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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It was September 16, , and the author, Mike Kelley, was in hills southwest of Hue, with a platoon of American soldiers. He was a "short-timer," as the expression had it, with less than a month and a half left on his one-year tour. His time in country would become much less than that month and a half.
Smith, the platoon medic, and a conscientious objector, universally simply called "Doc Smitty" would step on a landmine and be blown 30 ft.
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He would die of his wounds within a few days. Mike Kelley and three others were wounded also, and by happenstance, a medevac was flying nearby, which almost certainly saved Kelley's life. Was it Firebase Brick, or Firebase Blitz? The confusion, and the subsequent belief it was one, and then the other, led to the creation of this truly encyclopedic work. In his introduction Kelley points out that the American presence during the war is being erased due to two powerful forces, one political, the other pragmatic.
The Vietnamese are getting on with their lives; their own dead are honored in all too many cemeteries, and our one-time presence requires no commemoration. Yet, as the title suggests, the reader will be the "we" that were there, and particularly for those who were in the field, Kelley's words will resonate: The vast majority of the book, almost pages, is a numerical and alphabetical listing of the place names associated with the locations utilized by Americans while in Vietnam. In addition, there are a large number of maps, and an extensive glossary of terms and acronyms used during the war.
I found numerous useful nuggets of information concerning matters I had often wondered about: Kelley does not mention it, so I suspect the answer is in the negative: I did, three times, once in each year, , '95 and '96, and part of the motivation is central to this book: Mainly because the topography of the land, since there are no markers or landmarks, as Kelley so rightly indicates. In fact, I was able to find them all, save for LZ Oasis too close to the Cambodian border for my driver's comfort and Polei Klang blocked by a river, with no bridge.
Pragmatic is Kelley's operative word for the Vietnamese. On the site of LZ North English there is now a hospital, and on LZ Uplift there is now a school, surrounded by mature trees that seemed much older than 20 years, but could not be, when I was there in The only remnant of the American presence that I could find was a small piece of a sandbag on LZ Action. And Camp Enari, base camp of the 4th Infantry Division had cows grazing on the land, but there was still the concrete base to the MP stand at the entrance.
Where We Were In Vietnam by Kelley, Michael
As other reviewers have noted, there are a few problems with the book. Most glaringly, many of the maps are unreadable since the scale is wrong for the book, and thus the place names are far too small. It could be seen from LZ English It was not on a hilltop, nor on the coast, and it was considerably north of Bong Son at least 10 km. I had numerous beers on Schueller, without a problem. But the war eventually caught up with him, and he committed suicide two years ago today, on Christmas Eve, This is his legacy, and important one, that can still be built upon, before the "we" in the title likewise disappear, taking our fading memories with us.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was expecting a complete listing of all of the firebases, LZ's and all of the other locations that made up my experiences in the war.
While many of the locations I was stationed at or passed through were listed, too many of the places that we fought for our very lives are missing. I bought this book in the Kindle format. You need to get the real book to read all of the maps and details. The Kindle version requires a magnifying glass to read the maps and many of them are not readable, even with the magnifying glass.
However, the verbal part of the book is well documented and very complete as to those names that it actually mentions. Highly recommended except prepare for disappointment if you want a truly complete listing of all of the places in Vietnam. This is a very informative book. It's pricey, but for me, it was worth it. This review only covers the download Kindle version, not the actual paper book. I'm sure that the paper version is the more useful for people doing research or old veterans wanting to trace their battles and fire fights. Want to Read saving….
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Where We Were in Vietnam: Widely considered the definitive resource on the Vietnam War, Where We Were identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam. Additionally, includes a substantial number from the French War as well. Coverage includes all of Indochina.
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