The Boys of ’67

Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam

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The Boys of ’67

Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam

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In the spring of 1966 the Vietnam War was intensifying, driven by the US military build up, under which the 9th Infantry Division was reactivated. Charlie Company was part of the 9th and representative of the melting pot of America. But, unlike the vast majority of other companies in the US Army, the men of Charlie Company were a close-knit family. They joined up together, trained together, and were deployed together. This is their story. From the joker who roller-skated into the Company First Sergeant's office wearing a dress, to the nerdy guy with two left feet who would rather be off somewhere inventing computers, and the everyman who just wanted to keep his head down and get through un-noticed and preferably unscathed. Written by leading Vietnam expert Dr Andrew Wiest, The Boys of '67 tells the unvarnished truth about the war in Vietnam, recounting the fear of death and the horrors of battle through the recollections of the young men themselves. America doesn't know their names or their story, the story of the boys of Charlie, young draftees who had done everything that their nation had asked of them and received so little in return – lost faces and silent voices of a distant war.

Table of Contents

Preface: Meeting Charlie
Introduction: The Need for Charlie
Prelude: Losing the Best We Had

Chapter 1: Who Was Charlie?
Chapter 2: Training
Chapter 3: To Vietnam and into the Rung Sat
Chapter 4: Into Battle
Chapter 5: The Day Everything Changed
Chapter 6: The Steady Drumbeat of War
Chapter 7: Charlie Transformed, Battlefield Coda, and the Freedom Bird
Chapter 8: Home From War

Glossary
The Men of Charlie Company
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Dedication
Index

Product details

Published 20 Jan 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 472
ISBN 9781472803337
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 20 b/w; 33 col
Dimensions Not specified
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Andrew Wiest

Dr Andrew Wiest is University Distinguished Profes…

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