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  •  I read your series back when you (8+ / 0-)

    first published it, remember it as excellent, and will do so again now.

    Quite a bit of personal interest - I was in Cambodia in May 1970 as a 20 year old infantryman, was involved in some of the fiercest fighting, an was ultimately wounded there.

    In the 80s, I was a member of a delegation of Vietnam veterans who went to Vietnam and Cambodia, trying to move the reconciliation process along. In the 90s, I spent several years managing a clinic proving artificial limbs and wheelchairs for land mine survivors.

    I don't have a clue as to the marketability of a book on this topic.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 07:04:00 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the kind words, WW! (5+ / 0-)

      One piece that's still to be done (really a two-parter) is on what was up with veterans and active duty folk at the time. I'll check back and see if you left me your story the first time, before I ask you to dredge what I'm sure are some rough memories again.

      There's a guy in the LI chapter of VFP whose unit was pulled right out of some serious training in the mountains of the Philippines and thrown into the "incursion." He remembers how his unit's first response to the Kent State killings was: good, now the students knew what the troops were going through all the time. That changed as soon as they heard the shooting had been done by the National Guard. Everybody hated the Guard so much that they decided the students were whose side to be on...

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