Con Thien is one of the subjects of the 5th Episode of the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War.” We’ll talk about 19 year old squad leaders leading 18 year old Marines and the pounding those battalions of the Marines took in 1967-1968.
There is discussion of making SSgt’s infantry squad leaders due to the growing complexity of that job, we’ll talk about it; and the Modern Marine Expo is currently ongoing, we’ll get the Gunner’s opinion on the most pressing equipment needs of infantry Marines these days.
Kim Holmes is the ALL MARINE RADIO Head Chef and is also the son of a C-47 pilot who flew in the Normandy Operation on June 6, 1944. We discuss his thoughts about his responsibility to fight in Vietnam, to registering for the draft and what life was like for a son of a World War II veteran during Vietnam.
Mike Archer’s father and brother were both Marines. His father fought in the Pacific during World War II and his brother is a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Mike was a Marine radio operator at Khe Sanh and was there for the entire battle. As the author of three books (two on Khe Sanh) he’s also a storyteller. We wanted to get his thoughts as a Vietnam Veteran and as a storyteller on the Ken Burns documentary — The Vietnam War.
Phil Smith, Col USMC (ret) joined the program to talk about the 100 Hour Work Week while deployed that was such a large issue at yesterday’s Senate Armed Service Committee Hearing on Recent Ship Collisions at Sea. Along the way we get into a discussion about discipline, leaders who enforce discipline and the longest pubic hair I’ve ever seen.
Smitty also talks about his trepidation relative to an “anit-war” agenda in Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary, The Vietnam War.
Ken Wilson was a Marine 1stLt/Captain, Combat Engineer in Vietnam in the 1965-1966 time-frame. Ken fought the Viet Cong initially and later the NVA as they infiltrated the area around the Marine Base at Da Nang.
Was leadership different in Vietnam? Were drugs, ears, scalps, civilian casualties and rape part of the environment Ken led in? Ken Wilson says it’s always about one thing — LEADERSHIP.
Listen to a fantastic interview about Ken’s life of leading in the Marine Corps and then leading at Turner Construction where he worked for 38 years before he retired in 2002.