They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans


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They Were Soldiers showcases the inspiring true stories of 49 Vietnam veterans who returned home from the "lost war" to enrich America's present and future.

In this groundbreaking new book, Joseph L. Galloway, distinguished war correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, and Marvin J. Wolf, Vietnam veteran and award-winning author, reveal the private lives of those who returned from Vietnam to make astonishing contributions in science, medicine, business, and other arenas, and change America for the better.

For decades, the soldiers who served in Vietnam were shunned by the American public and ignored by their government. Many were vilified or had their struggles to reintegrate into society magnified by distorted depictions of veterans as dangerous or demented. Even today, Vietnam veterans have not received their due. Until now. These profiles are touching and courageous, and often startling.

They include veterans both known and unknown, including:

  • Frederick Wallace (“Fred”) Smith, CEO and founder of FedEx
  • Marshall Carter, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange
  • Justice Eileen Moore, appellate judge who also serves as a mentor in California's Combat Veterans Court
  • Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell
  • Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr., first African American in space

Engrossing, moving, and eye-opening, They Were Soldiers is a magnificent tribute that gives long overdue honor and recognition to the soldiers of this "forgotten generation."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400208807
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 698,723
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Joseph L. Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and twenty years as a senior editor and writer for U.S. News & World Report. He is coauthor, with the late Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the film starring Mel Gibson, and of the bestselling sequel, We Are Soldiers Still. Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal, the only medal of valor the U.S. Army awarded to a civilian in the Vietnam War. He lives in Concord, NC, with his wife, Dr. Grace Liem Galloway.

Marvin J. Wolf served as an Army combat photographer, reporter, and press chief in Vietnam and was one of only sixty men to receive a battlefield promotion to lieutenant. He is the author, coauthor, or ghostwriter of seventeen previous books. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his adult daughter and their two spoiled dogs.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xix

Part 1 Artists and Professionals

Clovis Jones 3

Don Rat 10

James Caccavo 17

Jan Scruggs 24

Jay Mancini 30

John Balaban 39

Jim Graham 51

Michael Reagan 59

Oliver Stone 67

Paul Longgrear 73

Quang X. Pham 83

Russell Balisok 90

Stuart Steinberg 100

Ted Gostas 108

Thinh "Tim" Nguyen 115

Frederick W. Smith 123

Part 2 Healers

Eileen Moore 133

Hal Kushner 140

Mike Hepler 146

Diane Carlson Evans 151

Phillip Fulkerson 160

Phillip Roby 167

Grace Liem Lim Suan Tzu Galloway 172

Deryle Perryman 177

Jeff Fredrick 185

Karen Offutt 191

John Padgett 199

Part 3 Officeholders

Barry McCaffrey 209

Charles L. Siler 221

Charles "Chuck" Hagel 234

Dwight Livingston 243

Nasif Majeed 250

Colin Powell 256

Lewis Merletti 263

George Forrest 275

Marshall Carter 285

Mary Stout 293

Max Cleland 303

Richard Armitage 311

Silvestre Reyes 321

Part 4 Government Service

Harold "Ben" Gay 329

Bruce Beardsley 336

Eugene "Gene" Deatrick 343

Guion "Guy" Bluford Jr 350

Mary Cohoe 357

Mike Hebert 364

Scott Ratliff 369

Viet X. Luong 374

Acknowledgments 379

Notes 380

Authors' Note 384

About the Authors 385

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