It was known to local missionaries as “the Hill of Angels,” but to the occupying Marines, Con Thien was a little piece of hell. Just two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone, it was a barren, bulldozed plateau of red dirt 525 feet high and ringed with barbed wire, studded with artillery revetments and crisscrossed … Continue reading A Little Piece of Hell
Exclusive: At a key juncture of the Vietnam War, the Battle of Hue shocked Americans with scenes of brutal urban warfare, offering lessons that reverberate to the present, reflects Don North in reviewing a book by Mark Bowden. By Don North *** The Battle of Hue in 1968 – the climactic clash of the Tet Offensive, … Continue reading Grim Lessons from a Faraway War
“I went in behind the lines and emerged as a kind of agent. I went in as a reporter and came out a kind of soldier. I sometimes wish I had never gone in at all.” -Paul Morton War correspondents have long entered combat zoned at great personal risk, determined to capture the conflict for … Continue reading Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent
Exclusive: During the Vietnam War, American TV executives wanted the most graphic “bang bang” for their nightly news so they pushed their camera crews into danger, a culture described in a new book reviewed by Don North. *** In February 1967, Japanese cameraman Tony Hirashiki along with a Vietnamese soundman and myself – then an … Continue reading Life and Death in Vietnam’s ‘Television War’
Exclusive: The CIA’s covert war in Laos – in the 1950-60’s – has remained a model for U.S. proxy wars through today’s “war on terror,” but the forgotten lesson was the conflict’s destructive failure, recalls war correspondent Don North. *** In the first of many mistakes of the Vietnam War, President Dwight Eisenhower said in … Continue reading A Deadly Legacy: CIA’s Covert Laos War
Ghosts of Christmas Past Vietnam <– Please click to download video Ghosts of Christmas past…. Happiness is a front row seat in the mud at Bob Hopes Cu Ci, Vietnam show with Phyllis Diller.
One of Don North’s first exciting assignments in journalism was being an embedded journalist during the Vietnam War. Recently, he traveled back to Vietnam, celebrating the end of the war with fellow journalists. He found a country which suppressed free speech, but offers hope for a brighter future. Here is his report of the gathering, … Continue reading Vietnam Revisited