This book is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination, and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still survive in Vietnam today as well as the actions of those who hope to liberate these hidden but vital historical presences from their uprooted social existence. Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, he introduces gripping stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts. Although these actions are fantastical, this book shows how examining their stories can illuminate critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam and the modern world more generally.
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Raised in rural northeastern Maryland, Jim Stewart spends his childhood playing baseball, catching frogs in the woods, and learning to play guitar. A personal tragedy strikes the day he graduates from high school. Jim finds the need to leave home and joins the army in February of 1966. After a grueling stint in basic training, Jim is shipped off to Vietnam as a military policeman. He endures mortar shelling, takes part in Operation Cedar Falls, and makes lifelong friends along the way. While stationed at Saigon, he even meets a girl, falls in love, and has a child. After his tour of duty ends, Jim returns to Vietnam determined to be with Mai. When he starts working at the Army Post Exchange in Saigon, Mai gives birth to their daughter. Jim insists they move to America, but Mai refuses. Jim then makes a decision that will haunt him the rest of his life. Rich with detail and brimming with emotion, Jim shares his extraordinary journey through a tumultuous time, revealing his internal struggles as he copes with "The Ghosts of Vietnam."
Drafted in October 1968, John A. Nesser left behind his wife and young son to fight in the controversial Vietnam War. Like many in his generation, he was deeply at odds with himself over the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, instilled with a strong sense of duty to his country but uncertain about its mission and his role in it. Nesser was deployed to the Ashau Valley, site of some of the war’s heaviest fighting, and served eight months as an infantry rifleman before transferring to become a door gunner for a Chinook helicopter. In this stirring memoir, he recalls in detail the exhausting missions in the mountainous jungle, the terror of walking into an ambush, the dull-edged anxiety that filled quiet days, and the steady fear of being shot out of the sky. The accounts are richly illustrated with Nesser’s own photographs of the military firebases and aircraft, the landscapes, and the people he encountered.
April 1970 - Phouc Long Province South Vietnam. Two years into his term, President Richard Nixon is in a desperate situation. In an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to end the War in Vietnam with honor, he finds himself at a crossroads. At the Paris Peace Talks, the North Vietnamese seem willing to wait him out until the 1972 elections. Together with his most trusted advisors, he embarks on a risky adventure to forever cripple the NVA troops hiding in the sanctuary of Cambodia. Squarely in the center is a small band of highly trained Special Ops troops who go by the nickname of 'Ghost Teams'; six teams that illegally cross into neutral Cambodia and cause havoc with the NVA troops embedded there. 'Ghost Six' is the best of these highly trained and motivated men, led by former US Army Staff Sergeant Danny Fuller. Mission: find and take out COSVN, the Central Office for Vietnam. This is their story.
50 years after the Vietnam War this soldier/father/hero is getting help with his PTSD through a modern invention. Explore seven years of recalled events from one of Vietnam's bloodiest battles at LZ Grant, horrific memories he now says are more manageable because of Social Media. Read the fascinating story today.The Living Ghosts as explained by Rick Griffith... "Social media is emerging as a mental medicine of sorts, a salve that soothes the soul; for many, it keeps the PTSD demons at bay. It's a new way of journaling, a tool the psychological community has long touted as a means of mental housekeeping. For some, it's a slick and easy way to chip away at the horrors of war so often locked up in the depths of one's brain.Think of your own family and friends who know the hideous nature of war firsthand. How often have you heard this phrase? "He can't talk about it." The old warriors know it as shell-shock. The younger ones call it PTSD. The brain is struggling to fit the multitude of hideous memories, sights, sounds, odors, pain, and suffering into some semblance of the old self. It has been 50 years since fun loving, ever smiling Del Mar beach boy Howard Fisher nearly bought the farm at LZ Grant (Vietnam). Not once in all that time did I ask him about his injuries or experiences in Viet Nam. Not once did I look AT his horribly disfigured face. One could not get past his eyes -- so brilliant, so full of life. His broad smile shone through as before albeit misshapen and without many teeth. Fisher once quipped to a film crew, "I always thought it would be sort of cool to have some sort of battle scar, just not there." Few people would be able to joke about losing their lower jaw. This speaks volumes of the man's spirit, his zest for life, his zeal to survive. Oddly, in all these years I was oblivious to his PTSD, and all that comes with it. I only learned of Fisher's psychological scars through his abundant, succinct social media postings."
The author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill-prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp. At the time, he would have done anything to escape; only upon reflection years later did he realize that the self-confidence instilled in him by his drill instructors had probably saved his life in Vietnam. A few months after boot camp, Private Ball was shipped out to Vietnam, joining F Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, near Khe Sanh. As a grunt, in the vernacular of the Corps, Ball, like the other youths of F Company, did a difficult and deadly job in such places as the A Shau Valley, Leatherneck Square, the DMZ and other obscure but critical I Corps locales. His—their—fear of death mingled with homesickness. Little did they realize that the horrors of the Vietnam War—horrors that while in-country they often claimed did not even exist—would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Lt. Paul Gallagher was a member of a new breed, the men that wore the Green Berets. When the call of duty came, he was ready to fight a war with no end, in a far away place called Viet Nam. In a world turned upside down by war and bloodshed, the chief characters fight to stay alive, fighting a war where life was cheap and honor was a thing of the past. When they become prisoners of the Viet Cong, their skills are tested to the limits in an incredible game of survival where only the chosen few would make it.
Reverberations of the Vietnam War can still be felt in American culture. The post-9/11 United States forays into the Middle East, the invasion and occupation of Iraq especially, have evoked comparisons to the nearly two decades of American presence in Viet Nam (1954-1973). That evocation has renewed interest in the Vietnam War, resulting in the re-printing of older War narratives and the publication of new ones. This volume tracks those echoes as they appear in American, Vietnamese American, and Vietnamese war literature, much of which has joined the American literary canon. Using a wide range of theoretical approaches, these essays analyze works by Michael Herr, Bao Ninh, Duong Thu Huong, Bobbie Ann Mason, le thi diem thuy, Tim O'Brien, Larry Heinemann, and newcomers Denis Johnson, Karl Marlantes, and Tatjana Solis. Including an historical timeline of the conflict and annotated guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for students and readers of contemporary American fiction
A former war reporter examines the persistent myths about the Vietnam War, including the MIA question, the divisions among veteran and non-veteran it created, and the ongoing cultural and political relationship between America and Vietnam. UP.