Granny and Babysan, in a hamlet near Bong Son, 1969.

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Granny and Babysan, in a hamlet near Bong Son, 1969.

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Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

"He said to me, ‘Oh, I really feel bad. I asked God to forgive me for what I did, for killing all those people, all those civilians, all those children,’" recalled his mother.

As always did when facing the nightmares, Ybarra would bring up his best friend, Kenneth “Boots” Green. The memories of Boots lying in the dirt, blood gushing from his head, haunted Ybarra. “Whey did he have to die?” he asked his mother between tears. “Why?”

Because when it all got crazy, when Boots went down in an ambush on September 29, 1967, that’s when Ybarra really lost control. And now he was afraid everyone would know what he had been trying to lock away for years.

-Introductory Chapter, Pg. 8, Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss



View from the Gunner’s seat, M48A3 tank from 1/69 Armor.

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View from the Gunner’s seat, M48A3 tank from 1/69 Armor.

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I have now spent an hour scrolling your blog, and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. For your time, your research, your willingness to find answers to questions or to assist in any way. This last hour I have looked at so many faces, and you can't help but wonder, did they come home? Did they make a life after this war? It's heart crushing. Thank you for your time

I am so glad that you appreciate it.

I can tell you with certainty that some of the men you see in the photos did not come home alive. I can tell you with as much certainty that the vast majority who did return home did build lives for themselves.

Thank you for your kind message!



MSTS Gen. D. I. Sultan arrives off VN with members of the 2nd Bn. 3rd Inf. Reg. / 199th Light Inf. Brigade  December 1966.  Brigade remains in VN 3 plus years sustaining 754 KIA & 4,759 WIA.  199th inactivated 1970.

These troops are aboard the USNS General Daniel I. Sultan, originally the USS Admiral W.S. Benson.

MSTS Gen. D. I. Sultan arrives off VN with members of the 2nd Bn. 3rd Inf. Reg. / 199th Light Inf. Brigade  December 1966.  Brigade remains in VN 3 plus years sustaining 754 KIA & 4,759 WIA.  199th inactivated 1970.

These troops are aboard the USNS General Daniel I. Sultan, originally the USS Admiral W.S. Benson.



Me with my starlight scope Nam 1968-69

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Me with my starlight scope Nam 1968-69

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Submissions Welcome!

All posts made today are submissions received during the last two months. A number of them are from veterans. I would like to take a moment to thank them for their service. 

Additionally I would like to remind everyone that submissions are always open. Items from personal and/or family photo collections, personal memories and stories, quotes from books, and other relevant materials are all welcome.*

I do ask that as much information be included as possible with photos, as well as book quotes including the title and author of the book and the page number the passage was taken from.

If you have any questions, the ask box is always open. Submissions and questions are also welcome at: vietnamwarera@gmail.com

Submit your post today!

*I retain the right as administrator of this blog to not post material that I do not find relevant. You will be contacted in this case and told why.


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I'm sorry I didn't mean to romanticize war at all . I meant to mean it as to serve and protect people . Even though I know war isn't glamorous , if I could I would've fought in WW2 to help the others against Hitler, you know what I mean ? It wasn't meant to be in a "war is cool" kind of way. I'm sorry .
Anonymous

Understood, apology accepted. Thank you for explaining further what you meant.


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Destroyed NVA T-54 tank.

Destroyed NVA T-54 tank.


Book Giveaway by vietnamwarera

vietnamwarera:

To celebrate 7000+ followers, I am going to be giving away a hardcover copy of Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow, first published in 1983. This is an essential volume to anyone looking to learn about the Vietnam War, and the long history behind it, in depth. 

From the book jacket:

The time is ripe for a comprehensive, fair-minded history of America’s war in Vietnam. Stanley Karnow’s magnificent book is precisely that - an enthralling narrative that clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies this tragic ordeal. Panoramic in scope, profound in understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with hundreds of participants on both sides. In its wealth of detail and its sure grasp of the issues, Vietnam: A History transcends the past and contains lessons relevant to the present and future.

Notes:
The copy being given away is a used book, but in good condition. There are a few very small tears in the book jacket and there is discoloration of the book jacket on the spine. There is no writing or other marks anywhere on or in the book.

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I will be covering the full cost of shipping. Because of this, I can only afford to ship within the United states.

I will be using Random Line Picker to determine the winner.

*The winner will be chosen the day after the giveaway ends and will have three days to contact me via ask box to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.*

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*****Giveaway ends August 23, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.*****


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101st Airborne Division trooper

101st Airborne Division trooper


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USS Vernon County, LST-1161. Read more here.

USS Vernon County, LST-1161. Read more here.


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A human and canine pair of the 47th Scout Dog Platoon.

A human and canine pair of the 47th Scout Dog Platoon.


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14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division


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US airman working in a communications center.

US airman working in a communications center.