War Stories

A GI Reporter in Vietnam, 1970–1971


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About the Book

As a GI reporter for the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam, the author—“an enlisted man writing primarily for enlisted men”—chronicled the experiences of combat soldiers in newspaper and magazine articles. His stories gave the Army’s version of events, sprinkled with human interest and humor. They include his observations and photographs of jungle missions, life on firebases, struggles in the rear and his own survival as a harried frontline journalist.
He also wrote almost daily letters home to his parents—personal dispatches filled with frank commentary and poignant, at times disturbing, anecdotes. His stories and letters are combined here in chronological order, providing a richly detailed narrative of combat in Vietnam.

About the Author(s)

Conrad M. Leighton is a retired government employee whose primary experience as a writer/photographer was in Vietnam. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Bibliographic Details

Conrad M. Leighton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 340
Bibliographic Info: 59 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6398-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2344-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. In Country: August 15, 1970, to September 30, 1970 3
2. On Assignment: October 1, 1970, to December 31, 1970 37
3. Into the Jungle: January 1, 1971, to February 27, 1971 157
4. The Audience Shrinks: March 1, 1971, to April 30, 1971 213
5. Nearing the End: May 1, 1971, to June 30, 1971 260
6. Being Short: July 1, 1971, to August 15, 1971 298
Index 323