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ANNALS OF VIETNAM

Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would publish dispatches even from a Republican like me.

Veteran's Day 2023

The First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 -- Armistice Day. It later morphed into Veterans Day and finally into a three-day weekend, with the result that 11/11/11 no longer applies. This year Veteran's Day is "observed" on Friday, the tenth of November.

So why not Thursday, November 9? That's when the Lakewood History Museum salutes Veterans Day with a showing of Go Tell the Spartans, the Burt Lancaster film based on my novel about the Vietnam War. (Lakewood is 20 minutes south of Tacoma WA, and the museum is at 6114 Motor Ave SW, next to the Colonial Theater and across from the Best Western motel.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Call

Lakewood Nov 9 poster

Blue skies! — Daniel Ford

Incident at Muc Wa

For students:

'I need to know everything about Vietnam by Thursday!'
The Vietnam reading list (John Tegtmeier)

From life to fiction to film:

The Only War We've Got (a reporter's journal, 1964)
Incident at Muc Wa (the novel, 1967)
Burt Lancaster takes charge (filming, 1978)
Go Tell the Spartans (the movie, 1978)
The critics look at Go Tell the Spartans
A Vietnam slide show

Early days in South Vietnam:

'They just fall apart in mid-air' (Vietnam dispatch, 1964)
How was the American soldier trained? (Fort Dix 1956)
Was America losing in Vietnam under JFK?
A Special Forces team under threat of attack
The Tonkin Gulf incidents, summer 1964
Philippe Drouin--aka Cowboy--interpreter and warlord
'Aggression from the North' (State Department White Paper)
Did Japanese soldiers fight for the Vietminh?
How the AR-15 became the M-16 (DARPA Report)

Remembering the quagmire:

Spad Two goes missing in Laos
'The Collapse of the Armed Forces' (Col Robert Heinl)
Remembering the Phoenix Program (Larrry O'Daniel)
The Media and Vietnam (Erin McLaughlin)
The myth of the girl in the photo (Ronald Timberlake)
Joseph Ellis: the Vietnam vet wannabe
'My Heart's Content' (Pat Conroy)
To what extent is the US experience in Iraq comparable to their experience in Vietnam? (long essay, spring 2008)

Books and stuff

Ten best books about the Vietnam War (broadly defined
Nam-a-Rama: a wonderfully funny novel
Stolen Valor: Vietnam, lies, and the media (Burkett)
Clark Welch and the battle of Ông Thanh
The Village (Bing West)
The Vietnam War on video
When Thunder Rolled: F-105 over Vietnam (Rasimus)
Green Berets in the Vanguard, 1953-1963 (Archer)
Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam (Ford)
Incident at Muc Wa (Ford)
War Story (Morris)

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