Tag Archive: cherry soldier

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

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


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

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