Cover

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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Only a person who has never written a book could believe that authors’ expressions of debt and gratitude are hyperbolic. So many people have helped me as I have worked on this project, and I am grateful to each of them for the large and small ways they made this book possible. ...

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Introduction: “I Know What it’s Like”

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pp. 1-13

On September 9, 2010, Tony Sklock and his wife, Linda, visited the temporary memorial to Flight 93, the hijacked airliner that had crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, when some of the passengers and crew attacked the hijackers. The National Park Service (NPS) had recently moved the memorial to a rusting Quonset hut overlooking the crash site and the construction of the permanent memorial scheduled to open a year later. ...

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1. “How Far is Andersonville from Vietnam?”: Vietnam Revisionism and Andersonville National Historic Site

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pp. 14-51

On April 9, 1998, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the keynote address at the dedication of the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site, the former Confederate prison site in southern Georgia. McCain told the story of Lance Sijan, an air force pilot shot down in Vietnam in November 1967 and taken captive on Christmas Day a month later. ...

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2. “We Veterans of Mass Murder and Stupidity”: Older Veterans’ PTSD and the Narration of Combat in Post-Vietnam Memoirs of the Second World War

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pp. 52-88

In the early 1980s, police officers brought a veteran who had smashed his furniture and threatened his girlfriend at gunpoint to the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Milwaukee. He confessed to James Hamilton, the hospital’s medical director, that following a night of drinking he had “vividly relived . . . a fellow Marine killing an old native woman for no obvious reason.”1 ...

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3. “We See a Lot of Parallels between the Men at the Alamo and Ourselves”: Recovering from Vietnam at the Alamo

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pp. 89-126

On March 2, 1986, after riding a covered wagon into San Antonio’s Alamo Plaza to officially open the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration, Vice President George H. W. Bush stepped to a podium in front of the shrine at which 187 men died during the Texas revolution of 1836 and told the gathered crowd, “What a great day to be a Texan” (fig. 3.1).1 ...

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4. “We Should Have Said No”: The Legacy of Vietnam, Remembrance of Somalia, and Debates over Humanitarian Intervention in the 1990s

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pp. 127-160

On March 24, 1999, President Bill Clinton told Americans that the United States had bombed Kosovo. “Ending this tragedy is a moral imperative,” he said, referring to the ethnic cleansing that had followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, during which, in its 1998–99 incarnation, Kosovo’s Serbian-led military killed thousands of ethnic Albanians. ...

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5. “It’s Almost like the Vietnam Wall”: The Legacy of Vietnam and Remembrance of Flight

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pp. 161-202

Members of Reserve Naval Construction Battalion 14, a Seabee unit based at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida but deployed to Camp Junction City, a marine base in Ramadi, Iraq, were most likely in a somber mood on May 2, 2004. ...

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6. “The Lessons of History”: Vietnam’s Legacy during the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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pp. 203-234

On September 28, 2007, Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band appeared on NBC’s Today show to promote their latest album, Magic. Toward the end of his set Springsteen launched into “Last to Die,” a symphonic, minor-chord critique of the Iraq war. ...

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Afterword: “The Task of Telling Your Story Continues”

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pp. 235-240

Although as a presidential candidate he said that the Vietnam War “had drawn to a close when I was fairly young. And so, that wasn’t formative for me in the way it was, I think, for an earlier generation,” Barack Obama found his own foreign policy relentlessly compared to that war.1 ...

Abbreviations Used in the Notes

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pp. 241-242

Notes

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pp. 243-296

Index

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pp. 297-305

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About the Author

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A native of Reading, Massachusetts, David Kieran is a visiting assistant professor of American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College and a doctorate in American Studies at the George Washington University. ...

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