Since 1954 the United States had maintained a nominal force of 685 military advisors in Vietnam.
Vietnam is a graveyard of lost hopes, destroyed vanity, glib promises and good intentions - The lead sentence filed by Time Magazine correspondent Charles Mohr for an August 9, 1963, cover story. The sentence was not published.
There are three books among the many I have read about Vietnam. The first, "Once Upon A Distant War" by William Prochnau is what I consider the bible. The second one is: "On Point". A Rifleman's year in the boonies: Vietnam 1967-1968 by Roger Hayes. His personal account of fighting with the 25th Division. It is one of my hopes to be embeded with them in Afghanistan. And lastly, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brian. His account with Alpha Company.
Accounts of the politics and what these two soldiers saw, all artfully written and let you experience war as they saw it.
But who were these men before and who were they going to be afterwards?