Vietnam: Remembrances of a Native American Soldier

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iUniverse, Aug 16, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 120 pages

Vietnam: Remembrances of a Native American Soldier is about the recollections of a young Native American soldier who served eighteen months in Vietnam as a MACV advisory team radio operator in 1966-68. Camp An Phu was an isolated, former, Special Forces A Team camp near the Cambodian border. During this time, he had extensive contact with rural Vietnamese civilians and soldiers. From his unique perspective, he developed a sympathetic view of the life struggles that the Vietnamese people endured on a daily basis. This book tells of the hardships, humor, love, and death of these Vietnamese and their American advisors.

During the time period, 1966 to 68, I spent 18 months in Vietnam as a US Army radio operator at a remote advisory team camp on the Cambodian border living with and advising Vietnamese soldiers. As part of an eight-man American team, we interacted with the Vietnamese on a daily basis and had little contact with American forces.

As a Native American soldier, I looked like a tall Vietnamese soldier and was sometimes mistaken for one. Over 18 months, I became very familiar with Vietnamese soldiers and civilians and their lifestyle.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 IN THE ARMY NOW
1
Chapter 2 SAIGON CHAU DOC AN PHU
6
Chapter 3 COMBAT
38
Chapter 4 VIETNAMESE PEOPLE
72
Chapter 5 EXTENSION AND EUROPE
93
Chapter 6 HOMEWARD BOUND
104
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Ron is a Native American, born and raised in Arizona. He recently retired from a federal job working as a health administrator with the Indian Health Service and he now enjoys part time consulting, writing and world wide travel with his wife as well as watching grandchildren grow and blossom.

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