SPAN STYLE 2014 Military Writers Society Bronze Award Winner in the History Category Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance The Vietnam War lives on famously and infamously dependent on political points of view, but those who have been there, done that have a highly personalized window on their time of that history Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated characters in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes of battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants It is replete with leadership lessons as well as valuable insights that are just as applicable today as they were forty years ago.This is an anecdotal history of Americas war in Vietnam composed of firsthand narratives by Vietnam War veterans presented in chronological order They are intense, emotional, and highly personal stories Connecting each of them is a brief historical commentary of that period of the war, the geography of the story, and the contemporary strategy written by Lewis Sorley, West Point class of 1956, and author of A Better War and Westland.With a foreword by Lt Gen Dave R Palmer, U.S Army Ret , Valor in Vietnam presents a historical overview of the war through the eyes of participants in each branch of service and throughout the entire course of the war Simply put, their stories serve to reflect the commitment, honor, and dedication with which Americas veterans performed their service.Allen B Clark graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963 Two years later, in 1965, he volunteered for service in Vietnam and was assigned to the Fifth Special Forces Group He was wounded in an early morning mortar attack on the Dak To Special Forces camp on June 17, 1967, that necessitated the amputation of both legs below his knees He lives in Dallas, Texas, and is the author of Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior, the story of his journey of healing....
|Title||:||Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963-1977|
|Publisher||:||Casemate 1St Edition edition July 24, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||576 KB|
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Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963-1977 Reviews
I found this book to be a great read and liked the approach the author took to delivering the history of the war in Vietnam. He used stories of people who actually participated a time periods during the war to give us personal perspective on events/actions/strategies that when put together give the history of the war. And at the start of each personal story he gives us the big picture"Back in Washington...." to shape the story. He also gives us the "What are they doing now...." and the impact of Vietnam on their future lives. I served two tours, including the "Provincial Reconnaissance Units" mentioned in one of the personal stories, and the book still filled in many gaps in my knowledge from other history books. Definitely recommended for those who want a very readable,personal view history of the war from the Tomkin Gulf incident to the last helicopter off the roof of the Embassy.
I was on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 but was sent overseas to Germany. My first cousin, the late Col. Nick Rowe, was captured in a battle in the Mekong Delta in October 1963 and held captive and tortured by the V.C. for five years until ultimately escaping. I was quite familiar with his story before he published his book "Five Years To Freedom" but was not so familiar with what went on in the other areas of operation. Veterans I spoke with each told their stories as if everyone's war was different. Allen Clark has done an excellent job of weaving personal accounts of individual heroic actions, some interrelated, that give the reader a sense of how the character of that war changed over time and in various locales. The task Clark set out to accomplish in this book was extremely difficult, but I think he did a very good job of it. I would recommend it to anyone who would want to gain insight into the valor demonstrated by real American soldiers, unlike the fictitious "baby killers" created by communist sympathizers in the U.S.
This is one of the better books I've read about Vietnam. Clark takes several different stories from several different people and hooks them all together so you have a moving documentary of the war from start to finish. Clark has put such a personal touch onto this work that it has a Studs Terkel feel to it. Each account can be read in 20 minutes or less and it was really interesting to get all of the different viewpoints. You will be able to see what some of the higher ups thought about the war which was nice but it gets really good when you get to read the experiences of the grunts in the field. I also appreciated the section on the nurses and medics because they often go unmentioned. The last chapter dealing with the withdrawing of the people from Vietnam was haunting. It is terrible to think of all those people wanting a ride out of their country as the NVA was coming for them. This was a very informative book and should be suggested reading to history students.
Finally a no spin documentary
Mr Clark wrote an epic book based on personal stories at a time when not everybody in America thought that fighting a dirty war in Southeast Asia was a good idea. The book is very personal and everyone contributing is a hero. Mr Clark's book should be required reading by every man or woman holding an elected position in our federal government. Also, should be required reading in America's High schools and Colleges, especially , for undocumented persons enjoying the fruits of our way of life. This book made such an impact on me that this could be the last book I read on this subject. This book details the sacrifices made and how soon we forget, as we continue to put our men and women in harm's way. Thank You Mr Clark for a great book.
Riveting! Most Vietnam books deal with just an individuals’ story. Mr. Clark’s book covers a series of individual stories from all the different military branches. The stories cover everyone from the grunts, to a POW doctor and to the evacuation of Saigon. Stories include a DOD civilian as well as a Vietnamese civilian. The book is well written and captures’ the reader’s attention. As the title states, this book truly covers the honor, courage and sacrifices of these individuals lives in Vietnam, and in a lot of cases after Vietnam.
This book is comprised of many short stories of the many that sacrificed during the Vietnam war. It not only tells of the grunts on the ground, but of pilots, airmen, special services, nurses, civilians, ARVAN and many others. It is a Great Book because you can read on story at a time, let it all sink in and then begin another. It is also a wonderful read after that long intriguing book that you have just read and just want to read a short story in between. Loved it. Wish I had more like it!