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Landing Zones brings to life the dramatic, gripping, and often painful stories of twenty-four Vietnam Veterans from the American South. The men and women interviewed here represent a remarkable range of experience, including a marine rifleman, a helicopter pilot, an army nurse, a prisoner of war, a riverboat gunner, and the commanding general William Westmoreland. Skillfully interviewed by James R. Wilson, a journalist and Army press officer in Vietnam, each narrative explores and describes the war’s events before following the veterans home and carrying them to the present.

These stories focus on a uniquely southern view of Vietnam. In terms of numbers the South shouldered more than its share of human cost—31 percent of Americans who served came from one of the eleven states of the old Confederacy, and 28 percent of the dead were southerners. Southerners also brought to Vietnam certain shared cultural tastes and a particularly southern heritage of honor in military service stemming from the Civil War. For many, as their testimony reveals, a sense of patriotism was tested and questioned by the horrors of war, and for others that patriotism was a continued source of strength.

Individually and collectively, however, these oral histories make up a picture of war that prevents us from forgetting the truth as one veteran put it: “Vietnam was not one war, but a thousand little nasty wars.”

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Twenty-four Vietnam veterans from the American South tell their most daring and dramatic combat stories. An expression of both a region's pride and an experience universal among those who fought in the jungles of Vietnam, this is a fascinating testament to the thousands who gave so much for so little.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822310419
Author:
Wilson, James R.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Wilson
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Personal narratives, american
Subject:
Veterans -- Southern States -- Interviews.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
Veterans - Southern States
Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
symposium no. 102
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x1.09 in. 1.50 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam Experience Series » Experience Series
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

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"Synopsis" by , Twenty-four Vietnam veterans from the American South tell their most daring and dramatic combat stories. An expression of both a region's pride and an experience universal among those who fought in the jungles of Vietnam, this is a fascinating testament to the thousands who gave so much for so little.
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