By James P. Coan
A memoir/history of a much-beleaguered Marine outpost of the DMZ.Throughout a lot of 1967, a distant usa Marine firebase simply miles from the demilitarized quarter (DMZ) captured the eye of the world’s media. That artillery-scarred outpost used to be the linchpin of the so-called McNamara Line meant to discourage incursions into South Vietnam through the North Vietnamese military. As such, the struggling with alongside this territory used to be relatively extreme and bloody, and the physique count number rose daily.Con Thien combines James P. Coan’s own reports with details taken from records, interviews with conflict individuals, and legitimate files to build a robust tale of the everyday life and wrestle at the pink clay bulls-eye often called "The Hill of Angels." As a tank platoon chief in Alpha corporation, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine department, Coan was once stationed at Con Thien for 8 months in the course of his 1967-68 carrier in Vietnam and witnessed a lot of the carnage.Con Thien was once seriously bombarded by means of enemy artillery with impunity since it was once positioned in politically delicate territory and the U.S. executive wouldn't allow direct armed reaction from Marine tanks. Coan, like many different infantrymen, started to consider as if the govt used to be as a lot the enemy because the NVA, but he persisted to struggle for his nation with all that he had. In his riveting memoir, Coan depicts the hardships of lifestyles within the DMZ and the ineffectiveness of a lot of the U.S. army attempt in Vietnam.
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To put it mildly, Admiral Sharp was less than enthusiastic about such a plan. He saw numerous ®aws in the concept: enormous construction costs in dollars and manpower; a heav y logistical burden; an unduly large number of troops required to both secure and man such a system; and, most critically, the loss of maneuverability to friendly forces. That should have been the end of it, but McNamara would not let it die. In September of that year, the JASON Group, a university consortium (think tank) conducting contract work for the Pentagon, proposed a barrier plan similar to McNamara’s, only with air support.
He could also look forward to a de¤nite rotation date to go home after his thirteen-month tour of duty; plus, he could leave the war behind for a week at some time during his tour of duty and travel on a Pentagon-sponsored ®ight to such exotic places as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, or Hawaii. Every Marine knew that, with each passing day, week, and month, he was getting closer to a ticket home. Nguyen of the North had nothing like that to look forward to. His only ticket home was a serious wound that disabled him so he could no longer ¤ght the war.
The French demanded the eighteenth parallel as the armistice line. Russia’s Molotov, the wily old Bolshevik, arbitrated a last-minute solution on July 22, 1954. The line to divide North from South Vietnam was drawn at the seventeenth parallel, with a demilitarized zone ¤ve miles wide. Placing the demarcation line there won for the French the excellent port of Tourane (Da Nang), the ancient imperial capital of Hue, and the only direct land route between South Vietnam and Laos. Another Molotov verdict allowed for elections in two years that would permit the people of Vietnam to ¤nally determine their own fate, to live under either Ho Chi Minh and the Communists or Ngo Dinh Diem’s American-backed government.