They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967

They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967

David Maraniss

Language: English

Pages: 572

ISBN: 0743261046

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few gripping, passionate days of war and peace in October 1967. They Marched Into Sunlight brings that tumultuous time back to life while exploring questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues as relevant today as they were decades ago.

In a seamless narrative, Maraniss weaves together the stories of three very different worlds: the death and heroism of soldiers in Vietnam, the anger and anxiety of antiwar students back home, and the confusion and obfuscating behavior of officials in Washington. To understand what happens to the people in these interconnected stories is to understand America's anguish. Based on thousands of primary documents and 180 on-the-record interviews, the book describes the battles that evoked cultural and political conflicts that still reverberate.

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highly generous with the university…and the problem that arises is we keep finding this hard core of people who I personally feel are not entitled to the protection—well, let me state it differently, who are not entitled to my financial support in the long run—and we seem to be utterly unable to reach this cancerous sore and we keep finding them coming in greater and greater numbers in certain areas of the university. Is the only way in which we are going to be able to return to what at least I

friends and politicians in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Washington, all the way up to Vice President Truman. He recruited members of his staff to pull strings as well. First Lieutenant Alfred W. Wechsler of Connecticut, a loyal Timberwolf, wrote letters to several Democratic politicians in his home state, including one to State Senator Matthew Daley that pleaded the case in blunt terms. “The General has only one boy who is fifteen years of age and he is the apple of the old man’s eye,”

Minh Triet’s regiment: The 9th Division history, translated by Foreign Broadcast Information Service, October 1995; Vuong Thu Vu, “The Victories in Binh Long and the First Fresh Lessons,” November 29, 1967, Hanoi Domestic Service, CIA Files, NARA; ints. Nguyen Van Lam, February 5, 2002; Vo Minh Triet, January 30–31, 2002. Grady was in Lai Khe: Int. Tom Grady, March 27, 2002; Grady letter to Capt. George, October 24, 1967. Back toward the jungle: Ints. Tom Grady, March 27, 2002; Bill Erwin, May

McGovern, Susan: campaigning for her father; in Dow Chemical protest of October 1967; and the draft; father George McGovern; marriage to Jim Rowen McMeel, Frank; in evacuation hospital; letter home after battle; in operation of October 14; in operation of October 17 McMillin, Miles McNally, Jim McNamara, Robert S.: and budget problems; Dow requesting letter from; on halting bombing; Johnson expresses his pessimism about the war; as losing confidence in the war; at meeting with Johnson on

and caps, overheated privates looking for places to catch a breeze but lounging in all the wrong places. “Constantly shooing troops off equipment etc. Tedious job,” Landon wrote. “Other guards let the rule go to seed, making the job that much tougher. Hate having to be the son-of-a-bitch, but these privates stick together like glue.” Tom Colburn, another C Packet man with guard duty, was more lenient, allowing soldiers to sprawl on deck for five minutes or so before asking them to leave.

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