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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
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10585 KB
  • Print Length: 850 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press; 1 edition (March 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YV80M6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best On My Bookshelf Aug. 20 2002
Mr. Kelly has produced one of the finest referrence books ever compiled about the Vietnam War. I am amazed at his depth of research. I sat with the book and challenged it by thinking of some of the most obscure places I was at in Vietnam that I believed would be overlooked by any reasearcher. He had not only located everyone of them by the nicknames given them by our troops but also gave their proper Vietnamese title!
I have worked with Vietnam Veterans for the past nineteen years primarily in securing benefits for them from the Depatment of Veterans' Affairs. This book is a godsend to anyone assiting vetrans in the VA claims process. It is a one stop reference in the art of obtaining information (locations, unit and personal military records) necessary to support a claim for benefits. It is far more valuable then Stanton's " Vietnam Order of Battle".
This is the book that every Vietnam Vietnam veteran or human service agency that provides service to Vietnam Veterans should own. I have a very large collection, over 180 lineal feet of shelving, of fiction and non-fiction books about Vietnam and the men and women who fought there. I now consider Mike Kelley's non-ficiton work the "Best on my bookshelf'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your own personal piece of the National Archives. July 27 2002
As an Army veteran who served three tours in Vietnam and Cambodia, is a student of Southeast Asian history and one who has well over 200 non-fiction books related to Vietnam in his library, I believe that "Where We Were" is surely one of the best reference resources that I own.
For those who served in Vietnam or those with a interest in the history of the U.S. involvement there, "Where We Were" is an indispensable piece for your library. This book is a monumental compilation of firebases, landing zones, airfields and navel vessels with over 10,000 entries. Not only do most of these entries have grid coordinates but the author has taken the effort to triangulate many of their locations with other know sites such as towns, firebases, airfields, etc. This makes looking up specific sites on a map a very simple matter. No other book I own goes to this detail to make it so useful. This book is nothing short of outstanding. Its like having a piece of the National Archives right on your bookshelf.
And if that wasn't enough, there is a fairly comprehensive Internet guide and as well as a recommended reading list. These are real bonuses for those intent on doing further research. The writing of this book was, in this reader's opinion, a true labor of love. It is a must for those who were there and for the serious researcher. My hat goes off to Mr. Kelly for this painstaking piece of history.
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Vietnam had no fronts, but it sure had perimeters. Everywhere. Those perimeters defined a whole generation of soldiers. I thought most of that was lost forever. I was wrong.
If you served in Vietnam, chances are that the places where you hung your web-gear on a hook are described in Mike Kelley's amazing work. Some of what he lists includes coordinates of places that were just mud berms, sandbags and fighting positions.
It is obvious that Mike Kelley did more than years of detailed document research. He met hundreds of vets over the years, and enlisted their personal knowledge. The final product is a treasure of information. I can't imagine a Vietnam veteran not wanting a copy. This kind of reference material will be pulled off my personal library shelf every time the subject of Vietnam gets serious. No future article that references Vietnam will be written without a reality check through these pages. The glossary of "minutia" alone is worth the price.
Bill Hunt
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money...
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but inaccurate
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Robert G. Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars It Was Only 30 Years Ago!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2002 by Tom Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Effort
This compilation of facts and places is remarkable. It is also next to useless to the average reader. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by Frank Maughan
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 Get this while it is still in print
In addition to tons of raw data, there are suggestions for further research, unit web sites, a glossary, as well as information on acquiring maps and (if you're flush with cash)... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Stephen Sossaman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Vietnam Veteran's In-Country Name/Place Guide
As one of the webmasters of the Vietnam Veteran's Home Page... I get a lot of questions about names of places, place locations and relationships, map coordinates and other details... Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by John Paul Rossie
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