By Edward P. Metzner
"an very good paintings . . . mercifully freed from summary pontification. . . . [The collage of California] Vietnam warfare Archive, with its sections on mental war; propaganda research; political struggle; the VC's political dau tranh or fight procedure and its 3 van or motion courses, etc.perhaps a complete of 150,000 pagescontains not anything that fits [More Than a Soldier's War.]"Douglas Pike, Indochina reviews undertaking, collage of California "More Than a Soldier's warfare is a robust, affecting tale of extraordinary carrier as much as a sad finish. . . . it's a wonderful account . . . additionally, it really is really considerate, and engaging to boot."Robert W. Komer, former Assistant to President Johnson and leader consultant on Pacification to the govt of Vietnam " . . . there are . . . officials whose tales can lend a point of view to the struggle that's to be had no opposite direction. One such tale is greater than a Soldier's War."California Zephyr, Vietnam Veterans of California e-newsletter " . . . a well-written, fact-filled memoir . . . "VVA Veteran, July 1996 "Hundreds of books were written concerning the American adventure in Viet-Nam, despite the fact that, few were written concerning the advisory attempt in most cases and the pacification attempt in particular. Col. Metzner's booklet does a good activity in filling this gap."Military: the clicking of Freedom, might, 1997 ". . . a transparent and sincere description and evaluate of a cooperative application through the USA and Vietnam that was once nearly by no means mentioned within the media. . . . Colonel Metzner offers a truly frank and well-organized rationalization of this system. . . . Colonel Metzner is a proficient author and his e-book tells an enormous a part of our background, which definitely wanted telling. It provides us a cause to be happy with the paintings performed by means of the Pacification program."Purple center journal, rec'd Aug. 1997 ". . . an enormous Vietnam literature contribution. Metzner evidently highlights the issues of advising a international military and its humans, . . . the teachings he identifies are worthwhile for the united states army in any destiny advisory effort."Military assessment, May/June 1997 "Colonel Metzner's account of the workings of the pacification application on the neighborhood point within the provinces, districts and villages of Vietnam fills a major hole within the background of the conflict there, that's another way too ruled by means of the `soldier's struggle' which so much american citizens skilled. he's sincere in his frustrations, but additionally in his reputation that this system did have an enormous influence in carry peace and development to the geographical region the place such a lot Vietnamese lived. It gained the `people's warfare' opposed to the communists, simply to work out that the `soldier's warfare' to which they later became crushed a Vietnam deserted by means of its American protector."William E. Colby "I have learn your ebook greater than a Soldier's conflict. i need to congratulate you for having reworked a more often than not unglamorous provincial advisory function into an exhilarating event. and you've got performed an exceptional activity of, as you set it, `telling the tale faithfully and accurately.'. . . eventually, i'm joyful that we had advisors like your self who had a profound empathy for the plight of Vietnamese humans and who attempted tough to help."Lam Quang Thi, Lt. Gen., ARVN "An authoritative description of the conflict within the boondocks with worthwhile learn fabric and case reports for historians to employ."Indochina Chronology, April-June 1998
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I served with the people of Vietnam. As an advisor, I had the duty to be in their midstamong farmers, merchants, civil servants, and soldiersstarting in the humblest of hamlets, and finishing at the highest levels of authority. I walked the rice paddies, hamlets, villages, and remote mud-walled outposts, witnessing their sorrows, hopes, and pain, and often sharing in them. Regardless of their initial views, all but a very few advisors came to be motivated by the uncomplicated conviction that freedom was preferable to Communist oppression.
James Lord, and he in turn introduced me to a surprisingly large staff consisting of a captain, two sergeants, and a corporal serving as clerk-typist. " Lord explained that it was the most important of three recurring monthly reports. When I asked about our Vietnamese counterparts, our duties and relationships with them, and the field trips we were required to accompany them on, Lord, a Georgia farm boy, just smiled, shrugged, and drawled that what the staff was doing now was about as far as our involvement went.
Lien and I were traveling together about every two weeks, and the trips kept me motivated and in touch with the realities of the war. Not only did they get me away from the stifling and frustrating paperwork in the office, but every place we visited had a unique and striking beauty. Lien's official purpose was to inspect the fifty-nine-man RD cadre teams working in the villages. The teams were made up of young men and women recruited and trained to work and live with the people of the hamlets and villages in order to provide constructive, grassroots governmental presence and assistance.
More Than a Soldier's War: Pacification in Vietnam (Texas a & M University Military History Series) by Edward P. Metzner