The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

by Andrew Wiest
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The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam by Andrew Wiest

When the 160 men of Charlie Company (4th Battalion/47th Infantry/9th ID) were drafted by the US Army in May 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to 80,000 combat troops in theater by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966, the war was still popular and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company rotated home, only 30 men were not casualties-and they were among the first vets of the war to be spit on and harassed by war protestors as they arrived back the U.S.

In his new book, The Boys of '67, Andy Wiest, the award-winning author of Vietnam's Forgotten Army and The Vietnam War 1956-1975, examines the experiences of a company from the only division in the Vietnam era to train and deploy together in similar fashion to WWII's famous 101st Airborne Division.

Wiest interviewed more than 50 officers and enlisted men who served with Charlie Company, including the surviving platoon leaders and both of the company's commanders. (One of the platoon leaders, Lt Jack Benedick, lost both of his legs, but went on to become a champion skier.) In addition, he interviewed 15 family members of Charlie Company veterans, including wives, children, parents, and siblings. Wiest also had access to personal papers, collections of letters, a diary, an abundance of newspaper clippings, training notebooks, field manuals, condolence letters, and photographs from before, during, and after the conflict.

As Wiest shows, the fighting that Charlie Company saw in 1967 was nearly as bloody as many of the better publicized battles, including the infamous 'Ia Drang' and 'Hamburger Hill.' As a result, many of the surviving members of Charlie Company came home with what the military now recognizes as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-a diagnosis that was not recognized until the late 1970s and was not widely treated until the 1980s. Only recently, after more than 40 years, have many members of Charlie Company achieved any real and sustained relief from their suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472803337
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Series: General Military Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 199,887
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.86(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

Andrew Wiest, Ph.D.is Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Also the founding director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, Wiest was born in Chicago, but raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After attending the University of Southern Mississippi for his undergraduate and Master's degrees, Dr. Wiest went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1990. Specializing in the study of World War I and Vietnam, Dr. Wiest has served as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Warfighting Strategy in the United States Air Force Air War College. Since 1992 Dr. Wiest has been active in international education, leading a study abroad program on World War II to London and Normandy each summer, and developing the award-winning Vietnam Study Abroad Program. Dr. Wiest has published 14 books on various topics in the field of Military History, including Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN (New York University Press), which won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award; America and the Vietnam War (Routledge Press); Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land (Osprey Press); and Passchendaele and the Royal Navy (Greenwood Press). Additionally Dr. Wiest has appeared in and consulted on several historical documentaries for the History Channel, Granada Television, PBS, the BBC, and for Lucasfilm. Dr. Wiest lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Jill and their three children Abigail, Luke and Wyatt.

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The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the first time in my life I understand you a little more than I thought possible. You would never talk of the war and your part in it, now I see why. Even though I was small when you went, I have vivid memory's of helping Mom get the care package's together for you and Charlie, I have not made another picnicker since then. Can't say that I won't smile or giggle when I think of you and Bug juice. Uncle Larry, Hero looks good on you. Love you Joy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story, makes you proud you're an american
DOCPROCNWK More than 1 year ago
Great read! Enjoyed the book since I was in the Nam in 1967 with the USMC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Band of Brothers for the Vietnam Conflict.
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book to get through, but it is an excellent account of one group's time in Vietnam. I hope the surviving members of Charlie company feel the author describes their trials as accurately as an outside reader (me) feels they are depicted. I have many friends who are Vietnam Vets,and I appreciate the time and sacrifices they made. Most have made their own peace with that time, and with Vietnam. Given the tremendous losses, I hope Charlie Company's survivors can do the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Boys of '67 were typical teenagers for the most part. They grew up fast serving in Viet Nam. For a look at what it was like, and what they went through in-country, and upon their return home, this is a must read. If you don't come away from reading this book heart-torn, and with a new respect for Vietnam veterans, and their families.......Just read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The boys of '67 gave a detail account of being drafted and going to fight in Southeast Asia. I was moved by the hardships endured by these young men and was sadden by their suffering when returning home. Also how their family's suffer. They gave much and should have received credit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand what the soldiers had to go through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helps me to understand what my friend went through a year latter in 68 . A CO 4th sqaud 2nd 47th . Line doggies getting the worst to come home and get it again . Shame on you !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy stats, and the minutiae of personal details of each subject herein, this book is for you. It is skillfully written with detail in mind, but is not what you would call a page turner. One expects a perspective to develop regarding the war, but it is slow to emerge. I'd rate it a 7 out of ten.
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