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The Resource After My Lai : my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company, Gary W. Bray

After My Lai : my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company, Gary W. Bray

Label
After My Lai : my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company
Title
After My Lai
Title remainder
my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company
Statement of responsibility
Gary W. Bray
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Gary Bray landed in South Vietnam as a recently married, freshly minted second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His assignment was not enviable: leading the platoon whose former members had committed the My Lai massacure--the murder of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians--eighteen months earlier. In this compelling memoir, he shares his experiences of Vietnam in the direct wake of that terrible event." "'After My Lai' documents the horrific effects of the war on both sides of the struggle. Bray presents the Vietnamese conflict as the touchstone of a generation, telling how his feelings about being a soldier--a family tradition-- were dramatically altered by the events he participated in and witnessed. He explains how young men, angered by the deaths of comrades and with no release for their frustrations, can sometimes cross the line of legal and ethical behavior." "Bray's account differs from many Vietnamese memoirs in his vivid descriptions of platoon-level tactical operations. As he builds suspense in moment-by-moment depictions of men plunging into jungle gloom and tragedy, he demonstrates that what led to My Lai is easier to comprehend once you've walked the booby-trapped ground yourself. Bray doesn't attempt to excuse the massacre--but he does come to understand how it could have happened. An intensely personal story, gracefully rendered yet brutally honest, After My Lai reveals for general and military readers alike how the burden of warfare changes you forever."--Back cover
Summary
During the Vietnam War, author Bray was a second lieutenant in the US Army assigned to lead the platoon whose former members had committed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians. In this brutally honest and well-written memoir, he doesn't try to excuse the massacre, but seeks to show how war forces ordinary soldiers to develop the capacity to commit such atrocities. In addition to examining the feelings and frustrations of soldiers who cross the line of legal and ethical behavior, he offers detailed descriptions of platoon-level tactical operations and depictions of the horror of battle. The stories of friendships and fallen comrades culminate in an account of two soldiers who were killed by a mine while sharing their food with village children. B&w photos from the author's collection offer a perspective on daily life in the war. Bray, now a retired business owner, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
348262
Cataloging source
DLC
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Bray, Gary W
Dewey number
  • 959.704/342092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS559.5
LC item number
.B738 2010
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bray, Gary W
  • Bray, Gary W
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Soldiers
  • Leutnant
  • My Lai
  • USA
  • Military campaigns
  • Soldiers
  • Oklahoma
  • Vietnam, Northern
Target audience
adult
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my year commanding first platoon, Charlie company
Label
After My Lai : my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company, Gary W. Bray
Link
http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&doc_number=018993053&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma -- The only choice that made sense -- Assigned to Vietnam -- Charlie Company's taste of war -- The My Lai massacre -- Taking command -- The Gaza strip -- Ambush along the river -- Jungle duty and the 515 valley -- The easy job -- A series of lines -- The most defining event -- Leaving Vietnam
Control code
ocn300720825
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 166 pages
Isbn
9780806140452
Lccn
2009002589
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)300720825
Label
After My Lai : my year commanding first platoon, Charlie Company, Gary W. Bray
Link
http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&doc_number=018993053&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma -- The only choice that made sense -- Assigned to Vietnam -- Charlie Company's taste of war -- The My Lai massacre -- Taking command -- The Gaza strip -- Ambush along the river -- Jungle duty and the 515 valley -- The easy job -- A series of lines -- The most defining event -- Leaving Vietnam
Control code
ocn300720825
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 166 pages
Isbn
9780806140452
Lccn
2009002589
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)300720825

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