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 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

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

GREEN BERETS: THE QUIET PROFESSIONALS


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