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Want to know what the Vietnam War was really like? These are true stories from real people caught up in an all too real war. They tell who we were, our jobs and memories of the place, and what we did after we came home. From a Marine ambulance driver at Khe Sanh, Special Ops troops fighting a guerrilla war against the VC and NVA, Recon pilots, artillerymen on Christmas Eve Want to know what the Vietnam War was really like? These are true stories from real people caught up in an all too real war. They tell who we were, our jobs and memories of the place, and what we did after we came home. From a Marine ambulance driver at Khe Sanh, Special Ops troops fighting a guerrilla war against the VC and NVA, Recon pilots, artillerymen on Christmas Eve, a Navy seaman below decks fighting a catastrophic fire on the USS Oriskany, a New Zealand artillery unit firing round after round to stop an NVA assault, Marine Corpsmen saving the wounded under fire, patrolling the jungle with New Zealand infantry, walking into Khe Sanh with the 1st Cav as they broke the siege, riding in an APC with the armored cav across the hills in I Corps, being shot down in Cambodia with a Huey pilot, plus cooks, clerks, truck drivers, and gunship pilots, combat medics, and Marine grunts and many more -- from the Delta to the DMZ and Thailand to the South China Sea, this book puts you in their boots. While most Vietnam War books only cover one guy, one unit, one place, and one year, Volume 1, Volume 2, and now Volume 3 span all the war years from 1962 to 1975. Some of us were drafted. Some enlisted. Some were legit war heroes, but most were just trying to survive. As everyone “in-country” knew, Vietnam mostly came down to luck, good or bad. If you were there, you understand. If you weren’t, grab a copy and start reading anywhere in the book. The stories are like Doritos. Try a few. I guarantee and you won’t be able to stop.


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Want to know what the Vietnam War was really like? These are true stories from real people caught up in an all too real war. They tell who we were, our jobs and memories of the place, and what we did after we came home. From a Marine ambulance driver at Khe Sanh, Special Ops troops fighting a guerrilla war against the VC and NVA, Recon pilots, artillerymen on Christmas Eve Want to know what the Vietnam War was really like? These are true stories from real people caught up in an all too real war. They tell who we were, our jobs and memories of the place, and what we did after we came home. From a Marine ambulance driver at Khe Sanh, Special Ops troops fighting a guerrilla war against the VC and NVA, Recon pilots, artillerymen on Christmas Eve, a Navy seaman below decks fighting a catastrophic fire on the USS Oriskany, a New Zealand artillery unit firing round after round to stop an NVA assault, Marine Corpsmen saving the wounded under fire, patrolling the jungle with New Zealand infantry, walking into Khe Sanh with the 1st Cav as they broke the siege, riding in an APC with the armored cav across the hills in I Corps, being shot down in Cambodia with a Huey pilot, plus cooks, clerks, truck drivers, and gunship pilots, combat medics, and Marine grunts and many more -- from the Delta to the DMZ and Thailand to the South China Sea, this book puts you in their boots. While most Vietnam War books only cover one guy, one unit, one place, and one year, Volume 1, Volume 2, and now Volume 3 span all the war years from 1962 to 1975. Some of us were drafted. Some enlisted. Some were legit war heroes, but most were just trying to survive. As everyone “in-country” knew, Vietnam mostly came down to luck, good or bad. If you were there, you understand. If you weren’t, grab a copy and start reading anywhere in the book. The stories are like Doritos. Try a few. I guarantee and you won’t be able to stop.

30 review for Our Vietnam Wars, Vol 3: as told by still more veterans who served

  1. 5 out of 5

    Blaine

    In a firefight, you did not see a person shooting at you. In a firefight, it was the bushes that shot at you. The idea behind this series is simple: telling stories of the Vietnam War not through discussions of the famous leaders, or of strategy or tactics, but through the words of different people who served. It covers many of the themes familiar to students of the Vietnam War. The general disdain for the tactics imposed from above by the so-called best and brightest. The soldiers still ill or i In a firefight, you did not see a person shooting at you. In a firefight, it was the bushes that shot at you. The idea behind this series is simple: telling stories of the Vietnam War not through discussions of the famous leaders, or of strategy or tactics, but through the words of different people who served. It covers many of the themes familiar to students of the Vietnam War. The general disdain for the tactics imposed from above by the so-called best and brightest. The soldiers still ill or injured as a result of their service. The failure of Americans to welcome the veterans home after their service. This volume has a somewhat different feel than the first two. Many if not most of the veterans interviewed were officers, usually graduates from West Point. These were not people who came of age at the wrong time, but people who had chosen with eyes open to serve and lead in the military. This volume also seems to have more of a focus on stories of combat, which often highlights the role of luck in all of these tales: how the wrong place, wrong time, or wrong side of a hill is often the difference between capture and escape, literally between life or death. The author does a great job of letting the voice of each individual veteran shine through. There are the thankful and the angry. There’s one who sounds like Kevin Kline in the movie A Fish Called Wanda yelling “We didn't lose Vietnam! It was a tie!” This volume is another compelling, fascinating read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    The Third volume of stories by veterans of the Vietnam war. This volume has quite few stories by West Point graduates and some by General Officers  as well as non-coms and below, William also indicates that he is working on a 4th volume and probably his last. The books have been well received by veterans and their families, often being the first time they have heard (read) anything about the veterans life during the conflict.

  3. 5 out of 5

    THOMAS L SPENCE

    Thanks for helping us! I have read all three books. I have not spoken much about my service and reading these books has been a great help to me.I was not aware that so many Vets suffered effects of Agent Orange. I have not read a book in three years and can't watch War movies. I plan to contact the VA. Thank You William Brown.

  4. 5 out of 5

    a.t.m.

    Another awesome book about Vietnam, as told by the men who were there. The author has written another great book using the words and descriptions of veterans, that served in the war. The author deserves much credit in enlightening and educating those, who have no clue as to what war is about. Every emotion, every feeling, every doubt , is shared in vol 3. It should be required reading for every senior in high school in America. I highly recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael D. Pooler

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betsy McDonough

  7. 5 out of 5

    kent gardner

  8. 5 out of 5

    sarah gibbs

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harlan R Schmidt

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pat Skelton

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marlene Dyer

  12. 5 out of 5

    janet schneekloth

  13. 5 out of 5

    carl watkiss

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judy Tompkins

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

  16. 4 out of 5

    George R. Walters

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sherma McElree

  18. 4 out of 5

    maria gonzales

  19. 5 out of 5

    Richard L. Yeates

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eric D Cerini

  21. 4 out of 5

    kevin atkins

  22. 5 out of 5

    Faith Agullana-O'Day

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ron Owens

  24. 4 out of 5

    Seth Schneible

  25. 5 out of 5

    jan horton

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  27. 5 out of 5

    thomas wacker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Young

  29. 4 out of 5

    RALPH FERRIS

  30. 5 out of 5

    james r harris

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