Recalling the 60s and a Place Called Vietnam

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“That Time, That Place, That War is a unique and informative read for anyone who has an interest in that mad war in Vietnam. It’s refreshing to know that someone cares enough all these years later to put such an extensive work together.”—Dr. Byron Holley, author of Vietnam 1968-9: A Battalion Surgeon’s Journal.

Any of you touched by the Vietnam War can pick up this book, That Time, That Place, That War to become a newbie, a newcomer to this puzzling war. Author Margaret Brown offers you the opportunity to learn what newbies learned, and to unlearn some of the myths about the war. Soldiers in the infantry called themselves grunts from the sound they made picking up their rucksacks that could easily weigh 50 pounds. The grunts in the turbulent 60s confronted drugs, racism, class, and the status quo, those same issues that continue to make our lives messy today.

Even though the Vietnam War has been over for the United States about forty years, it has left its mark. “Were you in Vietnam?” really asks “Were you in the war?” Vietnam remains a war. After the Korean Conflict, however, Korea became just another little country far away. Why is that?

You may find an answer after you read That Time, That Place, That War. No longer a newbie, you catch your Freedom Bird (your plane) back to the World (home, but more than that). You leave with the grunt language that has protected them: violent and aggressive words to reflect their circumstances; sarcasm, black humor, nonchalance, and irony to distance themselves from a bad situation. Grunts relied on mantras to get them through the worst, such as “It don’t mean nothin’” when it really does, or “That’s the ‘Nam” when they saw the absurd, or “There it is” when the expected or unexpected happened. Talking was healthier. Silence was induced by fatigue, alcohol, or drugs.

That Time, That Place, That War presents the grunts’ glossary. Brown has turned most of their words into small stories with comments and reflections from grunts who wrote about their war, Vietnam vets, reporters who covered the war, propaganda disseminated by the U.S. and North Vietnamese alike, poetry by grunts and vets, and photographs by grunts. In this book, you will find no military strategy that made sense to the grunts. Just kill gooks and don’t ask why. That’s the ‘Nam.

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About the Author

Margaret Brown, while teaching at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, created and taught a number of honors courses from AIDS in the 80s to the Vietnam War in the 90s. The last two years of teaching, she invited members of the Vietnam Vets of America, Chapter 138 to meet weekly with her students. That Time, That Place, That War grew from what she and her students learned from the Vietnam veterans, their wives, and their adult children. She also served six years as editor of The National Honors Report. She presented many sessions on active learning at national, regional, and state honors conferences. She is an honorary lifetime member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and a member of Military Writers Society of America.

Brown now lives with her husband, Earl and their 18-pound cat, Rosie, in St. Augustine, Florida. Their daughter, Emily, also lives in St. Augustine. The Browns visited the Wall with her veterans; the vets took them to Rolling Thunder, the annual Memorial Day event drawing as many as 400,000 vets and 300,000 American flags on Harley-Davidsons from nearly every state.
That Time, That Place, That War * by Margaret Brown
Publication Date: October 14, 2011
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