Viet Nam

Early History of US Army Advisers and MAAG Mission in Vietnam, 1959-1963

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Seems you can’t turn your head without finding our friend SGM Fred Barnes in the middle of history. Last year we introduced Fred as an E-3 trooper whose unit was brought into to witness (as guinea pigs) the first and only firing of the Army’s famous atomic cannon in the Nevada desert in 1953.

(Fast forward six years, and Spec 5 Barnes found himself at the front of the history known in America as the “Vietnam War”, only four years before ...

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A Chronicle of an Army Personnel Fixer

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They’ve often claimed that Economics is the dreariest science, but for men in uniform you’d have to go some to match the drudgery of pouring over miles and miles of pages and pages of personnel files and the rules and regs that define them.

In the Army of the 60s-and 70s, before reorganization, it was called G-1, then DCSPER (Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel) and that was where they kept the records of every trooper. His 201-file, which he carried when he ...

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A Matter of Rape in Japan

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In October I promised you a second case-story about rape, the first story trying to give you some sort of idea about why neither good cops nor defense lawyers will take a female victim’s word as gospel.

This next case in about a rape charge that highlighted the difference in legal cultures (Japan and the United States) and the bias against foreign criminals there which I’ve never seen in America in my lifetime.

 

In March, I think, 1974, Mrs Minami showed in a ...

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Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Marine Veteran.

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Meet Sergeant Major John L. Canley, a retired marine, America. Canley is the 300th recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

 

Remarks by President Trump at the Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Gunnery Sergeant John L. Canley

East Room
4:11 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. And thank ...

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Two Soldiers Accused of Rape, Part One

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Since “She said-He said” is all the political rage right now, I have a couple of cases that are almost on point, both of which point out the reason why our judicial system of evidence is so important.

At one time I had planned on turning both of these tales into short stories and maybe even a script, but the thought left me years ago.

The first was a case where a WAC accused an Army sergeant of rape, told here, and ...

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A Memo on the Vietnam Draft, a Prelude for 21st Century Vets

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(This is a set-up piece, a prelude, as to why we need a corps of veterans out there teaching young kids about America. Like any military exercise, we have to 1) know the objective and 2) and know the size and power of the obstacles out there laying out there to keep us from reaching it.)

Recently we published a piece calling for national service, suggesting that every high school graduate be required to attend a boot camp of sorts, where, among other things, they ...

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July 4th – 50th Anniversary of 11th Infantry slog in Vietnam

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(This is another installment of one of our sponsors, Mike Collins, and still swaps stories with this mates from the old unit. Reunions and much beer involved.-VB)

This is the 50th Anniversary of our slog to build LZ Karen.

On the 4th we were OPCON to 3/21st Inf but were dropped off in the wrong place without right maps and wrong radio frequencies and/or were  out of radio range. This was smack in the middle of the Que Son valley.
I remember Patterson ...
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