Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam

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Adams, Sam, 164-65
Advanced Individual Training (AIT), 96, 111-12, 113
Agent Orange, 129, 320
Agnew, Spiro T., 306
Airborne units, 21-22; 173d Brigade, 117; 101st Division, 117, 172
Air strikes: on South Vietnam, 151; on North Vietnam, 151, 203; on Cambo- dia and Laos, 151, 270-71; support- ing fire for infantry, 172, 183, 184- 87, 230, 278; killing of civilians, 202, 270-71, 273
Alabama: casualties from, 14-15
Alcohol use, 98, 283, 285-86
Ali, Muhammad, 20, 223, 224
Almeida, Tony, 307
Ambushes, 8, 164, 171, 189, 245
American Legion, 13, 314, 315
Anderson, Charles: The Grunts, 122; The Other War, 285-86
Antiwar movement: blacks and, 19, 20, 41, 49, 62, 223-25; and draft system, 36; working class and, 39-40, 41-43, 45, 66, 220-21, 305; soldiers and vet- erans in, 43, 94, 222, 247, 248, 298, 309, 310, 314; soldiers' opposition to, 220-23, 298-99, 301-6
Armed Forces Qualification Test, 22, 31, 32
Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), 131, 154-55, 217; casual- ties, 16, 163, 202-3; corruption and brutality, 158; troop strength, 166-67
Assassinations, 158, 204
Atkinson, Rick, 24
Attrition, 153-56
Atwood, Paul, 100
Australia: combat forces from, 16
Baker, Mark, 142
Barber, Henry, 255-58
Barker, Frank, Jr., 275-76
Barnes, Peter, 93, 104, 109; Pawns, 104
Barrett, Jim, 123, 124, 128, 250
Barsanti, O. M., 172-73
Basic training: marine, 86-87, 89, 90-92, 94, 96, 97-98, 110, 111, 114 15; degradation of recruits, 86-89, 99-102; insistence on obedience, 89-90, 92-93, 96-97; army, 90-91, 92-94, 96, 99, 112; suicide attempts during, 92; indoctrination films, 92, 93-94, 209; instillment of aggres- sion, 95-99, 102-6, 107; preparation for Vietnam, 106-7, 111-16, 209; class responses to, 107-11
Baskir, Lawrence M., and William A. Strauss, 33, 34, 109; Chance and Circumstance, 33
Battles, Gary, 137
Belloti, Victor, 302-3
Black Panthers, 223
Blacks: casualties, 19, 20, 21, 325 (n. 19); and antiwar movement, 19, 20, 41, 49, 62, 223-25; Vietnam ser- vice, 20-21, 22, 25, 33, 37, 108, 184, 191-92, 242-43; military discrimina- tion against, 21-22, 31; enlistment motives, 49, 62, 76-80
"Bloody Friday," 40
Bodner, Stan, 96
Body counts: in U.S. policy, 8, 144, 156, 173; inflation of, 8, 156, 159, 162-63; civilian dead included in, 8, 227, 270, 273, 275; officers' insistence on, 156, 189, 229, 231-32, 269, 317; pressure on soldiers for, 183, 227, 228-29, 230, 265, 337 (n. 62); air strikes and, 184, 230
Bond, Julian, 20, 223
Born on the Fourth of July. See Kovic, Ron
Boston, Mass., 11, 12, 51, 55
Boyer, Dick, 133

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction - Facing the Wall 1
  • 1 - Working-Class War 11
  • 2 - Life before the Nam 44
  • 3 - Basic Training 86
  • 4 - Ominous Beginnings 117
  • 5 - The Terms of Battle 145
  • 6 - Drawing Fire and Laying Waste 174
  • 7 - A War for Nothing 206
  • 8 - What Are We Becoming? 250
  • 9 - Am I Right or Wrong? 298
  • Notes 323
  • Bibliography 343
  • Index 355
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