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

The Story of the POW/MIA Flag

Newt Heisley, with the POW/MIA flag he designed. (Copyright Don Jones Photography) *Heisley planned to add color to the black-and-white image, but those ideas were dropped Article by Marc Leepson. You see it… Continue reading

Heroes of the Vietnam Generation

USMC Platoon Leader Vietnam By James Webb Personal pics of James Webb in Vietnam The rapidly disappearing cohort of Americans that endured the Great Depression and then fought World War II is receiving… Continue reading

Meaning of Coins Left on a Soldier’s Grave

You may have visited a cemetery before and may have seen a headstone with coins on it.  Do you know why?  This article descrives the meaning of placing a coin on the grave… Continue reading

The “Napalm” Girl

Another iconic picture from the Vietnam War. You might not know her name, but you’ve probably seen a photo of Kim Phuc – She is well-known as the terrified young girl in an iconic… Continue reading

Burial at Sea (Guest Blog)

This account is one of a kind.  A powerful one that touches your heart.  Tough duty back then – as it is now.  These are remembrances of a Casualty Notification Officer. BURIAL AT… Continue reading

The Story behind the famous “Saigon Execution” Photo

Perhaps one of the most iconic images to come out of the Vietnam War this photo depicts a uniformed South Vietnamese officer shooting a prisoner in the head. When you look into it,… Continue reading

The Real Tragedy of the Vietnam War

by Christian Appy This article was originally published on TomDispatch.com – Feb. 8, 2015…pictures added by John Podlaski Christian Appy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of three… Continue reading

Lessons of Vietnam – A Chat Between Three Veterans

I was a featured guest last night on an internet TV show hosted by the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Association.  Mr. Bill Dixon and Mr. Bob Matthews host the show, “Lessons of Vietnam” and… Continue reading

Call To A Navy Recruiter – (Repost)

Originally posted on Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel:
This will either bring a smile to your face or make you laugh out loud…please click on the link below to listen: Call to…

The Fragman

Phil Viavattine responded to my “Nicknames in Vietnam” posting and submitted this story in the comment section.  I liked it and thought it was good enough to stand on its own – so… Continue reading