First edition. - Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 
Book — 1 online resource.
Intro; Front Matter; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Map of South Vietnam; VIETNAM WAR STORIES; Acknowledgments; Other Titles in the Stackpole Military History Series; Back Cover; Discover more
These are the stories Vietnam vets tell each other at reunions and over beers. Episodes of valor, hardship, humor, and everything in between from more than forty veterans of the Vietnam War Covers all branches of service and all areas of operation in Southeast Asia.
War, memory, imagination: a prologue / Donald Anderson
Visions of war, dreams of peace : a conversation / with Joan A. Furey
A Civil War memoir / Isaac N. Clements
My chickamauga / James H. Meredith
My father at war / Paul West
Hang the Enola Gay / Alfred Kern
A boy's blitz / Paul West
Notes for ban me thuot / Joseph T. Cox
A different species of time / John Wolfe
Voices / William Newmiller
A boatman's story / Robert MacGowan
Shadow soldier / Donald Clay
Wandering souls / Wayne Karlin
Quarry / Doug Heckman
Thinks to pack when you're bound for Baghdad / Jason Armagos
Canon fodder: an epilogue / Dale Ritterbusch.
Donald Anderson, a former U.S. Air Force officer, has compiled a haunting anthology of personal essays and short memoirs that span more than 100 years of warfare. Alvord White Clements - himself a veteran of the Second World War - introduces his grandfather Isaac N. Clements' Civil War memoir; the novelist Paul West writes of his father, a British veteran of World War I, as well as of his own boyhood recollections of the London Blitz. John Wolfe details the life-changing and life-threatening injuries he sustained in Vietnam and the hallucinations he experienced afterward. Second Gulf War veteran Jason Armagost traces his journey to Iraq through the history of literature and the books he brought with him to the war zone.The thirteen essays in ""When War Becomes Personal"" tell the enduring truths of battle, stripping away much of the romance, myth, and fantasy. Soldiers more than anyone know what they are capable of destroying; when they write about war, they are trying to preserve the world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)