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. This title tells 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.
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 Dramatis Personae Bibliography Acknowledgements Dedication Index
A new history of the Vietnam War, based on interviews with surviving veterans.