CON THIEN & SSGT’S AS INFANTRY SQUAD LEADERS & THE TOP EQUIPMENT NEEDS OF USMC INFANTRY: Mike & Mac

Con Thien
1967

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.

 

FOODTALK: All Marine Radio Head Chef Talks Draft Cards, “1Y” Status and Vietnam

Kim Holmes
ALL MARINE RADIO
OFFICIAL CHEF

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 WAS A USMC RADIO OPERATOR AT KHE SANH, HE’S WATCHING “THE VIETNAM WAR” ON PBS

Mike Archer
Radio Operator
Khe Sanh Veteran
USMC, 1967-1970

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.

You can find Mike’s books here.

 

IS KEN BURNS BEING TOO KIND TO ROBERT MCNAMARA IN HIS PBS SERIES ON THE VIETNAM WAR?

Robert S. McNamara
Secretary of Defense
1961-1968

I received an email from Ohio that asked if Robert McNamara being treated with kid gloves by Ken Burns?  He was the arrogant architect of the Vietnam War — is he being given a pass.

We’ll talk about it.

 

DISCIPLINE & LEADERSHIP WHILE DEPLOYED AT SEA OR ON LAND & THE LONGEST PUBIC HAIR I’VE EVER SEEN: Mac & Phil Smith

Basic Maintenance
US Navy

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 BURNS’ DOCUMENTARY — THE VIETNAM WAR: Bob Nilsson reviews Part 3

Bob Nilsson
Capt USMC
Founder, 100 Entrepreneurs Project

Bob Nilsson was Captain of Engineers in the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam 1966-1967.  He reacts to episode #3 of Ken Burns The Vietnam War documentary.

An interesting part of the series is how it has animated the community of Vietnam veterans.  Will this be a fair account of a complex war? Or, will it be another screwing-over of the their community?

THOUGHTS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATIONS: Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch
Maj USMC (ret)
Freerangeinternational.com
President Donald J. Trump 

Tim Lynch, Major USMC (ret), joins us to talk about President Trump’s speech to the United Nation.

We’ll also talk about Ken Burns’s series “The Vietnam War” on PBS, Tim is the son and nephew of Vietnam veterans, both Marine Officers and has read the book that accompanies the series.

IRAQ UPDATE, MUQTADA AL-SADR VISITS SAUDI ARABIA & THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY UNITS IN IRAQ: Jerry Durrant

Jerry Durrant
Col, USMC (ret)

Jerry Durrant, Col USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his time as a LCpl in Vietnam in 1970 as well as his thoughts on Iraq today.

He is currently part of a private company that does military education for the Iraqi military.  He has interesting things to say about where Iraq is and what is next for the war-torn nation.

He raises concerns about Sunni’s being eliminated from the Iraqi military, the upcoming Kurdish referendum and genuine surprise at the visit Muqtada al Sadr made to Saudi Arabia recently.

Durrant is a great representative of the Marine Corps and a thoughtful guest.

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO LEADERSHIP — FROM VIETNAM TO 38 YEARS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR: Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson
Capt USMC
Vietnam Veteran
Turner Construction vet

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.