The Bridges of Vietnam
From the Journals of a U.S. Marine Intelligence Officer
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: University of North Texas Press
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...of intelligence schools at the U.S. Army Intelligence Training Center at Fort Holabird, Maryland, and slated for a four-year desk job at the De The only shots ever fired at me had been by my own sentries in 1960, when I failed to stop when challenged while checking posts at a place called Clarksville Base, in Tennessee. There was a strong possibility that I ...
Chapter 1. Initiation
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...my Val Pak suitcase and footlocker from behind the counter. I volunteer a sharp-looking Army sergeant who has the time to help, and we reach my bus just before it pulls away. My words to the sergeant are the first I've On the bus to Travis, I sit next to a Marine second lieutenant ground officer named Ed, who was just commissioned at Fort Meade, Maryland, ...
Chapter 2. Professional Education
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Our plane is the first C-47 I've been aboard since I took one from the Big Island to Oahu in 1958. The C-47 is older than most of the pilots who fly it. During WWII it was called a "Gooney Bird." Under Navy terminol ogy it was called an R4-D, "R" standing for transport, "4" meaning the fourth transport plane made for the Navy, and "D" indicating that it was ...
Chapter 3. Internship
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With my morning ablutions complete, I stroll back to the Hong Kong Hotel. Mter a late breakfast in the dining room, it's time to go into Saigon for a holiday. I meet Peter McDougall, my Australian counterpart, and we go to Tu Do Street. Most of the stands there sell curio items such as you might find on the streets of Tijuana. They are cheap items but not cheap ...
Chapter 4. Residency
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Indeed, the uniform for the ceremony is field uniform, and some of the Marines tell me that this is the first time they have worn this uniform since they arrived in Vietnam. I feel lucky that at least I get to see the The ceremony starts. Goose pimples. Tears. I force myself to think of anything not connected with the Marine Corps birthday. I try to ignore the ...
Chapter 5. A Long Tunnel to Nowhere
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...and IV Corps when they're not in the field. So Peter and I search out the Until now, when I thought ofDa Nang, I always thought of Marines, but the I Corps club is something else. Here are Army officers. Here are Army female nurses yet! Here are Air Force advisors, wearing black flight And there at the bar are Australian advisors! Few Americans realize ...
Chapter 6. Sabbatical
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Scopes between the Australians and the Marine 1st Recon Battalion. At five-ten, he is taller than most Australians I've met. He keeps his dark hair long enough to comb. I picture him running his fingers through it and thinking, "Bloody Americans and their red tape," but I know that he's too polite to say it. He merely says, "Come over to the compound, Fred." ...
Chapter 7. Transition
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...charcoaled logs, each about six inches in diameter and five feet long. One of these logs has flared up, and smoke is pouring out of the back of the Lambretta. The Vietnamese driver is on the verge of a giant sized cook-out! The poor little bastard is pulling out logs as fast as he can and throwing them all over the highway, trying to find the one that is burn ...
Chapter 8. Initiation
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Ted Fielding says, "I know you and I feel embarrassed about talking of these things, but my boss is new in country. He told me that he doesn't know enough details about what we've done in the field during the last ten months to write appropriate recommendations. He wants us to write Ted is right, because I do feel embarrassed. I have to ask, "For what ...
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...they returned to Vietnam early. Unlike Young, who wrote that Vietnam was like a movie that you entered in the middle of and left in the middle of, these men wanted to stay to see the end. For some of them, the distinc I learned to be speculative and wary of senior officers from any ser vice. I discovered that donning leaves, eagles or stars does not automati ...
Appendix A. Selected Vietnam War Chronology
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Appendix B. Terms and Acronyms
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Appendix C. Bibliography
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Sketch Map Number 1: South Vietnam (former Republic of Vietnam) ...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 4 b&w illus. 4 maps.
Publication Year: 2001