Writing the War: My Ten Months in the Jungles, Streets and Paddies of South Vietnam, 1968

Overview

The author of this Vietnam War memoir was drafted in November 1966 just before completion of his Ph.D. work in French history and entered the army, age 26, in February 1967. He arrived in Vietnam in April 1968.

Serving as both pointman and sniper, he experienced six weeks of frontline duty, averaging a firefight each week with heavy casualties. With his advanced degree and a $2.50 case of beer for a bribe, he then transferred to the 19th Military History Detachment and spent the...

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Overview

The author of this Vietnam War memoir was drafted in November 1966 just before completion of his Ph.D. work in French history and entered the army, age 26, in February 1967. He arrived in Vietnam in April 1968.

Serving as both pointman and sniper, he experienced six weeks of frontline duty, averaging a firefight each week with heavy casualties. With his advanced degree and a $2.50 case of beer for a bribe, he then transferred to the 19th Military History Detachment and spent the remainder of his tour of duty traveling the Mekong Delta, Plain of Reeds, and areas near Saigon. His memoir is the result of a tour of intense fighting, careful documentation, and an illicit diary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442720
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Series: History/Military/Vietnam War
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Atkins is a librarian and historian curator for French Collections in Cushing Library at Texas A&M University Libraries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Background and Training for the Vietnam War 11

2 First Weeks in South Vietnam 25

3 First Blooding 37

4 Operations in the First Weeks of May 45

5 Battle of the Cholon Y Bridge 58

6 Combat in the Mekong Delta 69

7 Adapting to the Rear-Echelon and the Battle of the Plain of Reeds Report 82

8 Back at Bearcat and the Thai Presidential Award 101

9 Events at Dong Tam and Special Assignment 114

10 Back at Dong Tam 126

11 Last Months in South Vietnam 139

Conclusion 152

Appendices

A Captured Viet Cong Attack Plan 157

B Battle of Saigon, May 1968 163

C After Action Report, Battle of the Plain of Reeds 165

D Evaluation of Intimate Psychological Warfare 185

E Recondo Checkerboard Concept 188

F Psychological Warfare Ground Action, 11 November 1966 192

G Psyop Estimate of INPSYWAR 195

H Air Cushion Vehicle Report 196

I Viet Cong Strength and Combat Effectiveness, 1 August 1968 202

J Viet Cong Order of Battle (9th Infantry Division's Area), September 1968 203

K "Form Letter" from the 9th Infantry Division 206

Index 209

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