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This memoir is a record of what Jensen calls the luckiest and greatest adventure of his life. In the midst of the fighting and with the knowledge that each day could be his last, this young Marine managed to find some humor in his situation and he believes that is what kept him alive. The story begins with Jensen as a young man in New York in the 1960s, who, following in his brother’s footsteps, decides to join the Marines in hopes of finding himself. Early chapters discuss his experiences in boot camp and his combat training at Camp Lejeune. Subsequent chapters move directly to vivid descriptions of action on the battlefield, Jensen's time aboard the USS Valley Forge, days spent walking through rice paddies and the resulting foot infections he suffered. On the day he arrived home in New York, a cab driver at the airport charged Jensen double the fare to drive him home. He paid it and returned to a delighted family on March 6, 1970.
For Southeast Asia, the Vietnam War altered forever the history, topography, people, economy, and politics of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), Cambodia, and Laos. That the war was controversial is an understatement as is the notion that the war can be understood from any one perspective. One way of understanding the Vietnam War is by marking its time with turning points, both major and minor, that involved events or decisions that helped to influence its course in the years to follow. By examining a few of these turning points, an organizational framework takes shape that makes understanding the war more possible. Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam emphasizes the international nature of the war, as well as provide a greater understanding of the long scope of the conflict. The major events associated with the war will serve as the foundation of the book while additional entries will explore the military, diplomatic, political, social, and cultural events that made the war unique. While military subjects will be fully explored, there will be greater attention to other aspects of the war. All of this is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Vietnam War.
This special edition ebook is a collection of some of the best first-person writing about combat in Vietnam available today. Drawn from 24 full-length memoirs and interviews, all published by McFarland (and available separately in complete editions), these excerpts offer important, gripping and provocative stories from men and women who were forever changed by their experiences in the war. They represent the perspectives of Army infantry, forward observers, a journalist, a combat bandsman, Marines, pilots and nurses. 'Nam Raw includes excerpts from the following titles: The Hump (Al Conetto) Lullabies for Lieutenants (Franklin Cox) Mad Minutes and Vietnam Months (Micheal Clodfelter) Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid (Taylor Eubank) Killer Kane (Andrew R. Finlayson) Stained with the Mud of Khe Sanh (Rodger Jacobs) Scrappy (Howard C. “Scrappy” Johnson and Ian A. O'Connor) Cammie Up! (Steven A. Johnson) Pucker Factor 10 (James Joyce) Crucible Vietnam (A.T. Lawrence) Ghosts and Shadows (Phil Ball) Eye of the Tiger (John Edmund Delezen) Vietnam-Perkasie (W.D. Ehrhart) Rice Paddy Recon (Andrew R. Finlayson) Quang Tri Cadence (Jon Oplinger) Vietnam War Nurses (Patricia Rushton) Runway Visions (David Kirk Vaughan) The Crouching Beast (Frank Boccia) Combat Bandsman (Robert F. Fischer) Tail End Charlie (Ronald John Jensen) The Ghosts of Thua Thien (John A. Nesser) Hornet 33 (Ed Denny) War Stories (Conrad M. Leighton) Fighting Shadows in Vietnam (Michael P. Moynihan, Jr.)
From April 1969 through March 1973, the author served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) as a liaison officer and interpreter for United States forces in Danang. His close work with the American forces led to a dream to live in a free country. His dream turned into a nightmare, however, with the fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975 and his imprisonment in Communist re-education camps in April 1976. After his release, he got a different look at the new Communist regime, where corruption and lawlessness spread from the central offices to local offices. In 1982 he and his family fled in a rickety boat on a harrowing journey that ultimately brought them to the United States.

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