In Their Own Words: Vietnam

Version: Unabridged
Author: Various Authors , Various Artists
Narrator: Various Artists
Genres: History
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Published In: January 2003
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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8 personal Accounts on 8 Compact Discs

It was a conflict as controversial as it was calamitous, with the dubious distinction of being the first ware ever fought on television. But beyond the images of battle-ravaged Vietnam lie exploits of some of the war's elite Allied mavericks, recounted here In their Own Words. With you-are-there narration by the men who were actually were, this 8-compact disc suite reveals the precise and riveting preparation for, and aftermath of, clandestine missions. Relive the exploits of the Tunnel Rats, those American soldiers, armed with nothing but a pistol and a flashlight, responsible for disarming underground booby-traps, and the Wild Weasels, an outrageous cowboy corps of pilots, initially with a 100% casualty rate whose job was to invite enemy fire. With over six hours of personal and poignant recollection by allied troops ranging from the horrifyingly overwhelmed combat medic, to the protagonist of the Bat 21 Rescue, the In Their Own Words: Vietnam collection is an audio treasury which brings to a life a time of unprecedented valor.

CD 1: Forward Observers

Brian Thacker and Barney Barnum, often alone, served as point men to the allied forces, scouting and securing vulnerable vantage points

CD 2: Forward Air Controllers

William Platt and Bill Townsley were specialists at flying low and slow, in single-engine, unarmed aircraft over enemy territory.

CD 3: The Bat 21 Rescue

On April 2nd, 1972 Gene Hambleton was shot down over enemy territory and eluded capture for six days. His exploits became the basis for the feature film, Bat 21

CD 4: Wild Weasels

Bill Sparks, Mike Gilroy, Tom Wilson, and Jerry Hoblit were among the Wild Blue Yahoo's who defied early 100% failure rates to openly engage their planes in cat-and-mouse exercises with enemy missiles.

CD 5: Studies and Observations Group (SOG)

JD Bath and Bill Deacy recruited Vietnamese operatives, and attempted to extract prisoners of war, as members of a clandestine joint-service task force

CD 6: Snipers

Chuck Mawhinney served as a tenacious Marine Corps marksman, once eliminating 16 enemy soldiers crossing a river

CD 7: Tunnel Rats

CW Bowman, Gerry Schooler, and Art Tejeda spent hours – even days – scurrying through the enemy's intricate network of underground passageways dismantling booby-traps

CD 8: Medics

Future Senator Max Cleland lost three limbs when a grenade exploded in his hand; his life was save by four beleaguered field medics

Reviews (5)

102 Minutes

Written by Anonymous from Chisago City, MN on October 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Touching, heartwarming, factual, must listen to if you feel your forgetting the devestation and losing sight on the fact that our country is made up of wonderful everyday people still who will give their lives to help others! Although it made me tear up in a couple parts I would recommend it to everyone.

In Their own words: Vietnam

Written by Anonymous from Battle Ground, WA on October 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Slow in the begininng. The style of interveiwing seemed kind of low budget but most of the soldiers stories were very interesting

In Their Own Words: Vietnam

Written by Jeff Johnson from Brownwood, TX on April 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found these personal accounts very interesting. I enjoyed them fully.

In Their Own Words

Written by Anonymous on July 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Informative CD's as to the 8 jobs described. Started slow to the point where I almost sent it back before finishing but overall was not bad.

In Their Own Words: Vietnam

Written by Anne Blocker on April 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For writers, poets, filmmakers, this is a rich source of information with authenticity even when the tales may not be accurate. For psychologists, linguists and others interested in mixed messages, the delivery of the information will be as important as the information itself. It is the best of the accounts of Max Cleland by the Senator himself.

Author Details

Author Details

Authors, Various

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