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Where We Were in Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases and Military Installations of the Vietnam War
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Where We Were in Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases and Military Installations of the Vietnam War [Kindle Edition]

Michael Kelley
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"...belongs on the bookshelf of anyone wishing to study the U.S. ground war in Vietnam." -- Keith W. Nolan - Author: Ripcord, Sappers in the Wire, Operation Buffalo and The Battle for Saigon

"If you can't find it in these pages, it can't be found." -- Joseph L. Galloway - Co-author: We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

"If you need a fact about the Vietnam War, look here first!" -- Eric Hammel - Historian and author: Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds--An Oral History and Fire in the Streets: The Battle for Hue--Tet 1968

"It's an incredible resource and will sit prominently among my research materials on the Vietnam War." -- David Hackworth - Author: Vietnam Primer, About Face and Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

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Widely considered the definitive resource on the Vietnam War, Where We Were identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam. Additionally, includes a substantial number from the French War as well. Coverage includes all of Indochina. Currently features over 12,000 entries. Also includes an extensive appendix of Vietnam War research and map guidelines/resources.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10585 KB
  • Print Length: 850 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press (March 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YV80M6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money... Sept. 11 2003
By A Customer
Two stars for effort. However, for anyone who has been in the 'Nam (3 years, in my case), this book promises a good deal, but does not deliver. Although Kelley put a lot of time into compiling some basic facts, overall it is certainly not worth the money.
The "lists" of combat bases, combat areas, villes, etc. are less than a thumbnail in length and the maps are of poor quality and difficult to read. It is nicely packaged, but beyond the cover there is just not much there. Maybe Kelley took on too much, going from 1945 to '75.
If you want to actually LEARN something about Viet Nam and why we ended up there, I recommend Stanley Karnow's "VIETNAM, A HISTORY".
Bottom line on "Where We Were...", save you money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle is born! Aug. 1 2003
For starters I am the webmaster of 25th Aviation Battalion. I am the keeper of the records for our unit and its associated history. In the 25th Infantry Division they moved Fire support Bases almost weekly so what was Buell I over there is now Buell III over here. Trying to keep track of on any date what was where was almost impossible. I have the fire support base maps, but that was on a given day during a five year period. Michael has simplified this job a good bit. Since I had the XY coordinates of all the bases from after action reports it was relatively easy to fnd them on michaels system. To write the proper review of this book would take a book to do it, so Michael keep up the fire this one here is a winner and a must for serious researchers. I to know the Labor of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but inaccurate Jan. 3 2003
I have found that Mr. Kelley indeed did put alot of work into this book but was a bit displeased when searching for some of my old firebases that there were inaccuracies in locations and also in the units that occupied those firebases. I realize that Mr. Kelley can not have access to every piece of information but the area I was in was one of the most known of the war. Also I found that the maps were really lacking. They were ... copies that were blurry and lacking detail. Personally I did not find it totally worth the expense....
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Was Only 30 Years Ago! Dec 28 2002
It was only 30 years ago, but my memories are beginning to fade. My wife gave me Michael Kelley's book for Christmas and I found answers to a dozen questions from my Vietnam tour in the first 10 minutes of flipping through the pages. The list of place names and people is exhaustive. Each place name includes a time line, cross references, alternate spellings, and topographic map coordinates. An example of the level of detail is the listing for the late comedienne Martha Raye, whom I saw at the 1971 Bob Hope Christmas Show, Long Binh, RVN. I found out from the book that she was awarded the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel and is buried in the cemetery at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need Maps? Dec 24 2002
I was a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam. When I was transferred to Thailand I was advised to destroy my maps for secutity reasons. I did and also destroyed my mission cards which coverd each air strike I controlled. After all I had my diary. Now over thirty years later as I try to write my diary in a useable form I find the notes I wrote inadequate. My memory of events doesn't match that of some of my friends. I have a large scale map but it doesn't have the firebases plotted and doesn't show the terrain as I remember it. I needed the 1:50,000 scale we used to support the ground troops. I have been looking for a set for several years but it seems all my friends destroyed theirs too. I was trying to find out how to order a set or even if they were available and had no luck until Michael Kelley's book came out. If you need a map of Vietnam for whatever reason this is the one where you can find it! Thank you M60 for your massive work. Everybody who wants to know about the Vietnam War needs this book and the maps that can be ordered from it with the coordinates to make Vietnam look like it did during the war from whatever perspective you saw it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Effort Oct. 14 2002
This compilation of facts and places is remarkable. It is also next to useless to the average reader.
I guess I expected some narrative of places I was serving during the two years I spent "In-Country". Alas, that wasn't what I got in this voluminous paperback. Without a military map series, this will not be helpful to the student of the Second Vietnamese War, say in twenty years, when all or most of us who were there, who "saw the elephant" are gone.I suspect that it WILL be most helpful for those who are engaged in assisting those former soldiers, sailors, airman & Marines who need help in identifying the exact place they served for purposes of filing Veterans Administration claims for disabilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Was I in Vietnam? You will find out in this book!
I would like to call your attention to this new book that has recently been distributed. The author Michael Kelley is a good friend and over the years we have assisted each other... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2002 by George G. Neville Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best On My Bookshelf
Mr. Kelly has produced one of the finest referrence books ever compiled about the Vietnam War. I am amazed at his depth of research. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by John Eastman
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Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Stephen Sossaman
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