A Spear-Carrier in Viet Nam: Memoir of an American Civilian in Country, 1967 and 1970-1972

A Spear-Carrier in Viet Nam: Memoir of an American Civilian in Country, 1967 and 1970-1972

by Michael E. Tolle


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There was another war in Vietnam, one that mostly did not make the headlines: the campaign to “win the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people.
Fought not with artillery and helicopters but with food, medicine and shelter for civilians devastated by the conflict, the effort was unprecedented in U.S. history, involving both military and civilian personnel working together in widely spread areas of the countryside.
Part history and part memoir, this book chronicles an overlooked aspect of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, with a focus on the war victims and refugees who were most tragically affected by the carnage. The author recounts his two years “in-country” as an aid worker and tells how the humanitarian effort was conducted and why it failed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476675978
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2018
Pages: 201
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael E. Tolle pursued several careers after leaving government service. He settled on teaching history at community colleges in the Philadelphia area. Now retired, he lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: The Perspective of a ­Spear-Carrier 8

One—What I Did on My Summer Vacation 13

Two—Back in Class Again: September 1967–June 1970 44

Three—Fighting “The Other War” 72

Four—Bao Loc: July 1970–July 1971 83

Five—Saigon: July 1971–July 1972 128

Epilogue: “Their Vietnamese fight harder

than our Vietnamese” 179

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 189

Index 191

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