What this Website is About

Initially, I created this wesite to introduce my book – “Cherries” – which was published in April, 2010.  However, since then, it has become a collection of articles, pages, and videos relating to… Continue reading

Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel is available from these great websites:

Cherries – A Vietnam War novel as seen through the eyes of an eighteen year old “virgin” Infantry Soldier. He is afraid, naive and innocent upon his arrival, and must learn the ropes quickly to survive. After coming under enemy fire and witnessing death firsthand, his mind-numbing journey will begin; his knowledge, experience and confidence will grow, he is still afraid of dying, and months later completes the transition to battle-hardened veteran.

Sample First Six Chapters (written & audiobook)

The first six chapters of Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel (revised edition) are posted on “Scribd” as a free sample for all to read. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, please… Continue reading

Helicopter Nose Art during the Vietnam War

Wikipedia describes Nose art as a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of a military aircraft, usually chalked up on the front fuselage, and is a form of aircraft graffiti. While begun for practical reasons of… Continue reading

Who was “Colonel Maggie”?

Martha Raye. known as “The Big Mouth” was considered the female equivalent to Bob Hope, Martha Raye was an American icon. It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort and more danger… Continue reading

Benton Harbor: Lest We Forget presents Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

Let me preface this article by saying that this a family event with static displays, special speakers, food and entertainment.  The reenactments are performed by skilled groups who want to tell the Vietnam… Continue reading


For more than 60 years Green Berets have been at the forefront of America’s most dangerous humanitarian missions around the world. They crept along the rigid rocks at the base of a mountain… Continue reading

Who visits this Website?

Please note that the right side of this page lists all the articles, videos and pictures published on this blog since its’ creation in 2010…just click a title to view.  If you’d rather… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of an Infantry Point Man in Vietnam

By Sp4 Chuck Colgan / John Podlaski A husky, blonde haired soldier rises from his air mattress, quickly shedding his nightly cocoon, a damp, green camouflaged poncho liner, from around his body.  He… Continue reading

When Vietnam Veterans Felt the Love

So much has transpired during the 60’s and 70’s, a new generation was born and being a Vietnam Veteran was extremely unpopular during that time.  Thousands of stories have been told of their treatment… Continue reading

Music During the Vietnam War

The Vietnam conflict has been called “America’s first rock-and-roll war” because of the predominance of rock music that permeated the American experience there. As draft quotas were raised and deferment and exemption loopholes… Continue reading

Treatment of Vietnam Veterans After the War

I first came in contact with Lisa Pett after she posted a comment to one of my blog articles about vets coming home after Vietnam.  She said she was writing a school paper… Continue reading

Vietnam: The loss of American innocence?

By Terry Leonard, Stars and Stripes As fellow troopers aid wounded comrades, the first sergeant of A Company, 101st Airborne Division, guides a medevac helicopter through the jungle foliage to pick up casualties… Continue reading