The Republic of Vietnam—South Vietnam—its people and its armed forces have been largely erased in histories of the Vietnam War. I taste and smell things that have never even come close to me, but are burned into my senses anyway. I see my mother running barefoot in the coffee plantation her family owned when she was a child. I see my father in camouflage, crouching low, still.
More than 4, came from New York State. While the greatest numbers came from the major cities like New York and Buffalo, the small, rural Village of Holley may have felt the greatest loss.
With a population of less than 2, Holley lost eight soldiers, more than any of its neighboring communities. They are also the subject of a new book by Pittsford author Michael T. Why did you want to tell the story of the Holley Boys, and what struck you most about their sacrifice?
The casualty rate that the village of Holley suffered was considered one of the highest of any town in America during the Vietnam War.
I wanted to explore the possible reasons for this assuming there was one. What I found astonished me. You conducted more than 60 interviews for this book.
How long was the process to research and write it? The interview process took about six months. I was literally writing the book as I was interviewing. During your research, what most stood out to you as surprising or important? Consider for a moment that a close family member had died in a tragic event and some stranger contacts you 50 years later and asks you deep personal questions about your feelings about your loss.
You served two tours of Vietnam with the U. How did your own military service affect this book? In a way, we were kin. Many of your previous books deal with darker, more macabre themes. Was this a deliberate left turn? Although the subject matter of this book is different than most of my previous books, I have always operated with the desire to explore important stories that have not been previously told.
When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.The United States lost 33, soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen from all causes during the Korean War.
Over 23, were combat deaths. See the link below for more on this War. Not Just Japanese Americans: The Untold Story of U.S.
Repression During 'The Good War' Jeffrey Rogers Hummel. I. Pre-Pearl Harbor.
The sad saga of civil liberties in the United States during the Second World War begins well before Pearl Harbor. The roots of the Vietnam War started in with the beginning of the First Indochina War.
Vietnam was under French control at that time (as was Laos and Cambodia), and the Vietnamese, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, wanted independence. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is the median of estimated range from , – , 2. Exact number is unknown. Posted figure is median of Vietnam War () Total U.S.
Servicemembers (Worldwide) 8,, 7. 3,, Battle Deaths 47, Other Deaths (In Theater) 10, Forty years after the end of the war, time is running out for Vietnamese veterans to speak about the war, and to reflect on their service as well as their lives after the war.
South Vietnam paid a horrendous price in the war. More than a quarter of a million South Vietnamese soldiers were killed between and The American Empire.
By Wade Frazier.
Revised July Purpose and Disclaimer. Timeline. Introduction. The New World Before “Discovery,” and the First Contacts.