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Eric HammelIf 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
Posted July 4, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2002
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 1972Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.