Friday, September 21, 2012

TRAINED AT FORT RILEY

A Barnes and Noble Overview:

In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the U.S. military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military buildup. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California, city-slickers from Cleveland, and share croppers from the South opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. The newly-shorn men in their ill-fitting uniforms got off the busses together at Fort Riley, Kansas, to be trained together under the tutelage of officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) who would lead them into battle in Vietnam. Charlie Company was part of the 9th and was representative of the greater whole.

(Not all were recruits, some were volunteers.)

The author of The Boys of '67, Andrew Wiest, is a professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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