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Bout manhood sacrifice and the darkest recesses of fear and loneliness Includes numerous photos maps and provides a detailed history of the battle for Khe San. the Vietnam war obviously is the setting for this book but it is of a diary of how an average American boy experiences all the nasty elements of war and comes home a changed man What he comes home to is a sad testimony as these boys were just playing their roles and hoping to survive and this book strongly gets that point across

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A Patch of Ground Khe Sanh Remembered

A poignant often humorous recollection of the siege of Khe Sanh a pivotal turning point in the American war in Vietnam Under constant bombardment from the ene. When I was younger my Dad told me stories here and there about his experiences in Vietnam but it took time and maturity to realize exactly what he and others like him went through in Vietnam Fortunately veterans are talking about their experiences so that future generations can know their story Mr Archer s book is one of many that are being written to make sure that the generations to come will not forget the sacrifices and difficulties faced by this generation of soldiers Mr Archer s account is good and he saw Vietnam during one its hottest points 67 68 There is a lot of history here but importantly there is a very engaging story about young soldier from California who reached a new level of maturity through the experiences he had in Vietnam The story is told in an honest refreshing way that helps to paint a window into a strange and difficult time in American historyI love his opening section and thought that there were valuable insights into the culture of the United States during the 60 s I loved how he defines the generation differences between the WWII generation and their sons who often fought in Vietnam His father was himself a veteran of World War II who fought with honor and expected his sons to follow in his footsteps His father seemed like he was a hard man who pushed his sons and particularly this one into the Vietnam Conflict This was not the same kind of war that his father encountered and as Mr Archer brings out there was a lack of team spirit among the soldiers of Vietnam it was something a personal war His story is not uniue and I thought it gave a clear image of the greatest generation and the expectations they had for their sons The war defined the Vietnam soldiers but in a different way than World War II defined their fathers Much like my father Mr Archer went into the military craving the discipline and respect so many young Americans were looking forHis accounts of the time in Khe Sanh are detailed He introduces the reader to the characters that he served with and you can sense the desperation and frustration that he felt with the place and the war itself The determination of the NVA the ineptness of the ARVN the deceptive nature of the VC the US policies set in motion and the terrain itself are just a few things that made Vietnam a struggle to achieve victory In the book there are humorous spots and moments of desperation that allows the reader to pick up on the loneliness and isolation that the marines in Khe Sanh experienced While the military operations were interesting to me it was the personal stories about the daily struggle and the friends that were lost that served as most intriguing These guys lived everyday just attempting to survive grind of war and just wanting a chance to get back home in one piece or for that matter alive Mr Archer does a good job painting a picture of how he grew up in this period and his transition into manhood was a big underlying theme of the book One complaint I had was the fact that I hoped to be able to use this book with High School students but the language in the book would be considered by the school to be inappropriate Now he does not curse a lot but it is enough to make it difficult to use with High School students I have not found much about Vietnam that I can use with 9 12 gradersWhat he says about coming home was something that paralleled the experiences of my father People in America were often angry over the war and took that frustration out on the boys that were returning from active duty While Mr Archer and my Dad both had a somewhat negative opinion about the war they do not seem to appreciate uninformed rants about Vietnam and how negative it was In other words people didn t understand what was really going on in Vietnam and painted the communists there as freedom fighters when they were nothing than glorified thugs Even if America had no business being there it does not change the fact that the NVA was a oppressive and cruel regime Our boys were often painted as baby killers who carried out the evil designs of an imperialist America while the real bad guy was lauded as a hero of his people Archer s final assessment is that Vietnam was a private war that each soldier went through alone and I think that it perhaps the most interesting perspectives I have ever heard anyone say about the Vietnam ConflictI would recommend this book for any of the following reasons If you are looking to study Vietnam in detail then this will be a primary source to use If you are looking to read an engaging military story or become acuainted with America in the 60 s then this book will be a great source Lastly if I were a Vietnam veteran I think I would find that reading about the experiences of other soldiers would be therapeutic in a way Whatever your reason is for picking up a copy of this work I think it is well worth the read and it helped me to understand the experiences that my Dad and guys like him had while fighting in this war

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My Mike Archer and his cadre of fellow nineteen year old Marines Orr Pig Old Woman and Savage just to name a few managed to survive and in the process learn a. I was interested in this because my dad was stationed near Khe Sanh at about this time I clearly did not read the blub about the book before I bought it I was wanting of a history book or military study This was a memoir It is going to sound way disparaging than I mean it to when I say that it reads a bit as self published It s not bad at all It s a little navel gazey But it is important to get these histories down while the participants are alive so this is a good thing in that regard


10 thoughts on “A Patch of Ground Khe Sanh Remembered

  1. says:

    Michael Archer's book is a memoir personal and direct but filtered through the context of his experiences It confirms most of the details and informative passages of Robert Pisor's book and in some cases repeats anecdotal stories that are part of Marine lore and unofficial history But Archer delivers a story that is pure and unfiltered emotional funny sad and sardonic His ability to walk through trenches of d

  2. says:

    When I was younger my Dad told me stories here and there about his experiences in Vietnam but it took time and maturity to realize exactly what he and others like him went through in Vietnam Fortunately veterans are talking

  3. says:

    This is perhaps the best military history documentary book I have ever read It's the best book on the Vietnam War I have ever read If you lived that era as I did and want to know the war from the perspective of one Marine and are not too caught

  4. says:

    This is a firsthand account of a siege of Marines at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam WarThe author talks a little about his life before he joined the Marines when he was a regular teen uncertain of his future and uncertain of what he wanted from life Then we go through basic training and shipment to Vietnam with him Finally we get to the siege of Khe Sanh where the young soldiers lived underground for weeks as they fought

  5. says:

    I was interested in this because my dad was stationed near Khe Sanh at about this time I clearly did not read the blub about the book before I bought it I was wanting of a history book or military study This was a memoir It is going to sound way disparaging than I mean it to when I say that it reads a bit as self published It's not bad at all It's a little navel gazey But it is important to get these histories down while the parti

  6. says:

    This book is probably like 35 stars It was pretty good but not fantastic It's the story of Michael Archer's experiences su

  7. says:

    This is a well written very personal memoir of being at Khe Sanh during the siege of 1968 It is a great complement to academic histories of the war The you know about the battle the easier it is to follow Archer's narrative The beauty of the book rests in his personal first hand remembrances his honesty and his lack of agenda He is sharing his story with us nothing This is what makes it so valuable

  8. says:

    the Vietnam war obviously is the setting for this book but it is of a diary of how an average American boy experiences all the nasty elements

  9. says:

    A private reminiscence of Khe SanhEasy read on early part of Vietnam where the Americans tried the same strategy as the French As a signaler at Khe Sanh gives a good account of the artillery tactics used to defend base from attack Also provide

  10. says:

    Archer does a fine job bringing his suad mates to life and putting us there with them during the interminable seige A wonderful glance at daily life amidst bombings and attacks for the group of soldiers who held Khe Sanh against a far greater numbers wise enemy