Where We Were In Vietnam

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Widely considered the definitive resource on the Vietnam War, Where We Were identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam. Additionally, includes a substantial number from the French War as well. Coverage includes all of Indochina. Currently features over 12,000 entries. Also includes an extensive appendix of Vietnam War research and ...
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Overview

Widely considered the definitive resource on the Vietnam War, Where We Were identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam. Additionally, includes a substantial number from the French War as well. Coverage includes all of Indochina. Currently features over 12,000 entries. Also includes an extensive appendix of Vietnam War research and map guidelines/resources.
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Editorial Reviews

Eric Hammel
If you need a fact about the Vietnam War, look here first!
historian, Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds--An Oral History and Fire in the Streets: The Battle for Hue--Tet 1968
David Hackworth
It's an incredible resource and will sit prominently among my research materials on the Vietnam War.
Vietnam Primer, About Face and Steel My Soldiers' Hearts
Booknews
Vietnam veteran Kelley presents a listing of some 10,000 firebases, airfields, and warships involved in the American and French war efforts against Vietnam. Entries provide information on names, grid coordinates, dates of existence, unit occupants, dates of attacks, and who constructed the base. Also included are 50 maps of provinces, military regions, cities, terrain features, and military grid zone overlays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555716257
  • Publisher: L & R Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 850
  • Sales rank: 231,430
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kelley was drafted in 1969 and sent to Vietnam where he was severely wounded and hospitalized for more than six months. After his release, he obtained an MFA and went to work as a county appraiser, while simultaneously pursuing a career as an artist. His Vietnam-related art has been widely exhibited and he has published numerous articles about his experiences. This book is a five-year labor of love. Michael passed away in December 2011.
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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Comprehensive

    While specific and thorough, this reference can be difficult to navigate and would have been well served by better, more detailed maps. Nonetheless, this is a valuable resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Everywhere Where We Were

    If there was a place in Vietnam (or nearby) occupied by US personnel, it is in this book. Although pricey, it is a huge book (telephone-book size)with a massive amount of information. However, it not just a dry listing of place names but also includes history, legend and lore. UFO's in Vietnam? Its in here. All services are covered and many maps are included. One gets a good idea of the large scale of the war and the tactics that, in the end, wore down the US. Highly recommended for serious students of the Vietnam War and, of course, vets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    'Where was I in Vietnam?' You'll find out in this book!!!

    I would like to call your attention to this new book that has recently been distributed. The author Michael Kelley is a good friend and over the years we have assisted each other in the Vietnam historical arena. I recommend this book highly not because I am a contributor but it is a mammoth compilation of information/grid cords on named locations, LZ's, and Firebases. It essentially is an encyclopedia on our war. The book is approx 850 pages. I can assure you it represents the most complete research project possible. This book belongs in every library/archive/ researchers & Vietnam Veterans home collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    A wonderful reference work

    Michael Kelley has done us an enormous service by compiling this book. In addition to all of the data he provides (and all of the interesting anecdotes), you will find valuable guides for doing further research of your own. Learn how to acquire maps, unit records, unit web sites, etc. Veterans should repay Michael Kelley's effort by checking their own memories and records of their units and AO's, helping him correct and amplify his entries. I recommend that you get this remarkable book before it goes out of print. You'll have it by the bedside to browse again and again, not forgotten in your bookcase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    This Is A Keeper

    My book just arrived and I must say Mike Kelley has presented Vietnam Vets with a quite a gift. The places we hung our web-gear are listed faithfully, along with details about our war that can be found in no other reference. Period. Some of the hellholes detailed in this book were just mud berms, sandbags and fighting positions. But if we gave it a name, chances are Mike Kelley put it in the book. It is obvious that the author did more than years of detailed document research. He met hundreds of vets in those years, and enlisted their personal knowledge. The final product is a treasure of information. I can¿t imagine a Vietnam veteran not wanting a copy. This kind of reference material will be pulled off my personal library shelf every time the subject of Vietnam gets serious. No future article that references Vietnam will be written without a reality check through these pages. The glossary of ¿minutia¿ alone is worth the price. Bill Hunt Vietnam 1972

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    An indispensable reference on Vietnam

    As an Army veteran who served three tours in Vietnam and Cambodia, a student of Southeast Asian history and one who has well over 200 non-fiction books related to Vietnam in his library, I believe that 'Where We Were' is surely one of the best reference resources that I own. For those who served in Vietnam or those with a interest in the history of the U.S. involvement there, 'Where We Were' is an indispensable piece for your library. This book is a monumental compilation of firebases, landing zones, airfields and navel vessels with over 10,000 entries. Not only do most of these entries have grid coordinates but the author has taken the effort to triangulate many of their locations with other know sites such as towns, firebases, airfields, etc. This makes looking up specific sites on a map a very simple matter. No other book I own goes to this detail to make it so useful. This book is nothing short of outstanding. Its like having a piece of the National Archives right on your bookshelf. And if that wasn't enough, there is a fairly comprehensive Internet guide and as well as a recommended reading list. These are real bonuses for those intent on doing further research. The writing of this book was, in this reader's opinion, a true labor of love. It is a must for those who were there and for the serious researcher. My hat goes of to Mr. Kelly for this painstaking piece of history. Mark D. Raab Vietnam/Cambodia 1970-1972.

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