Team 19 in Vietnam: An Australian Soldier at War

Team 19 in Vietnam: An Australian Soldier at War


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Historical accounts and memoirs of the Vietnam War often ignore the participation of nations other than Vietnam and the United States. As a result, few Americans realize that several members of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO), including Australia, allied with South Vietnam during the conflict. By the late 1960s, more than eight thousand Australians were deployed in the region or providing support to the forces there.

In Team 19 in Vietnam, David Millie offers an insightful account of his twelve-month tour with the renowned Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in Quang Tri Province — a crucial tactical site along the demilitarized zone that was North Vietnam's gateway to the south. Drawing from published and unpublished military documents, his personal diary, and the letters he wrote while deployed, Millie introduces readers to the daily routines, actions, and disappointments of a field staff officer. He discusses his interactions with province senior advisor Colonel Harley F. Mooney and Major John Shalikashvili, who would later become chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. This firsthand narrative vividly demonstrates the importance of the region and the substantial number of forces engaged there.

Few Australian accounts of the Vietnam War exist, and Millie offers a rare glimpse into the year after the Tet offensive, when Presidents Johnson and Nixon both made it clear that the U.S. would withdraw its troops. This important memoir reveals that responsibility for the catastrophe inflicted on Vietnamese civilians is shared by an international community that failed to act effectively in the face of a crisis., reviewing a previous edition or volume

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813143262
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Foreign Military Studies Series
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel David Millie, MBE (Ret.), was a senior advisor and a planning and operations officer with Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 19 in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969. He was awarded an MBE for his service in Vietnam, a Bronze Star for Service (USA), and a Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) xiii

Preface xv

1 Leaving Home for War: May 1968 1

2 The Big Picture: 1950-1968 7

3 Travel to Quang Tri and Orientation: 14-24 May 1968 15

4 Australian Army Advisors in the Province: May 1968-April 1969 29

5 Counterinsurgency in Mai Linh Sub-Sector: May-August 1968 45

6 Pacification in Mai Linh District: May-August 1968 79

7 With the Vietnamese People in Quang Tri: May 1968-April 1969 105

8 Transition from District to Province: September 1968 123

9 Sector Staff Work: The Oil and the Glue: September-December 1968 137

10 Pacification Campaigns, Strengthening the Spine: 1968 and 1969 165

11 Operation Fisher, Refugee Relocation at Gia Dang: September-December 1968 193

12 Contingency Planning for Tet 1969: January-February 1969 227

13 Sector Staff Work: The Oil and the Glue: January-April 1969 243

14 Operation Kangaroo, Cam Vu Resettlement: December 1968-April 1969 267

15 Faith at Work: May 1968-April 1969 277

16 Paris Peace Talks and Ripple Effects: May 1968-April 1969 293

17 Australian Leaders in South Vietnam: May 1968-April 1969 301

18 The Shield in a Limited War: May 1968-April 1969 317

19 Colonel Harley F. Mooney Leads the Way: August 1968-April 1969 333

20 The Omega and a New Alpha: 1970-2012 353

Epitaph 365

Acknowledgments 367

Appendix A Some of the Characters, 1968-1969 369

Appendix B Aircraft and Weapons 375

Appendix C Chronology, 1968 and 1969 377

Appendix D Abbreviations and Terms 381

Notes 385

Bibliography 395

Index 399

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