By Edward P. Metzner
"an first-class paintings . . . mercifully freed from summary pontification. . . . [The collage of California] Vietnam warfare Archive, with its sections on mental struggle; propaganda research; political conflict; the VC's political dau tranh or fight procedure and its 3 van or motion courses, etc.perhaps a complete of 150,000 pagescontains not anything that fits [More Than a Soldier's War.]"Douglas Pike, Indochina stories venture, college of California "More Than a Soldier's warfare is a strong, affecting tale of wonderful provider as much as a sad finish. . . . it's a fantastic account . . . in addition, it's tremendously considerate, and engaging to boot."Robert W. Komer, former Assistant to President Johnson and leader consultant on Pacification to the govt. of Vietnam " . . . there are . . . officials whose tales can lend a point of view to the conflict that's to be had no opposite direction. One such tale is greater than a Soldier's War."California Zephyr, Vietnam Veterans of California publication " . . . a well-written, fact-filled memoir . . . "VVA Veteran, July 1996 "Hundreds of books were written concerning the American adventure in Viet-Nam, in spite of the fact that, few were written concerning the advisory attempt often and the pacification attempt particularly. Col. Metzner's ebook does a superb activity in filling this gap."Military: the click of Freedom, could, 1997 ". . . a transparent and sincere description and overview of a cooperative application by means of the us and Vietnam that was once nearly by no means said within the media. . . . Colonel Metzner supplies a truly frank and well-organized clarification of this system. . . . Colonel Metzner is a proficient author and his booklet tells an enormous a part of our background, which definitely wanted telling. It offers us a cause to be pleased with the paintings performed by means of the Pacification program."Purple middle journal, rec'd Aug. 1997 ". . . a tremendous Vietnam literature contribution. Metzner it appears that evidently highlights the issues of advising a overseas military and its humans, . . . the teachings he identifies are worthwhile for the U.S. army in any destiny advisory effort."Military evaluate, May/June 1997 "Colonel Metzner's account of the workings of the pacification software on the neighborhood point within the provinces, districts and villages of Vietnam fills an enormous hole within the heritage of the conflict there, that's differently too ruled by way of the `soldier's struggle' which such a lot american citizens skilled. he's sincere in his frustrations, but in addition in his attractiveness that this system did have an immense influence in convey peace and development to the geographical region the place so much Vietnamese lived. It received the `people's conflict' opposed to the communists, purely to work out that the `soldier's struggle' to which they later became beaten a Vietnam deserted via its American protector."William E. Colby "I have learn your publication greater than a Soldier's struggle. i need to congratulate you for having reworked a as a rule unglamorous provincial advisory function into an exhilarating adventure. and you've got performed an outstanding activity of, as you place it, `telling the tale faithfully and accurately.'. . . ultimately, i'm comfortable that we had advisors like your self who had a profound empathy for the plight of Vietnamese humans and who attempted demanding to help."Lam Quang Thi, Lt. Gen., ARVN "An authoritative description of the battle within the boondocks with worthwhile learn fabric and case reports for historians to employ."Indochina Chronology, April-June 1998
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By persevering in the face of almost uncanny VC skill at beating us to the punch, and by learning from them, we eventually were able to piece together the key to begin chipping away at the enemy's brutally coerced advantage. That critical insight came about as a result of witnessing the suffering of innocent civilians. Such sad circumstances forced us to recognize early on what otherwise might not have been so obvious: we could have more profound, immediate, and lasting impact by changing people's attitudes toward the government than by lining up, counting, and photographing rotting VC corpses.
Le Minh Dao at Chuong Thien Province Da Dung Mountain Major Canh and son at Hon Soc Mountain Tieu Can District, Vinh Binh Province Col. Chung Van Bong at Vinh Binh Province Children of Hieu Le village Revolutionary Development Cadre youth program Wedding at Continental Palace Hotel Maps South Vietnam 5 Dinh Tuong Province 27 Chuong Thien Province 51 Kien Giang Province 106 Vinh Binh Province 140 Page ix Preface After retiring from the army, I often reminisced about World War II and Korea when some old movie or tune or an old friend gave reason.
6-16-66 My Tho My Dear Brother, I am very proud and emotional when I spoke with you in telephone. The first time and first advisor did this with a Vietnamese officer. I am very proud to have a brother as you. I never forget, brother! In writing this letter, I cannot help crying because I miss you very much. I hope one day I meet you either at US or Vietnam brother. Hope after some year with your family, you will come back to share with us the sadness and joy. I dream of the day we meet together.
More Than a Soldier's War: Pacification in Vietnam (Texas a & M University Military History Series) by Edward P. Metzner