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The only war we had : a platoon leader's journal of Vietnam
Lanning, Michael Lee.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Ivy Books, 1987.
Physical Description:
3 unnumbered pages, 293 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm
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During his tour in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Lee Lanning walked the booby-trapped rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, searching for elusive Viet Cong, and later macheted his way through the triple-canopy jungle, fighting North Vietnamese Army regulars. He served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and company commander. He sweated, thirsted, hunted, killed. And in all those experiences, he shared the terror, boredom, rage, and excitement of countless other American soldiers. Lee Lanning's story is based an the journal he kept of his time in Nam -- an pages often mud-splattered and occasionally bloodstained. In his wards: "It was popular among many who taught to say that Vietnam 'wasn't much of a war, but it was the only war we had.' I can only add that it was enough of a war for me."

Author Notes

Michael Lee Lanning, retired from a career in the U.S. Army

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2007 Editionp. vii
Author's Note to the Original Editionp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Pre-Journalp. 4
Journalp. 8
Post-Journalp. 292