Dartmouth Veterans: Vietnam Perspectives

Dartmouth Veterans: Vietnam Perspectives

by Phillip C. Schaefer (Editor)


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Dartmouth Veterans: Vietnam Perspectives by Phillip C. Schaefer

These are tales of what it was like for young men to go from the bucolic hills of New Hampshire to a land wracked by war and violence. The result is a collection of more than fifty accounts, showing the variety of experiences and reactions to this dramatic period in American history. Some soldiers were drafted, some volunteered; some supported the war, but many turned against it. Common to all the stories is the way in which war changes men, for good and ill, and the way in which the Vietnam experience colored so much of the rest of these writers’ lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611685497
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,245,363
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

PHILLIP C. SCHAEFER is the Dartmouth ’64 class secretary.

Table of Contents

Foreword by James Wright
Introduction by Edward Miller
Abbreviations and Glossary
Military Service—Tom Seymour
An Undergrad in Vietnam—Anthony B. Thompson
Dartmuth Interruptus: Military and Maturity—Lockwood (Woody) Barr
Cold Wind for the Hanover Plain—Nelson Carman
William Brewster Nickerson, ’64—Sage Dunlap Chase
Rolling Thunder: One Small Step to Enlightenment—Robert B. Field Jr.
Life aboard a U.S. Aircraft Carrier—Paul T. (Pete) Koenig
The Road from Dartmouth to Vietnam—John T. Lane
The Green Lieutenant—Hugh Savage
Supporting Our Troops and Country—Derick Denby
Vietnam-Era Military Service: Some Good Memories—Fritz Corrigan
Two Souths Remembered: America and Vietnam in the Mid-’60s—James P. Stewart
“I Never to See You Again”—Tim Brooks
Radio Days—Alan McKee
Vietnam and My Life—George Morrow
Paradoxes of War—Bud McGrath
Ours Is Not to Reason Why, Ours Is But to Sit and Wait—Richard Mack
Vietnam: A Defining Life Event—Neal Stanley
Vietnam: Before/During/After—David W. Kruger
Navy Days—Paul E. Hale
Ready, Willing, and Able: Life as a Helicopter Pilot aboard a Frigate in the Gulf of Tonkin—Robert (Bob) Parkinson
A Very Personal Experience—Glen Kendall
Scooter Driver—Ned Miller
Vietnam War Experiences—Charles L. Marsh Jr.
Down to the Sea in Ships—Ernie Notar
Tet’s Albatross—Charles G. Williams Jr.
Dartmouth and ROTC—Donald C. Bross
Observe, Analyze, and Respond—Stanley C. Herr
Vietnam in the Course of a Navy Career—Michael W. Parker
How Did I Miss Vietnam?—Michael M. MacMurray
Entitled Elites and Exploited Expendables: The Privileged versus the Patriots—David S. deCalesta
The Police General’s Horse—Newell Grant
Father and Son—George J. Fesus
A Life Saved—Willard Cook
The Maturing of a Dartmouth Marine—Lee A. Chilcote
Winning Hearts and Minds—Ivars Bemberis
A Quiet War, a Damped Conscience—Robert J. (Woody) Woodruff
My WestPac Tour—Stephen M. Thompson
Vietnam—Accelerating My Maturity—Peter E. Luitwieler
Life in a Jungle Base Camp—Carl DuRei
LST-912 on the Rocks—Alan S. Woodberry
From Lawyer to Aerial Recon Commander—James Laughlin III
The War at Home—Karl F. Winkler
Lawyering in the Army—Vietnam and Stateside—Philip McFerrin
Vietnam: Once in a Lifetime—Curt Little
“I Guess You Can Learn Something Anywhere”—Walton Smith
Thoughts on Vietnam—Jim Harris
Duty and Service in the Cold War Era—Edmund B. Frost
The Past as Prologue—Alan E. Ferris
Vietnam Remembered—Robert Hager
Fighting the War on the Home Front—John Topping
Nobody Knows and Nothing Changes—Lynn McCanse
Rear Guard—Bill Riggs
An Air Force JAG Desk Jockey—David W. Hess
Legacies of the Vietnam War—John T. Fishel
Drafted—Robert J. Rose
Missing from Action—C. Dean Razzano
Epilogue: The Plan—William Peters
Veterans from the Class of 1964

What People are Saying About This

Nathaniel Fick

“This is a haunting and welcome collection. It shows readers the combat experience of a generation of Dartmouth veterans — part of a long, unbroken line extending from the Revolution to the current day.”

Morton Kondracke

“These essays offer a remarkable look into almost the full range of Vietnam-era military experience—from harrowing danger and selfless heroism to desk-bound tedium, from pride in serving to disillusionment with the mission and the way it was conducted. It enriches the entire Dartmouth community to have these stories told.”

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