Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would publish dispatches from a Republican.
Cowboy: The Interpreter Who Became a Soldier, a Warlord, and One More Casualty of Our War in Vietnam was published a month ago and, I'm happy to say, has been well received by the Special Forces community. I was especially pleased by the good-hearted review that Jim Morris wrote for the SF Association Chapter 78 Newsletter. (It's also on Amazon.com.) And yesterday I sat for an interview with the lads at SOFREP Radio. Cowboy and I join them at about 14 minutes, 30 seconds into the broadcast.
I'm introduced as having been "embedded" with the Buon Beng Special Forces Camp in June 1964. Well, sort of! I hitchhiked around Vietnam by stepping aboard any Huey or Otter that was going in my direction, and only once did a pilot ask if I was authorized to use military transport. (I said yes, and he took my word for it.) Major Buck of the B Team in Pleiku decreed that Buon Beng was the place I ought to visit, but nobody at the camp knew I was coming. Nevertheless, they made me welcome, gave me a bunk, allowed me to tag along with them and, whenever they could, pressed a weapon into my hands. And that was how I happened to meet Cowboy. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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