LEADING IN VIETNAM: Karl Marlantes

1stLt Karl Marlantes
USMC
Karl Marlantes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Marlantes is a former 1stLt in the Marine Corps, an infantry officer in Vietnam, a recipient of the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart; he joined us to discuss leadership in Vietnam.  Was leadership different in Vietnam?  Were drugs, rape and racism part of his experience in Vietnam?

We also discuss how military organizations dehumanize warfighters, how leaders must “bring them back” from that dehumanized condition on a regular basis so our warfighters do not lose their humanity and commit acts that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives — which is an awful existence… just ask the soldiers who have lived with the scars and baggage of My Lai.