1st Platoon, Charlie Company 1/5 knew nothing of urban fighting when they went to Hue in 1968, 1stLt Nick Warr USMC led them (PART 2)

Nick Warr

Nick Warr is an exception Marine.  He fought in the Vietnam in 1968 including the Battle for Hue City.  He has been an active member of the 1/5 alumni network, his has written extensively about his experience in Vietnam and has been part of the group that has raised money to fund the “5th Marines Vietnam Memorial” that will be dedicated at Camp San Mateo (home of the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton), in the Memorial Garden there.

In Part 2 we discuss My Lai, the Burns/Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” and the work Nick has done with a group of 5th Marine Vietnam veterans to build a memorial to the Marines and Sailors who fell in Vietnam as part of the 5th Marine Regiment, which will be dedicated this Memorial Day weekend.

1st Platoon, Charlie Company 1/5 knew nothing of urban fighting when they went to Hue in 1968, 1stLt Nick Warr USMC led them (PART 1)

1stLt Nick Warr, USMC
Republic of Vietnam
1968

Nick Warr

Nick Warr is an exception Marine.  He fought in the Vietnam in 1968 including the Battle for Hue City.  He has been an active member of the 1/5 alumni network, his has written extensively about his experience in Vietnam and has been part of the group that has raised money to fund the “5th Marines Vietnam Memorial” that will be dedicated at Camp San Mateo (home of the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton), in the Memorial Garden there.

In Part 1 we discuss his career and the fight in Hue.

1st Marine Division will mark 77 years of service with the rededication of the Division Colors: Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)

Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)
President, 1st Marine Division Association

At 0900 Pacific Standard Time on Friday the 2nd of February 2018 at Camp Pendleton the storied 1st Marine Division will commemorate 77 years of service the the Nation and Corps as the Battle Colors of the Division are rededicated.  The 1st Marine Division Association will be center stage during a week of events that culminate in the rededication and a banquet on Friday.

The President of the 1st Marine Division Association, Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret) joined us to discuss his career in the Marine Corps, his time in Vietnam,  the Association and the events of this week.

Fifty years and one documentary later: talking Khe Sanh and it’s aftermath with LCpl Ken Rodgers, USMC

Betty & LCpl Ken Rodgers, USMC

It’s been fifty years since Ken Rodgers fought as part of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division at Khe Sanh; we’ll get his reflections on those fifty years.  We’ll also talk “war movies” with the LCpl turned documentary filmmaker — what he likes and doesn’t like.  Finally, we’ll discuss the lack of mental health awareness during Vietnam and get Ken’s thoughts on the use of “Bravo!  Common Men, Uncommon Valor” as a tool to promote mental health awareness for Marines.

“COMBAT CONCEPTS” video — Col Tony Zinni, USMC; MCB Quantico, 1989

Col Tony Zinni, USMC
The Basic School, 1989
Quantico VA

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THE SINGLE BEST professional military education experience I ever had happened in July of 1989 while teaching “Tactics” at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  Col Tony Zinni, USMC (who had just finished being the CO of 9th Marine Regiment on Okinawa) gave his “Combat Concepts” pitch at an event that the Marine Corps University sponsored at The Basic School.

Major John Kelly (Head of the Infantry Officers Course at the time, destined to be a General Officer and currently the Secretary of the Dept of Homeland Security) told me I should attend… so I went.  I had never heard of Col Zinni at that point in my life.  That night Col Zinni was funny, insightful and had a ton of experiences in his career — he was for me a great example of what a professional warrior/scholar ought to be.

This PME changed my life and how I approached my profession.

Khe Sanh fifty years later through the audio of two events documented by Ken & Betty Rodgers in their documentary: Bravo! Uncommon Men, Common Valor

Khe Sanh’s Ammo Dump on Day 1
Khe Sanh Snipers doing their work
Marines LOVE snakes… and Khe Sanh Marines were not too preoccupied to honor that tradition!

It’s very rare to find the intensity of the combat experience in an oral history, but Bravo! Uncommon Men, Common Valor provides exactly that… it’s what makes it a different documentary.

As we look at the Battle of Khe Sanh through a lens of fifty years, audio from two events that the Marines and Sailors of B/1/26 fought through is riveting.  I share it with you so that you can better understand them and to also provide lessons in post-combat related mental health — the memories are NEVER going away, so you need to learn to coexist with them.

Karl Marlantes talks racism in Vietnam & feedback from the Burns/Novick documentary “The Vietnam War”

Karl Marlantes
1stLt USMC, Receiving the Navy Cross
And… today…. sage writer

Karl Marlantes chronicled the issue of “race” in his Vietnam War novel Matterhorn, he joins us to talk about how race was a part of daily life in Vietnam and how the issue changed from when you were “in the rear” and when you were “in the bush.”

Karl also discusses the varied reactions he’s received on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary “The Vietnam War” which aired on PBS this past Fall.

News Headlines: Khe Sanh turns 50 — dune buggies in combat — China’s comedy routine in the South China Sea

Khe Sanh Airfield & Combat Base
1968

Fifty years ago the words “Khe Sanh” appeared in print around the globe, for the Marine who fought there it seems like yesterday —- Special Ops means cool toys, but IED’s take a lot of fun out of using dune buggy-like vechiles —- China’s comedy of aggression in the South China Sea continues, except it’s NOT a comedy.

We’ll talk about it.