Walker: Protecting Carriers from U-Boats in the Atlantic 90

Paul Seamans: From Seaman to Ship's Captain in the Pacific 99

Russell Brocklesby: The USS Randolph was a Lucky Ship 104

Edward Wells: Repatriating POWs from Post-Bomb Nagasaki 109

Walter Kostanski: Protecting Oil Tankers at Sea 115

Tom Herrick: An Overview of American Wars 120

2 Korea:The Forgotten War

Introduction.- Fighting the Coldest War 127

3 Fighting the "Forgotten War" 130

Almond Hart: A Signal Corpsman Serves Too Close to EnemyFire 131

Ronald Bassett; After Korea, Injured in a Jump over Japan 139

Arthur Miller: Treating the Wounded Near Panmunjom 144

Alton Fellows: Fighting Chinese Teenagers in the Hills of North Korea 152

Donald Ryan: Flying the Last Bombing Mission of the Korean War 158

3 Vietnam: The Lost War

Introduction: The War at the End of the Tunnel 168

4 On the Ground 173

Daniel Walsh: Talking with General Piatt about US Wars 174

James Munroe: The Dean of an Episcopal Cathedral with PTSD 180

Dennis Driscoil: Platoon Leader, Silver Star, Wounded in Action 189

Pete Rogers: Witness to a Case of Waterboarding in Vietnam 199

Kenneth Gregg: The Evacuation Hospitals Never Moved Forward 206

Lidon Chevannes: Kicking Heroin Addiction and Helping Veterans 212

Gumersindo Gomez: A Career Sergeant Returns to Vietnam 220

Joseph Dougherty: Keep your Clothes on in a Whorehouse! 227

Albert Cummings: Wounded in Action, Working to Honor All American Veterans 235

Herb Voudren: Working with the Montagnards, US Allies in Vietnam 239

Cherie Rankin: A Young Woman Bolsters Soldier Morale In-Country 246

5 In the Air 255

Robert Basye: Emergency Reconnaissance Extractions 256

Richard Warren: Finding Christ and Volunteering in Cambodia after Vietnam 262

David Bressem: Treating the Psychologically Wounded Veteran 272

Rod Carlson: Meeting Major Chuck Robb on Hill 12 281

Alfred Guertin: Bronze Star, DFC, and a Career in Aviation 288

John Hartman: Deaths on a Disastrous Mission to Laos 295

David HUlbrook: Many Near Misses over Vietnam 304

Legrand Hines: Commuting to the War in Laos from Thailand 311

Bruce Lake: Silver Star, Author of 1,500 Feet over Vietnam 317

Steven Sunclerman: Transporting Trained Dogs for the ReconTeams 323

Gordon Tubesing: The Fall of Saigon on My Second Tour 326

6 A Vietnam Pilot Remembered: William "Bing" Emerson, 1941-11/20/68 330

Robert Basye: The Last Time I Saw Bing, He Bummed a Cigarette 331

Rod Carlson: They Called Him "Captain Bing" 335

Alfred Guertin: We Made a Special Plaque with Wings for Bing's Grave 336

Steven Sunderman: Bing Wasn't Scared at All 336

Richard Warren: Bing Wiped his Corvette's Dip-Stick with his Hat! 337

Bruce Lake: We-Packed up Bing's Effects 339

William Hester: I Was Bing's Crew Chief When We Crashed 343

4 Iraq And Afghanistan: Endless Wars

Introduction: Fighting a Universe of "Bad Guys" on Their Own Turf 346

7 The Gulf War and the Wars on Terror after 9/11 354

Erik Johnson: We Should Have Gone to Baghdad and Finished the War 355

Jonathan Schnauber: Making UMass Veteran-Friendly 361

Chris McGurk: Losing a Comrade Called Chris 369

Charly Woehlke: A Female MP Trains Local Police 380

Chris Backlund: Meeting Death in Faliujah; Let's Use Education in Afghanistan 390

Peter Duffy: The Challenge of Operating in a Foreign Culture 399

Victor Nunez-Ortiz: An Engineer Confronts War in the Desert 406

Josee Goldin: A Female Officer on Three Iraq Tours, Including "The Surge" 412

Sean Kenney: Surviving Two Suicide Bombs and Saving a Friend 419

"Steve" Nsaif: An Iraqi Interpreter with US Forces Seeks US Citizenship 431

Epilogue:The Reckoning 441

Glossary of Military Terms 450

Acknowledgments 455

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    As the daughter of one of the veterans profiled in the book, I w

    As the daughter of one of the veterans profiled in the book, I was intrigued by the details of my Dad's retelling of his time in Korea--details which I had never heard. I was moved by his story but also by those of the other veterans from each of the wars. You will be touched by the personal stories that the veterans shared and reminded of the sacrifices that they made for our country. The book puts a very personal stamp on our nation's history. My Dad turns 82 this summer, and I'm so happy that he was able to tell his story.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    This comprehensive collection of first-person accounts movingly

    This comprehensive collection of first-person accounts movingly illustrates the horror, heroism, and heartbreak inherent in war. It is essential reading for veterans and those who want to support our vets and understand what they have endured.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    American Veterans on War is an amazing book: in the words of vet

    American Veterans on War is an amazing book: in the words of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, you enter their world of war and learn so much from these never before published accounts recorded by oral historian Elise Tripp. What candid and thoughtful first hand accounts these are! Readers will find out not only about veterans' from age 20 to 90 personal experiences on the battlefield, but also their views on American wars from the most just and necessary of wars, to those that cannot be won.

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