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Texas A & M University Military History #0013: A Personal War in Vietnam


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Like no other war, the Vietnam War was marked by the involvement of the mass media. The war exploded daily on the evening news and weekly in the magazines; reports of drug-dulled GIs and a place called My Lai made rich copy that seared an impression in American minds about U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. Robert Flynn was himself in Vietnam as a war correspondent, but his contemporaneous account of the two months he spent with Golf Company, Fifth Marines, reports a facet of the war that went largely unreported by the mass media.

Golf Company was composed of CUPP teams--a Marine squad and attached Navy corpsmen in the Combined Unit Pacification Program. CUPP teams were stationed in remote Vietnamese villes, tiny hamlets whose civilians the CUPP teams trained and assisted in protecting their homes from the Viet Cong. The men of Golf Company were without the backup of other U.S. forces; they had no barbed wire or bunkers and day and night had to move every few hours to avoid being pinned down. As pacification teams, they worked with villagers on a one-to-one basis, helping improve gardens and livestock, providing medical care, and putting in such facilities as community houses and water wells. It was a personal war; CUPP soldiers got to know and had to know the individuals of the villes, because an outsider or unease in the ville could mean Viet Cong were in the area.

Upon his return from Vietnam in 1971, the author wrote this account of his experiences with Golf Company, in their firefights and in their quiet moments, and his impressions of the men and their work. In the context of the early 1970s, the resulting manuscript was not the kind of copy sought by any faction in the Vietnam crisis going on at home. It has been published without the polish of hindsight, and in its original, unrevised form, it provides a clear window to the villes and booby-trapped jungles and the conversations and impressions they evoked.

Book News Annotation:

A first person reportorial account of two months spent by the author (a novelist and Vietnam war correspondent) as part of a pacification team. Written (but not published) in 1971, the account has not been revised or polished with hindsight. No scholarly paraphernalia.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

ROBERT FLYNN is the award-winning author of Wanderer Springs, North to Yesterday, and The Signs of Rescue, the Signs of Hope (see page xx). He is novelist in residence at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Product Details

Flynn, Robert
Texas A&M University Press
College Station :
Military Science
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Southeast Asia
Personal narratives, american
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American.
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Asia - Southeast Asia
Flynn, Robert
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Military - General
Biography - General
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1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
9 x 6 in 0.53 lb

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