. The people i met and what I witnessed in between. Navy during the cold War period 1980-1984.
Olongapo Liberty#ad - 1969: nixon is president. Baggs has but five days to decide what his future will be. Across a narrow river from the base lies the town of Olongapo, "mama-sans, a raucous "liberty town" teeming with bargirls, pickpockets, thieves, shoe shine boys, " and drug pushers. Will the uss saint paul head back to the war zone with him, or without him? And will the next few days he spends in Olongapo's silken hands affect that decision?
Olongapo Liberty #ad - 7, 000 miles away, charlie baggs must make a decision: stay in the Navy, USS Saint Paul, CA-73, aboard the heavy cruiser, or get out. Hippies and flower power are in. Demonstrations against the Vietnam War rock America. As baggs struggles to make a decision, the "Fighting Saint" pulls into Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines.
Baggs and other sailors in "oe division" aboard ship swarm into Olongapo to blow off steam in perhaps the single most infamous place ever created by the collision of sailors, bargirls, beer, and money.
Bataan UncensoredDirk Publications #ad - This was the beginning of the infamous Bataan Death March. They were subject to cruel beatings and torture, were not provided with adequate food or water, and were forced to witness summary executions along the dreadful march that went on for over sixty miles. But the book becomes especially vivid when miller goes on to describe how he and his men gasped for strength on the Death March, how they elbowed death away in the confines of the hell ships, and how their sense of defeat fought with their American pride through the starvation and abuse of Jap prison camps.
Miller refused to allow the lives his fallen comrades to be forgotten. So, even though he risked his own life, he kept notes of what happened. Those who survived with deep physical and psychological trauma. Yet, colonel E. Miller had served in the mexican border Campaign and the First World War prior to becoming a commanding officer of the 194th Tank Battalion.
Bataan Uncensored #ad - In japan, zentsuji, he was held at Tanagawa, and Rokuroshi POW Camps. After three months in a last-ditch defense of Bataan over sixty thousand American and Filipino soldiers were captured. What happened next would scar survivors for the rest of their lives. On 9th april 1942, the prisoners were rounded up and forced to begin marching.
Humiliated by defeat, hid the notes in jap prison camps, he obtained affidavits from men who were there, smuggled his history-in-the-making past Jap sentries, remembered and recovered them when victory came.
In The Navy#ad - Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the U. S. It is also the coming-of-age story of a rather naïve and awkward young man. Navy, but also to learn a little more about the United States, mostly because he was broke, where he had lived for several years as a young child, but which he barely remembered.
In The Navy #ad - This book is a chronicle of the four years he spent as a sailor in boot camp, on an island in the Bahamas, and aboard a Navy frigate. In many ways, it is a picture of an America as viewed by an “outsider, ” and his story is told as honestly as possible. Tim barnes was born in tokyo, japan to an American serviceman father and a Japanese mother, and has lived most of his life in Japan.
America's First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War, 1987-88Casemate #ad - Meanwhile, us navy seals arrived in the Gulf, setting up shop aboard two mobile platforms. A fine job of recounting a 20-year-old fight that was no doubt just another round in a continuing struggle. Us naval institute proceedingsin may 1987 the us frigate Stark, calmly sailing the waters of the Persian Gulf, was suddenly blown apart by an Exocet missile fired from an Iraqi jet fighter.
The sixth largest ship in the world, the tanker Bridgeton, hit an Iranian mine and flooded. A fifth of the ship’s crew was killed and many others horribly burned or wounded. The us navy fought its largest surface battle since World War II against the Ayatollah’s assault boats. This event jumpstarted one of the most mysterious conflicts in American history: “The Tanker War, ” waged against Iran for control of the Persian Gulf.
America's First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War, 1987-88 #ad - This quasi-war took place at the climax of the mammoth Iran-Iraq War during the Reagan administration. Losing on the battlefield, ayatollah khomeini’s Iran had decided to close the Persian Gulf against shipping from Iraq’s oil-rich backers, the emirate of Kuwait. As saddam hussein, looked on, actions which, who had instigated the conflict, if made known at the time, Iranian gunners fired shore-based Silkworm missiles against US forces, would have required the US Congress to declare war against Iran.
In july 1988, nervous sailors aboard the cruiser USS Vincennes shot an Iranian airliner out of the sky, killing 300 civilians. This event came one month before the end of the war, and may have been the final straw that influenced the Ayatollah to finally drink from his “poisoned chalice.
The Misadventures of Russell Quigley: Photographer's Mate, United States Navy: "One of the funniest books you will ever read"David Griffiths #ad - Russell developed a sharp tongue and achieved a black belt in verbal karate. Warrant officer butz put it this way: "Quigley, condescending, you are the most arrogant, self-righteous bastard I ever met. You would not expect russell to have any friends, but he was the champion of the underdog and the leader of the ne'er-do-wells.
He had his first captain's masts before leaving boot camp, he had two more at Airman Prep School, and then on to photo school where he prayed that the Navy didn't have a limit. Russell had a captain's mast at Treasure Island, a stop-over on his way to Barbers Point, Hawaii, his first duty station. It took six months to clear it up; meanwhile, he was treated like dirt.
The Misadventures of Russell Quigley: Photographer's Mate, United States Navy: "One of the funniest books you will ever read" #ad - And, if he has to follow the rules, you have to too. After an epic battle with a school bully, Russell became a bit of a paradox. What is surprising is that after a few years as a civilian, he came back for more. He was rewarded with a lightning fast slap on the side of his head. He was still afraid, but he would stand up to anyone.
Surprise!it is not surprising that Russell had 12 captain's masts and a hearing for a summary court martial in his first four years. Something about his people skills. The funniest story in the bookMany readers have told me that "Fat Pat" is the funniest story in the book.
Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third MateGradina Books #ad - Eventually he made his way out to sea as both an able-bodied seaman and as a third mate. The U. S. This book covers it all, the stories of the industry and what it took to make it on them, and while the ships he sailed on were all scrapped long ago, are remembered. Maritime industry hit rock bottom starting in the early 1980's, right around the time the author was graduating from the California Maritime Academy.
Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate #ad - . This is his story. Even in his yearbook it warned about how bad things were—it was a time of cost cutting, reduced wages, desperate shipping companies and a lack of jobs. He saw first-hand what it was like out there; from the crazy captains to the weary sailors, and from the bad food to the dangerous working conditions.
Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam MemoirRichter Publishing LLC #ad - In striking eight bells, george trowbridge recounts his journey from the Midwest to a warship in the Gulf of Tonkin during the closing months of the Vietnam War. This emotional story is not only historically focused, but it also is informative about life in the military, all filtered through the personal lens of a firsthand perspective.
. Choosing to enlist in the navy at 19, versus being drafted into the military, Trowbridge left a wife and newborn son in the States as he traversed the oceans of the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war. George shares the details of the living conditions on board a naval destroyer during this era, as well as the strike attacks his ship made on enemy coastal defenses, what it was like going through training, the grind for his ship’s crew in supporting ground forces with naval gunfire, and finally coming home at the end of the war.
Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought ItHarperCollins e-books #ad - Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It #ad - The aircraft carrier uss forrestal was preparing to launch attacks into North Vietnam when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocket into an aircraft occupied by pilot John McCain. The crew struggled for days to extinguish the fires, in the end, but, the tragedy took the lives of 134 men. For thirty-five years, the terrible loss of life has been blamed on the sailors themselves, but this meticulously documented history shows that they were truly the victims and heroes.
. A huge fire ensued, 000-pound bomb on his plane exploded, and McCain barely escaped before a 1, causing a chain reaction with other bombs on surrounding planes.
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-505Laticlave Press #ad - After the war, Gallery was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. Twenty million tons under the Sea was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977. Pungent, entertaining, informative. Navy times“A humdinger of a sea story.
. Winston churchillgerman U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world. The battle of the atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.
The u-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941. Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships. But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies. Daniel gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-505 #ad - 12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat. Commanding the uss guadalcanal he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa. He was the first american officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.
Policing SaigonLWC Books #ad - It was a place that would give him a unique opportunity to see up close a different side of the Vietnam War and its effect on the human condition. Nearly 80 stories collectively convey the author’s experiences and his arc—from naive to jaded, confused, angry, anxious, and bone-weary exhausted—that is representative of so many GIs who served in the Vietnam War as well as those veterans of today’s conflicts around the globe.
Policing Saigon #ad - A true warrior and a gifted and prolific author, Loren gives the reader a deep and illuminating insight into his experience that changed his life and subsequently led him toward helping others through his writing. Col. K. F. Some didn’tchap 71: “i have to get more guns”chap 72: the power of smellpart nine: 40 years laterchap 73: recognizing and recognitionchap 74: vietnamese at homechap 75: agent orange: and the hits just keep on comin’chap 76: fire, vietnaaaaaam”chap 31: “i’m not a crook”chap 32: running code 3chap 33: firechap 34: riotchap 35: power and rank: a deadly mixchap 36: the visionchap 37: screamschap 38: meyerkord hotelchap 39: resisting arrestchap 40: letterschap 41: one gi who went home and came right backpart three: losing it chap 42: silencerchap 43: hangmanchap 44: johnny walker blackchap 45: escaped prisonerchap 46: the punchchap 47: death of the spiritchap 48: grenadepart four: prostitutes chap 49: “boom-boom number one”chap 50: clapchap 51: peterpart five: the indigenouschap 52: a fellow martial artistchap 53: a most excellent shotchap 54: “everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout me”chap 55: china girlchap 56: date nightchap 57: the old gravediggerchap 58: altered states: the buddhist templechap 59: dog sex and an alligator babypaRT SIX: STREET CHILDRENChap 60: A Tu Do paperboyChap 61: Cemetery kidsChap 62: Country kidsPART SEVEN: HOME: THE FIRST YEAR Chap 63: “We gotta get out of this place”Chap 64: Mom and dadChap 65: “You’re home now”Chap 66: Small adjustmentsChap 67: Martial artsChap 68: “Your name Christensen?”Chap 69: First-year triggersPART EIGHT: TEN YEARS AFTERChap 70: Some talked about, Afghanistan War veteranTable of ContentsIntroductionPART ONE: THE FIRST FEW DAYS Chap 1: Flying thereChap 2: Door gunners and policing for cigarette buttsChap 3: Welcome to SaigonChap 4: PythonChap 5: Culture shockChap 6: Dead men’s gearPART TWO: "ROUTINE DAYS"Chap 7: Day after dayChap 8: EOD Chap 9: SkylightChap 10: CobraChap 11: Bob HopeChap 12: Papa-san and the ammo truckChap 13: Dead mama-sanChap 14: Jail windowChap 15: “Karate number one”Chap 16: SampsonChap 17: 100-P alleyChap 18: 200-P alleyChap 19: The swimming poolChap 20: “Dance to the Music”Chap 21: DrugsChap 22: Tracer roundsChap 23: Puff the magic dragonChap 24: Almost a coupChap 25: Vietnam bluesChap 26: TensionChap 27: A shaky forkChap 28: Illusions of reliefChap 29: Korean MarinesChap 30: AFVN radio: “Goooooood morning, blood, and paint Chap 77: Army vet spends his days comforting the dyingConclusion .
Policing saigon isn’t platoon or Apocalypse Now, but rather the story of bestselling author Loren W. Dave grossman* military policeman Loren Christensen takes the reader on a gritty, moving, and intense ride-a-along in Saigon, Vietnam.