6. The Grunt’s War

Helicopter Insertion of US Soldiers

Helicopter Insertion of US Soldiers

Two and a half million Americans served in Vietnam. For those who saw battle, or for those living a comfortable life in the rear, the realities of combat in Vietnam was distant from American’s experiences of WWII and Korea. Hostile terrain and an unseen enemy seemed far from anticipated heroic combat of John Wayne movies.

Required Readings

  • Maurer, Harry. Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975, an Oral History. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 1989. “Grunts and REMFs” (pp 158 – 248 ) and “The Good Life” (pp 466 – 500)

Book Reviews

  • Appy, Christian G. Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.
  • Graham, Herman. The Brothers’ Vietnam War: Black Power, Manhood, and the Military Experience. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
  • Whalon, Pete. The Saigon Zoo: Vietnam’s Other War: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll. Infinity Publishing, 2004.
  • Moore, Harold G., and Joseph L. Galloway. We were Soldiers Once…And Young: Ia Drang–The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam. Random House, 1992.

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