Wartime Experiences

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Films and books about Vietnam and other wars tend to be filled with language that make them impossible to give to our children. The books in this collection tell about what it was like to fight in Korea, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War from the veterans themselves and without unacceptable language. These are important accounts from those who were there.

The Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam is a reprint of the booklet that was given in 1966 to all U.S. personnel going to Vietnam.

Films and books about Vietnam and other wars tend to be filled with language that make them impossible to give to our children. The books in this collection tell about what it was like to fight in Korea, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War from the veterans themselves and without unacceptable language. These are important accounts from those who were there.

The Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam is a reprint of the booklet that was given in 1966 to all U.S. personnel going to Vietnam.

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Ghost Tracks

Author: Finn, John Michael

Subjects: History; Vietnam War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-736-9

Order code: 7369

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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In 1968 Mike Finn was a graduate student in physics who was drafted and sent with the Fourth Infantry Division to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This book is a collection of flashbacks, which he has put in historical context and on which he has reflected for thirty years. It offers vivid insight into what it was like to be there—the confusion and pain, the comradeship and fear, the beauty of the country, the characters of those he met, and the sheer evil that is war. It is also a testimony to the men who knew that the cause for which they fought was lost, who were largely abandoned to their fate, and yet most of whom comported themselves, in Finn’s words, “…with grace, dignity, valor, and distinction."

Finn was first sent as a rifleman. He was later assigned to the Public Information Office and had the opportunity to travel to different units and view the operation on a wider front. After the American withdrawal, he experienced with other veterans the public reaction: “So this is how it is to be...first we are sent to die for other people’s mistakes, and then, when we return, we become the scapegoats for other people’s guilt." It is a stunning, thoughtful, and humane account.

The late Mike Finn was a professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 1968 Mike Finn was a graduate student in physics who was drafted and sent with the Fourth Infantry Division to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This book is a collection of flashbacks, which he has put in historical context and on which he has reflected for thirty years. It offers vivid insight into what it was like to be there—the confusion and pain, the comradeship and fear, the beauty of the country, the characters of those he met, and the sheer evil that is war. It is also a testimony to the men who knew that the cause for which they fought was lost, who were largely abandoned to their fate, and yet most of whom comported themselves, in Finn’s words, “…with grace, dignity, valor, and distinction."

Finn was first sent as a rifleman. He was later assigned to the Public Information Office and had the opportunity to travel to different units and view the operation on a wider front. After the American withdrawal, he experienced with other veterans the public reaction: “So this is how it is to be...first we are sent to die for other people’s mistakes, and then, when we return, we become the scapegoats for other people’s guilt." It is a stunning, thoughtful, and humane account.

The late Mike Finn was a professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam

Author: Department of Defense

Subjects: History; Vietnam War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3741

Price: $15.00

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This is an exact reprint of the 1966 handbook given to all United States forces going to Vietnam.

This is a revealing document of what the Pentagon knew and what the military understood as the United States sent tens of thousands of its young men to fight in Vietnam. It contains discussions of Vietnamese strategy, diagrams of traps and tunnels, pictures of equipment, and lengthy discussions of what our forces should do in each situation to protect themselves.

This is an exact reprint of the 1966 handbook given to all United States forces going to Vietnam.

This is a revealing document of what the Pentagon knew and what the military understood as the United States sent tens of thousands of its young men to fight in Vietnam. It contains discussions of Vietnamese strategy, diagrams of traps and tunnels, pictures of equipment, and lengthy discussions of what our forces should do in each situation to protect themselves.

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What Was It Like in Vietnam?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Vietnam War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 0491

Price: $19.99
Website price: $14.99

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Honest Answers from Those Who Were There

Voted Best Book on Vietnam Veterans by the American Veteran Service

Recommended by Stars and Stripes Magazine

The war in Vietnam is ancient history to high school students who were born years after the United States withdrew. This book presents the accounts of people who fought there to give teens some insight into the experience.

Honest Answers from Those Who Were There

Voted Best Book on Vietnam Veterans by the American Veteran Service

Recommended by Stars and Stripes Magazine

The war in Vietnam is ancient history to high school students who were born years after the United States withdrew. This book presents the accounts of people who fought there to give students some insight into the experience.

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What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Personal Experience; Korean War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2753

Price: $14.99

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When the American prisoners came home after the Korean War, there were numerous rumors about how our men did not do so well, how they collaborated with the enemy, how they dishonored themselves, how they did not have the discipline of the Turkish prisoners, how no American soldiers ever before had cracked the way our men did in Korea. The Pentagon made the men sign Circular 131, which prohibited them from speaking or writing about their experiences as prisoners in Korea. So the rumors persisted; the truth never came to light.

Now, here laid out in chronological arrangement, is the full story as told by the survivors of the horror our men experienced as prisoners of war in Korea: the thousands murdered after capture, the deliberate torture, the privations, lies, propaganda, indoctrination, protests, harassment, escape attempts, liberation, and homecoming, as well as a listing of the prisoners, the roll of those still missing, and a list of those known to have died in captivity.

It is a riveting book!

When the American prisoners came home after the Korean War, there were numerous rumors about how our men did not do so well, how they collaborated with the enemy, how they dishonored themselves, how they did not have the discipline of the Turkish prisoners, how no American soldiers ever before had cracked the way our men did in Korea. The Pentagon made the men sign Circular 131, which prohibited them from speaking or writing about their experiences as prisoners in Korea. So the rumors persisted; the truth never came to light.

Now, here laid out in chronological arrangement, is the full story as told by the survivors of the horror our men experienced as prisoners of war in Korea: the thousands murdered after capture, the deliberate torture, the privations, lies, propaganda, indoctrination, protests, harassment, escape attempts, liberation, and homecoming, as well as a listing of the prisoners, the roll of those still missing, and a list of those known to have died in captivity.

It is a riveting book!

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What Was It Like in the Korean War?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Personal Experience; Korean War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3989

Price: $19.99
Website price: $14.99

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A companion book to What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea, this volume focuses on the experiences of our soldiers who were not taken prisoner.

A companion book to What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea, this volume focuses on the experiences of our soldiers who were not taken prisoner.

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What Was It Like in Desert Storm?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Gulf War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3164

Price: $14.99

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This book is an examination of the first Gulf War, with a chronology and an examination of several of the issues involved, together with the personal stories of many of the men and women who served in Desert Storm.

This book is an examination of the first Gulf War, with a chronology and an examination of several of the issues involved, together with the personal stories of many of the men and women who served in Desert Storm.

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