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A Different Face of War is a riveting account of a Medical Service Corps officer’s activities during the early years of the Vietnam War. Assigned as the senior medical advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in I Corps, an area close to the DMZ, James G. Van Straten traveled extensively and interacted with military officers and non-commissioned officers, peasant-class farmers, Buddhist bonzes, shopkeepers, scribes, physicians, nurses, the mentally ill, and even political operatives. He sent his wife daily letters from July 1966 through June 1967, describing in impressive detail his experiences, and those letters became the primary source for his memoir. The author describes with great clarity and poignancy the anguish among the survivors when an American cargo plane in bad weather lands short of the Da Nang Air Base runway on Christmas Eve and crashes into a Vietnamese coastal village, killing more than 100 people and destroying their village; the heart-wrenching pleadings of a teenage girl that her shrapnel-ravaged leg not be amputated; and the anger of an American helicopter pilot who made repeated trips into a hot landing zone to evacuate the wounded, only to have the Vietnamese insist that the dead be given a higher priority.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Images
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1: July 1966
  2. pp. 5-44
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  1. Chapter 2: August 1966
  2. pp. 45-82
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  1. Chapter 3: September 1966
  2. pp. 83-130
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  1. Chapter 4: October 1966
  2. pp. 131-176
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  1. Chapter 5: November 1966
  2. pp. 177-214
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  1. Chapter 6: December 1966
  2. pp. 215-252
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  1. Chapter 7: January 1967
  2. pp. 253-280
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  1. Chapter 8: February 1967
  2. pp. 281-312
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  1. Chapter 9: March 1967
  2. pp. 313-352
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  1. Chapter 10: April 1967
  2. pp. 353-394
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  1. Chapter 11: May 1967
  2. pp. 395-430
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  1. Chapter 12: June 1967
  2. pp. 431-468
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  1. Chapter 13: Reflections
  2. pp. 469-476
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 477-478
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 479-484
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 485-488
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 489-497
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574416213
Related ISBN
9781574416176
MARC Record
OCLC
929952660
Pages
576
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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