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By Elise Forbes Tripp

The U.S. is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan—wars that appear as faraway from Americans’ figuring out as they're far away from our shores.

With American Veterans on battle, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our present wars and their predecessors domestic within the phrases of fifty five veterans elderly 20 to ninety. The veterans elevate questions on whilst wars are worthy struggling with, what missions can and can’t be gained, and the prices and advantages people intervention, either world wide and regionally. contemporary veterans inform wrenching tales of dealing with antagonistic forces with out uniforms, of now not realizing who's buddy or foe, and of the lasting strains of wrestle as soon as they’ve back home.

American Veterans on conflict presents a sweeping review of three-quarters of a century of yank wars, thoroughly grounding that historical past within the phrases of the lads and girls whose our bodies have been at the line.

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BRUCE WHITNEY TO CHARLIE WITH LOVE. UH-1C. 192nd Assault Helicopter Company. Phan Thiet, 1969. This endearing message for Victor Charlie accompanied the exploding bite from the M-5 grenade launcher attached to this gunship. ROBERT DAVIS PSYCHODELIC DEATH. UH-1C. 155th Assault Helicopter Company. Ban Me Thuot, 1968. ” AL BOLLENS THUNDER CHICKEN. UH-1C. 195th Assault Helicopter Company. Long Binh, 1969. This name was the gunship platoon’s call sign. GRANT CURTIS SLOPE SLAYER. UH-1C. 336th Assault Helicopter Company.

Cargo door artwork by Callaghan. Survived Vietnam from August 1964 to May 1970, amassing 3,086 flight hours, serving in the 2nd Signal Group from May 1966 to August 1967. BOB CALLAGHAN Another view of WEE LUCK, with crew chief Bob Callaghan. BOB CALLAGHAN THE IRON BUTTERFLY. UH-1H, 69-15122. 114th Assault Helicopter Company. Vinh Long, 1970. Named after the rock band. Inscribed in the 2nd Platoon insignia are the names of Frank Akana CE and Terry Franklin DG. Pictured is John Brennan. Survived Vietnam from March 1970 to July 1972, accumulating 2,389 flight hours, serving in the 114th from March 1970 to February 1972.

UH-1D. 150th Transportation Detachment. Vinh Long, 1967. Unit maintenance ship for the 175th Assault Helicopter Company. Nose art designed by Bob Koonce. BOB CHENOWETH THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. UH-1H, 66-16460. 92nd Assault Helicopter Company. Dong Ba Thin, 1968. Piloted by WO Cecchin (left) and WO Coombs (right). Named after the San Francisco–based rock band. Survived Vietnam from November 1967 to February 1970, with 1,857 flight hours, serving in the 92nd from November 1967 to June 1968. BOB HERNDON CHICAGO II.

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