Donald R. McClarey

A Half Century Since the Tet Offensive

Fifty years ago, if the US had been in command of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese military, short of telling them to  surrender, the US could not have ordered a more disastrous course than what was ordered by

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Army Vietnam Studies

  “The internet has changed everything” is a trite saying, but in regard to historical research it is also true.  Travel and expense were often the lot of historians as they chased documents.  Now, so much is available free with

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November 14-18, 1965: Battle of the Ia Drang

The first major battle between the United States Army and the Peoples’ Army of North Vietnam, the battle of the Ia (River) Drang in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, involved approximately 2500 North Vietnamese troops, the 66th and 33rd

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Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

(Republishing this from 2014.  I can think of no man whose life better exemplifies Memorial Day than the Rock’s.)  FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios

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My Place Is With Them

      The video above depicts Father Michael Quealy saying Mass in Vietnam. The video has no sound, but without words we can see the fervor with which the priest is saying Mass.  That was all Father Quealy.  Whatever he

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The Captain Stephen J. Chaney Story

The Captain Stephen J. Chaney story reads like a Hollywood script, one starring the likes of John Wayne. However Steve Chaney was a real person who grew up in Marion, Ohio and was killed in action in September of 1969 on

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The Known Unknown

“At a moment of great crises in the history of the world, he gave of himself,” Archbishop Justin Rigali at funeral mass for Michael Blassie Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Blassie’s life came to an end at age twenty-four on May 11,

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Hey, Who Did Win the Vietnam War Anyway?

    History is full of ironies and none more so than the development of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Independent journalist Michael Totten, who specializes in covering wars and desperately poor, ill governed countries, gives us refreshing news about

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Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

 FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios Versace   For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission.  His first mission was

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Ho Chi Minh, Obama and History

That President Obama praised dead Communist dictator Ho Chi Minh will come as a surprise only to Americans who haven’t been paying attention, which, alas, is a large segment of the population.  For the benefit of those people, historian Ronald

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Lying to Join The Band of Brothers

I have never served in combat or been in a warzone for which I thank God.  However, many of my friends are veterans of combat in conflicts stretching from World War II to Iraq.  Such an experience marks them.  They tell

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