A Spear-Carrier in Viet Nam; Memoir of an American Civilian in Country 1967 and 1970-72

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There was another war in Vietnam, one that mostly did not make the headlines: the campaign to "win the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people. Fought not with artillery and helicopters but with food, medicine and shelter for civilians devastated by the conflict, the effort was unprecedented in U.S. history, involving both military and civilian personnel working together in widely spread areas of the countryside. Part history and part memoir, this book chronicles an overlooked aspect of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, with a focus on the war victims and refugees who were most tragically affected by the carnage. The author recounts his two years "in-country" as an aid worker and tells how the humanitarian effort was conducted and why it failed.

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Author Name : Michael E. Tolle

     Michael E. Tolle is a retired Instructor in History who lives in San Francisco. his unique experiences in Viet Nam began as a volunteer for the World Relief Commission during his summer vacation from college in 1967. After graduating college,he joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),spent one year learning to speak Vietnamese, then two years in country as a provincial refugee advisor in the Central Highlands. His work focused on receiving, caring for and resettling 10,000 Vietnamese who had been expelled from Cambodia after the 1970 coup. He was later transferred to Saigon's War Victims Directorate where he worked managing the countrywide relief effort. After returning to the U.S. he undertook graduate study in History and taught at local community colleges before retiring.

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