Provides the personal experiences and memories of an Air Force enlisted man who taught English to South Vietnamese officers during the Vietnam War.
Russell Coward describes the year he spent in Vietnam during the war teaching South Vietnamese officers English. Coward eloquently recounts his experience as an Air Force enlisted man in a war-torn country and the lasting effects of the war on him personally. Vietnamese history is provided throughout the narrative in an accessible manner to help students place the personal narrative in a historical context. Original and historical photographs help readers better understand the experience.
This is the second book in a new series, Voices of Twentieth Century Conflict, directed towards high school students. The lively writing style and engaging stories help history come alive for students learning about the Vietnam War. Also included are a series foreword, timeline, glossary, and Questions for Discussion and Reflection for each chapter. Also available in this series is A Voice from the Holocaust.
Series Foreword Acknowledgments Illustrations Introduction A Ticket to Saigon History of Vietnam through WWII Dale Road, 1946-1954 The First Indochina War, 1946-1954 From Indian Landing to Penfield, 1954-1964 The Second Indochina War Begins, 1954-1964 Trinity College, 1964-1968 American Escalation, 1964-1968 A Year of Uncertainty: From Trinity to Basic, May 1968-May 1969 Lackland Air Force Base A Year in Saigon Leaving the U.S. Saigon Economics Armed Forces Language School (AFLS) Holidays 1970 My Lai Ridin' with the Cowboys Kent State Sergeant Coward Politics Orders Back in the U.S.A. Homecomings Plattsburgh Air Force Base University of Rochester Housatonic Valley Regional High School A Visit to Vietnam Lessons Appendix A: Timeline Appendix B: Troop Levels Appendix C: Casualties Appendix D: Glossary Appendix E: Sources
Endorsements This is an enthusiastic recommendation to all young adults--of any age--read Russell Coward's book. Further, I suggest that teachers of English and History or social studies use the book in their teaching. It is an inspirational read.... It is an accurate summary of key events, personnel and ideas in the involvement of the U.S. in Vietnam. Finally, it is a compelling antiwar editorial but with strongly positive attitudes about the people of Vietnam. All of it is written with clarity and enormous appeal.—William T. Lowe^LEmeritus Professor of Education^LUniversity of Rochester