An Essay About the American Vietnam War Veteran

#1
This is a bit dated but it is making the rounds again over here and I think it worthy of republishing, especially for those ARRSERs who have expressed curiosity about the American Vietnam War veteran. I also hasten to add that it is by a Vietnam veteran who is now a politician with whom I disagree on a number of major issues but who has certainly earned the right to speak his mind:

“Heroes of the Vietnam Generation”, James Webb (Senator, D-VA), The American Enterprise, September 2000:Senator Jim Webb on the Vietnam Generation – Outstanding! « Fabius Maximus



About the author
James Henry “Jim” Webb, Jr. (born 1946), is the senior United States Senator from Virginia.
A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Webb served as a Marine Corps infantry officer until 1972. He was awarded Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. During his four years with the Reagan administration, Webb served as the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, then as Secretary of the Navy.
Books:

  • Fields of Fire (1978)
  • A Sense of Honor (1981)
  • A Country Such as This (1983)
  • Something to Die For (1992)
  • The Emperor’s General (1999)
  • Lost Soldiers (2002)
  • Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America (2004)
  • A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America (2008)
He is also the father of a Marine enlisted man who is a combat veteran himself
 
#2
This is a bit dated but it is making the rounds again over here and I think it worthy of republishing, especially for those ARRSERs who have expressed curiosity about the American Vietnam War veteran. I also hasten to add that it is by a Vietnam veteran who is now a politician with whom I disagree on a number of major issues but who has certainly earned the right to speak his mind:




I'll have a look in a moment. Fields of Fire is one of my top ten war novels. Superb read.
 
#3
Well written essay about a subject which isn't addressed very often. Didn't even know Webb had become a politician so know nothing about his policies.

Read Fields of Fire until it fell apart, also read A Sense of Honor and A Country Such as This. Great books.
 
#4
A good essay. I also didn't realise Webb was a politician. A damned good author though!
Cheers JJH!
 
#5
Thanks JJH,
I didn't know about the last three novels till I read your post, I just ordered all three from amazon, thanks again!
 
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