The Boys of '67

The Boys of '67

Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

Book - 2012
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compelling... a fine blend of military and social history, sympathetic, well-written but analytically rigorous' (Professor Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine Best Books of the Year 2012) In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as individual replacements for men who had become casualties or had rotated home. Charlie Company was different as part of the only division raised, drafted and trained for service. From draft to the battlefields of South Vietnam, this is the unvarnished truth from the fear of death to the chaos of battle, told almost entirely through the recollections of the men themselves. This is their story, the story of young draftees who had done everything that their nation had asked of them and had received so little in return - lost faces of a distant war.
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Long Island City, NY : Osprey Pub., 2012.
ISBN: 9781780962023
1780962029
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 WIE
Characteristics: 376 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Boys of Sixty-seven
Boys of 1967

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abm4011
Aug 28, 2017

I have not read this book yet, but do have it on hold and look forward to delving into it. I was drafted during that same period, but was lucky enough to spend my service in Germany. I did observe many service members who rotated out of Nam and came to Germany to complete their service. Most had emotional scars which caused many problems in the ranks on a day to day basis. The war in Nam was a turning point emotionally for our entire country. I believe this book would be good for anyone to read and learn from.

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GilbertMartin
Aug 26, 2017

This book helped me gain a much better understanding of the day-to-day frustrations and terrors faced by regular "on the ground" soldiers in Vietnam. But most of all, I think it illustrates the deep and lasting emotional effects of war, and why the those who did not serve cannot achieve the fundamental bond that combat veterans share. A good and worthwhile read, especially for boomers like myself who grew up watching tragically unrealistic depictions of war in the media.

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BrendanRogers
Jan 25, 2015

In this age of a all volunteer military, significant media attention is given to special operations warfighting. This book tells the story of a group of people that were drafted together to fight in Vietnam together. It tells the stories of everyday people called to perform extraordinary sacrifice. The book additionally follows service members after the war, uncovering additional impacts of combat.

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flightops70
Jan 29, 2013

Lots of names and home towns. I'm not sure about some of the things that are mentioned like living off base during basic. That sounds off to my experience. Also the spitting protestors I didn't buy. GI's landed at Military airports and there were no protesters around carrying signs and spitting on us returning vets. Some parts smell fishy to me but that is just my opinion

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2013

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill; that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

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