Vietnam War
Research Material

Part 4

Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
by Michael Beschloss
These secretly recorded conversations between President Lyndon Johnson and members of his family, his staff, and the troubled nation he was governing constitute one of the most exciting audio programs of the decade, invaluable to anyone who is interested in history, politics, or the workings of human nature.

Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Tan Son Nhut handled the majority of South Vietnamese commercial and military air traffic throughout the war.

Maxwell Taylor
Between 1962 and 1964, Taylor served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then spent a year as ambassador to South Vietnam.

Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive, by exposing the resolve of the Vietcong and North Vietnamese, as well as their continuing vigor, demoralized American public opinion.

By 1969, the Thais had a total of nearly 12,000 combat troops in Vietnam, including the elite Queen's Cobras and the Black Panther Division of the Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force.

Thich Nu Thanh Quang
Her death triggered a series of mass Buddhist protests throughout Vietnam.

Thich Quang Duc
Thich Quang Duc's suicide marked the beginning of the end of the Diem regime.

Nguyen Van Thieu
President of South Vietnam.

III Corps
III Corps was the third allied combat tactical zone in South Vietnam.

Third Marine Amphibious Brigade
When the Third Marine Amphibious Force left Da Nang in April 1971, the Third Marine Amphibious Brigade (3rd MAB) took its place.

Third Marine Division
Medals of Honor were awarded to twenty-nine marines and one corpsman who served with the division.

Van Tien Dung
Van Tien Dung led the final assault on South Vietnam in 1975.

Cyrus Vance
Vance was a close friend of Lyndon B. Johnson, and he became deputy secretary of defense in 1964.

Vietnam: A History
by Stanley Karnow
This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants -- French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand -- and make peace with -- a convulsive epoch of our recent history.

Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns
by David Lamb
"Part memoir, part historical narrative, part travelogue, part journalism, Lamb's worthy effort is a personality-driven look at Vietnam today." --Publishers Weekly

The Vietnam War in American Stories, Songs, and Poems
by H. Bruce Franklin
The first college anthology of American literature about the Vietnam War brings together 16 stories, 5 songs, and 63 poems in an affordable text for literature and history courses.

President Nixon's plan to encourage the South Vietnamese to take more responsibility for fighting the war.

Vietnam War Quotations

Vietnam War Women Writers

The Vietnamese

Visions of War, Dreams of Peace
by Joan Furey, Lynda Van Devanter
First Sentence: "I will never forget Vietnam . . . It is always there, and until the day that I am six feet under, Vietnam will always be there: the sights, the sounds, the smells, the happy times and the bad times . . . It is as real now as it was when I was there."

Voices from the Rear: Vietnam, 1969-1970
by George M. Watson
"Voices From the Rear" should be recognizable to many Vietnam Veterans. It deals with the inequalities of the draft system of the 1960s and provides a social history of the U.S. Army during 1969-1970. It is a story of rear echelon soldiers in Vietnam, who comprised the majority of troops that served in that war, often harboring festering animosities towards the war and the Army. They often maneuvered craftily to cope with the situation and created a culture and shared comradeship that helped them survive and endure the Army.

Vu Van Mau
Minister of foreign affairs in the government of Ngo Dinh Diem.

Vung Tau
The fifth largest city in South Vietnam.

The War at Home
Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.

The War Cradle
by Shirley Peck Barnes
The untold story of "Operation Babylift," the heroic evacuation of thousands of abandoned orphans during the last days of the Vietnam War.

War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir
by Sam Adams
Adams, an intelligence analyst with the CIA, discovered evidence in 1966 that the number of Vietnamese communist soldiers in Vietnam was closer to 600,000 than the 280,000 count made by the Pentagon. Unable to persuade CIA director Richard Helms to convene a board of inquiry, he unsuccessfully took his appeal to Congress and the White House, then resigned from the agency in '73 to write this account of the affair. His central argument is that General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, had deliberately overlooked some 300,000 Vietcong militiamen in order to buttress the government line that the U.S. was winning the war. In 1980 Adams was hired as a consultant for the CBS documentary The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception , based largely on the evidence he had uncovered; the film caused Westmoreland to file a much-publicized libel suit against the network, with Adams a co-defendant. Westmoreland dropped the suit before it went to jury. Adams died in 1988, leaving the memoir unfinished, but far enough along to explain how the CIA and top military brass -- with White House encouragement--misled the Congress and the American people about enemy strength before the 1968 Tet Offensive. The expose offers a convincing inside look at CIA analytical techniques during the Vietnam war.

War Without A Front, The Memoirs of a French Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Elisabeth Sevier
The Memoirs of A French Army Nurse serving in Indochina (Vietnam) from 1950-1953.

War Dogs
Recounts the great untold story of the Vietnam War. Witness the emotionally powerful, real-life story of several thousand courageous dogs that fought with allied soldiers and saved countless lives.

War Zone C
A region near the Cambodian border in III Corps.

Wars of National Liberation
On January 6, 1961, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushschev delivered a speech in Moscow.

We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang -- The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
by Harold G. Moore, Joseph Galloway
In the first significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965.

Frederick Weyand
In June 1972, he replaced General Crieghton Abrams as MACV commander.

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace
by Le Ly Hayslip
A Vietnamese woman describes her journey from war-torn central Vietnam to the United States, recounting how she endured imprisonment, torture, rape, near-starvation, and the deaths of members of her family.

Where We Were In Vietnam:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations and Naval Vessels of the Vietnam War - 1945-1975

by Michael Kelley
The culmination of over seven years of research, it is the ultimate guide to the military geography of the American War in Vietnam. It also includes references to numerous battle sites and forts of the French War as well. With more than 15,000 entries, it covers the entire Indochina theater, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and both North and South Vietnam. The author, Michael "M-60" Kelley, served as a rifleman and machine gunner with D Company, 1st/502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division from Nov. 69, until badly wounded, Sept. 70.

Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses and Ruins from the Vietnam War
by Gloria Emerson

Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam
by Elizabeth Norman

Women in Vietnam: The Oral History
by Ronald Steinman
In one of the great ironies of the Vietnam War, the United States government has no idea how many women actually served. Record keeping at the time did not reflect a person’s gender, so the numbers vary from a low of 8,000 to a high of more than 12,000. Most of these women served as nurses, but they also served in the Women’s Army Corps, the Red Cross, and other government and related agencies. They nursed soldiers in field hospitals, served as intelligence analysts, and performed for the troops on stage and television to help them escape the horrors of war. All were volunteers; none were drafted. When they returned home, many of them suffered not only the psychological hardships of surviving the conflict, but the added indignity of not being recognized as “real” veterans by their male counterparts. They have remained essentially invisible to the public.

In "Women in Vietnam," veteran journalist Ron Steinman, author of "The Soldiers’ Story," collects the testimonies of sixteen remarkable women who served, and provides an unflinching account of this crucial and long-ignored part of the war. In powerful first-hand accounts, we read of their experiences on the front lines, on the bases, and in the cities, towns, and villages. Whether working in the heart of triage or helping to dispense good cheer and raise morale, all of these women served with honor, without complaint, and with distinction. "Women in Vietnam" is not only a unique historical document, but a powerful record of extraordinary accomplishment.

Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War
by Virginia Elwood-Akers
More than 75 women served as war correspondents in the Vietnam War, covering every aspect of the war from human interest to combat. They worked for major news media and won major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Several women reporters were wounded in combat, three were taken prisoner, and two were killed.

Women's Perspectives on the Vietnam War
by Mary E. Haas
A broad and colorful overview of the diverse roles played by American and Vietnamese women during the war as combatants, nurses, social workers, politicians, journalists, entertainers, wives and mothers. Challenges the reader to appreciate the vital role of women in what typically is considered a young man's affair.

A World of Hurt: Between Innocence & Arrogance in Vietnam
by Mary Reynolds Powell
Mary personifies the tender mercy of all nurses thrust into combat.

Xuan Thuy
A veteran North Vietnamese diplomat.

Yankee Station
The place name for the United States Seventh Fleet's staging area in the South China Sea.

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