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10. 1968 Tet Offensive

Lam Quang Thi University of North Texas Press ePub



On January 30, 1968, the second day of the new Year of the Monkey, at 2:00 AM., my aide awakened me and reported that the VC had simultaneously attacked the capital cities of Vinh Long, Vinh Binh, and Kien Giang. The situation was particularly critical in Vinh Long where the enemy occupied most of the city and part of the airport, which was defended by a U.S. Army aviation unit. The 1968 Tet Offensive in the Mekong Delta had begun. In the evening of January 29, General Manh, IV Corps Commander, had called to inform me that the VC had attacked a few cities in Military Region II, and that I should take necessary measures against a possible enemy attack in the Delta. Consequently, I ordered that all leaves for the traditional Tet festivities be suspended immediately and all units put in the highest alert status.

For the Vietnamese, Tet is Christmas, New Year, and Thanksgiving combined. Tet is the occasion for people to relax after one year of hard work, for the peasants to thank “Heaven and Earth” for a good harvest and to celebrate, for the members of the family to get together and to pay respect to the ancestors, and mostly for the children to put on new clothes and to receive “lucky money” in small red envelopes from their parents and friends of the family. Thus, it was customary for the government and the VC to declare unilaterally a three-day truce on this occasion so that soldiers could celebrate this important holiday with their families after one year of fighting. Normally, one-third of the soldiers in each ARVN unit would rotate to spend time with their loved ones on this important holiday.

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11. Of Irish Lords and Irish Soldiers

Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 11

Of Irish Lords and Irish Soldiers


his night, (June 20th) a Farewell Hop was given by the officers of Fort Omaha to Colonel [Edwin F.] Townsend and family. Colonel Townsend has just been promoted from the majority of the 9th to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 11th Infantry, (Station, Fort Custer, Montana.)1 The affair was a decided and pleasing success, the attendance of young people from town being quite large, notwithstanding the bad weather!

The almost continuous rains which have fallen in the Missouri Valley, during the month just ending have been of incalculable benefit to the growing crops, but have made the atmosphere so murky and damp that a great deal of sickness prevails, mostly a mild type of chills and fever.

Yet Fort Omaha never looked more beautiful. It depends upon its natural advantages alone for its attractiveness; the buildings constructed, with exceptions to be named further on, are entirely of wood, and in a condition suggesting grave apprehensions of their durability and safety. But they look cosy and comfortable which is

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Edited by Peter B. Lane and Ronald E. Marcello University of North Texas Press PDF


Hungnam evacuation, 140

Huntington, Warren, 74

Hurley, Alfred F., vi

Hussein, Saddam, 231, 241, 257

Japanese Naval Academy, Sasebo,

60, 63

Japanese Special Naval Landing

Forces (SNLF), 53

Japanese, military strength and resistance, 1945, 87

JASCO (Joint Assault,

Communications Company),

50; casualties, 63

Jenkins, Harry, 203 jet stream, 69

Jihad against U.S., 244

Johnson, Lady Bird, 173, 179

Johnson, Louis, 131

Johnson, Lyndon, 170, 172,

172n8, 173–75, 177, 188–89,

192n2; assessment of his leadership as war president,

187–89; attitudes toward military, 180–81; Gulf of

Tonkin Resolution, 193n5; management of Vietnam War,

172–73, 179-182, 183–85; orders bombing pause, 200,

200n17; public support for

Vietnam War, 175–76, 178-179; reaction to dissent, 177–78,

184–86; record in World War II,

172n8; self-pity, 174–75

Joint Chiefs of Staff, 88, 182–83; new institution, 131n3;

Chinese intervention, 139

Joint War Plans Committee, 81

Jones, David, 122

Joy, C. Turner, 134


Iassy-Kishinev Offensive, 23

ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), 113

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Chapter 7 – Close Calls

James M. Davis, and edited by David L. Snead University of North Texas Press PDF


Close Calls

LITTLE DID I KNOW that the next two weeks would be among the most difficult of my time in Europe. From August 4 through August

16, 1944, we flew seven combat and three long training missions.

All of the combat missions were more than six hours long and were

flown against heavily defended targets. The training missions were at least three hours long. That was a very tough two-week period, and it took a lot out of my crew. You were so physically exhausted and emotionally drained that you became hardened to the point of not caring what happened.

We were awakened early on August 4 and went through the usual routine of breakfast, followed by the briefing for the day’s mission. The curtain was pulled and the black line stretched over the

North Sea. We knew it would be a long mission because the line went almost to the edge of the map. We would bomb targets near

Wismar, a city in the far north of Germany between Lubeck and

Rostock. We would be over water most of the time, which meant we would not be subject to the constant fire from antiaircraft guns, but bailing out would be a problem. Compared to the other missions we had flown, this one was easy. We had the usual flak barrage over the target area, but we did not lose any planes and returned to our base intact. Some fighters were flying in the area of the North Atlantic, but they did not attack. We may have been too

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CHAPTER 14 The Canales Investigation

Paul N. Spellman University of North Texas Press PDF

C H A P T E R 14

The Canales Investigation

Up to the time the Mexican revolution started there was never a more friendly people on earth than the Mexicans on the

Mexican side of the Rio Grande and the Americans on the

American side. . .But since the revolution against Diaz there have been turbulent conditions and complications from a political standpoint.—A Brownsville resident

I think it was German intrigue that they were hoping to keep up strife between the United States and Mexico, hoping to start the war right there. I think it was the Rangers who started it up.—Virginia Yeager, San Diego

It wasn’t the Rangers altogether; it was deputy sheriffs and sheriffs and border guards and the immigration agents and the Department of Justice. I don’t think the Rangers were any worse than the lawyers.—Kleberg County Sheriff J. B.


In 1917 Frank Cushman Pierce published a book entitled A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In its closing chapter he catalogued fifty-two incidents of violence in the Valley in a forty-six week period in 1916. There were nearly the same number recorded again in 1917 and once more the following year. These incidents were far and above

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7 Charting a New Course

James H. Capshew Indiana University Press ePub


The early years of the Wells administration constituted one of the most important periods in Indiana University history. Not even David Starr Jordan had restructured both the faculty and the aims of the university so thoroughly. New standards had been set for the institution and the blueprint for achieving them was in hand. There continued to be a central emphasis on teaching, and there lingered on some of the traditional folksy provincial spirit which tended to make the campus a snug human island in Hoosier society. The addition of new research-oriented professors, the ending the great national depression, and the increasing tensions of impending worldwide conflict thrust Indiana University not only outward from the campus, but well beyond the confines of Indiana itself.

Thomas D. Clark, 1977


The self-study committee continued its work through 1939 – consulting with faculty, gathering data, and interpreting the findings. Debate and controversy accompanied the release of comprehensive final report in January 1940. The faculty-led committee did not agree on all of its recommendations, so it wasn’t surprising that its findings got a mixed public reception. It called for a basic reorganization of the university, with existing schools to be abolished and replaced with functional divisions: Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Physical Science, Biological Science, Social Science, Education, Business Administration, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Health and Physical Education, Lower Division, Extension Division, Library Division, and Division of Student Personnel. The undergraduate core was to be the Junior Division, in which students would spend their first two years. At the end of their sophomore year, they would decide on one of the various divisions to complete their baccalaureate degree. The professional divisions such as law, medicine, and dentistry would keep their own entrance requirements and would not accept students directly from the Junior Division.

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Cameron, Kim Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF


Government Accountability Office

(GAO), cleanup and closing of

Rocky Flats and, 21–22

Government contract, evolution of enabling, 136–43

Government-furnished equipment and services (GFS&I), 138–39

Governors, political resistance from, 189

Governor-to-governor discussions, political support and, 190–91

Grameen Bank movement, success of, 1

Greenberg, Jack, 95

Green chart in measuring outcomes, 150–51

Grove, Andrew, 95

Headquarters building, early destruction of, 238

Heliotropic effects, 43–44 of abundance, 30–41 emotional manifestation at, 32 unlocking, 226

Heroic leader, accounts of, 227

Hierarchical controls, replacement of, by trust, 142–43

Hierarchy or Control quadrant,

94–95, 131–58, 159–60, 224 principles related to, 232–35

High performance, causal relationship between abundance and,


Honesty in trust-building, 175–76

Human capital and social relationships, 179–85

Human relationships, nurturing, 163

Iacocca, Lee, 96

ICF Kaiser Engineers, 18

Idea champions as leadership role,

85, 227

Incentives: bonus system and, 215–

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11 Vietnamese National Military Academy

Lam Quang Thi University of North Texas Press PDF

11 vietnamese national military academy

TOWARD THE END OF MAY 1968, after a brief ceremony when I transferred the command of the 9th Infantry Division to Col. Tran Ba

Di, I bid farewell to my staff and province chiefs. Then, I boarded a helicopter for my trip back to Saigon. I asked the pilot to circle the city of Sa Dec, then follow at low altitude the Mekong River up to

Vinh Long before heading north to Saigon: I wanted to see for the last time the land where I had spent three challenging and rewarding years and where many of my men had fought and died for a lofty goal not all of them fully understood. As our helicopter climbed to a cruising altitude, I saw Vinh Long gradually disappear behind the Mekong

River, which looked like a tiny white ribbon down below. Overwhelmed with emotion and memories, I felt tears in my eyes.

Saigon still wore the scars of the Tet Offensive. Although some of the buildings that were damaged during the Viet Cong attack had been repaired, around Tan Son Nhut Airport piles of rubble and remains of buildings which had burned to the ground were still evident. Certain buildings wore the impact of machine-gun fire on the walls or had the roofs destroyed by mortar shells. Tanks positioned in strategic areas of the city gave the impression of a city under siege. Had I not known there was an enemy attack a few months earlier, the presence of these tanks in strategic areas of Saigon would have led me to believe that another coup d’etat was taking place in the Capital.

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9. The Obama Years (2009–14): Continuing Struggles

Lee H. Hamilton Indiana University Press ePub

WHEN BARACK OBAMA FIRST RAN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008, I SUPported him in the Democratic primary in Indiana—I was one of the few current or former public officials in the state to do so—and it was his strong showing that day that made the media predict he would win the nomination over Hillary Clinton. So he was appreciative of my support. I liked his pragmatic, nonideological approach to the issues, and thought there would be a change—a new direction—with his administration. He had an idealism about him that inspired people, and I thought he would be able to energize young people, minorities, and others who had been outside the process to become more civically involved, something our country has needed for years.

During his first campaign I was on a panel to advise him on foreign-policy issues. Obama had been in the Senate for just a few years, and in the Illinois state legislature before that, so his foreign-policy credentials were thin. But in the meetings I found him to be a quick learner. He asked a lot of good questions and seemed to enjoy digging into the range of issues.

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6 My Role as Inquisitor

Perkins, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Our contracts with the Indonesian government, the Asian Development Bank, and USAID required that someone on our team visit all the major population centers in the area covered by the master plan. I was designated to fulfill this condition. As Charlie put it, “You survived the Amazon; you know how to handle bugs, snakes, and bad water.”

Along with a driver and translator, I visited many beautiful places and stayed in some pretty dismal lodgings. I met with local business and political leaders and listened to their opinions about the prospects for economic growth. However, I found most of them reluctant to share information with me. They seemed intimidated by my presence. Typically, they told me that I would have to check with their bosses, with government agencies, or with corporate headquarters in Jakarta. I sometimes suspected some sort of conspiracy was directed at me.

These trips were usually short, not more than two or three days. In between, I returned to the Wisma in Bandung. The woman who managed it had a son a few years younger than me. His name was Rasmon, but to everyone except his mother he was Rasy. A student of economics at a local university, he immediately took an interest in my work. In fact, I suspected that at some point he would approach me for a job. He also began to teach me Bahasa Indonesia.

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18 Adjusting to Peacetime

J. Ted Hartman Indiana University Press ePub


Adjusting to Peacetime

As World War II came to an end, the army had to make plans for sending the American soldiers back to the United States. Because of the large number to be returned, both from Europe and the Far East, there was a relative shortage of ships to transport the troops. The army developed a point system that would determine when an individual soldier would be eligible to be sent home for discharge. Points were granted for the number of months in the army, months in combat, months as a prisoner of war, months in the Army of Occupation, and certain other things. When points were initially counted, many longtime soldiers had more than eighty points, so they were among the first groups to return. As more soldiers were shipped home, the number of points required began to drop. When points were first counted, I had forty-one. When I received my orders to go home, they had increased to fifty-two. Until we had enough points, most of us were to be a part of the Army of Occupation.

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN 1860 “There is nothing real about European society but its hollowness.”

Elizabeth Wittenmyer Lewis University of North Texas Press PDF

1860 my home and, above all, I have no one even to speak to of all I feel. Do not think I complain of my lot. No, I will be a very happy one if I am spared to return with my husband and child to my mother and home.”1

While Francis recuperated, Lucy resumed her regimen of reading, writing, and study. She arose at eight and took breakfast with her daughter. Afterwards she studied her French and practiced her voice lesson. At eleven she made coffee for her husband’s breakfast and read the French paper to him. Weeks later, when he was able to leave for the office, she went for a drive with her baby or paid and received visits until six o’clock, when they dined.2 A comparative peace settled over the household. The pleasure Francis took in their daughter and his trustful worship of Lucy compensated for his irritating paternalism. With peace at the family hearth, he likened Lucy to the mythical water sprite, “Undine,” who attained a soul after she married a mortal and bore a child. No doubt Lucy smiled to herself for it was the kind and fatherly Rev. Henry Shultz at the Moravian Seminary who first called her by that name.

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Chapter 4 “But few honest men in this town”

Bob Alexander University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 4

“But few honest men in this town”

Sheriff Tom Oglesby had sent an urgent dispatch to Captain Sieker stating that trouble was anticipated at Carrizo Springs, Dimmit

County, the province adjoining his bailiwick’s southeastern borderline.1 Apparently, Ranger Ira Aten was at Company D’s headquarters the evening of February 6, 1885: “About sundown one evening, a man rode into our camp on the Leona river below Uvalde. He was wild-eyed and his horse was well spent. He gave us a wild story about

Mexican bandits who crossed the Rio Grande, driving off cattle after killing their herdsman.”2 Immediately Captain Lam Sieker ordered

Lieutenant Jones and seven Texas Rangers to saddle, Ira Aten among them. Taking rations for ten days and well supplied with ammunition, the detachment set off at a gallop. That done, Captain Sieker, complying with orders from Austin, hopped a train that very night, rushing to San Antonio for a high-level confab with officialdom.3

The distraught Maverick County Sheriff had simply been overwhelmed. Bandits and bandidos were shamelessly jumping back and forth across the meandering Rio Bravo, with not even the slightest fear of apprehension.4 Earlier in neighboring Dimmit County, the sheriff, Joe Tumlinson, had grown tired of bureaucratic inaction. In the words of Adolphus Petree :

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Appendix 1. Von Huene Family Tree

Geoffrey Burgess Indiana University Press ePub
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Chapter 9

Mark T. Smokov University of North Texas Press PDF


Red Lodge and Capture


t is not certain whether the Belle Fourche bank robbers were in the

Hole-in-the-Wall when the famous fight occurred there between the rustlers and some invading cattlemen on July 22, 1897. The latter party consisted of twelve men, which included two Montana livestock inspectors, and was there to round up all the stolen cattle that could be found. One of the inspectors was Joe LeFors, who would later figure prominently in tracking members of the Wild Bunch.1 Bob Divine was there representing the CY, and according to Brown Waller, he had warrants in his possession for the Belle Fourche robbers.2 Waller does not cite his source for this; however, it shouldn’t be discounted since Divine stated in a January 1, 1897, letter that he wanted warrants turned over to him from Natrona County Sheriff H. L. Patton and Johnson County

Sheriff Al Sproal, in order to bring in Currie, O’Day, and other members of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang for rustling.3

During the roundup three men of the rustler clique, Al Smith, Bob

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