IN HONOR AND MEMORY -
INSTALLATIONS AND FACILITIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR by
M/Sgt Ray Bows is now available!
The book describes over 800 facilities, paying tribute to the fallen for whom they were named. Such locations were named by all branches of the US Armed Forces, as well as its allies.
Lieutenant General Leonard P. Wishart III, a two time Vietnam veteran and former commandant of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was kind enough to write the foreword, for which we will be forever grateful. We also thought it would be appropriate to ask former enlisted men to review the book for the back cover. We worked extremely hard on the front and back covers of the book which bear a total of six vivid color photographs. We wanted reviewers and words of comparable quality and sought out researchers who are known historians involved in records of the Vietnam War. We obtained some of the "best in the business" - Les Hines, Dan Gillotti, Bruce Swander and Fred Fiedler.
Les Hines, historian for the AMERICAL Division Association, not only reviewed the book, but had dug through stacks of Pacific Stars and Stripes articles that described some obscure memorializations that we had somehow missed, but were able to integrate into its pages before the book was printed. We can't thank Les enough. From the very beginning, back in 1986, he has furnished his resources selflessly.
Dan Gillotti, not only gave us a book review, but is a diligent and respected figure in his work to clarify the locations of fire bases and landing zones in Vietnam, and is the author of the "History of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment from 1918 to 1998".
Bruce Swander, a US Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, is a monumental figure in recording the lives and deeds of those that have gone before us. A mainstay and coordinator with the Coffelt Database, his knowledge of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are equaled by few. We are all indebted to Bruce for what he has shared. Enough about his good work can not be over emphasized.
Finally, I can't forget my good friend Fred Fiedler, another reviewer, who passed away 13 May 2012. Fred was a contributor to Harve Saal's four volume set of books on SOG, and helped me immeasurably with the full story of his close friend SP4 Willie Montgomery (US Army Special Forces' Club Montgomery, Saigon) which appeared back in 1997 for "Vietnam Military Lore - Legends, Shadows and Heroes"; Reviewing one of my previous books in his local Special Forces newsletter, he was the inspiration for the Thailand section of "IN HONOR AND MEMORY" through his query about Major William R. Card, for whom his Special Forces chapter at Fort Lewis was named. In 1998, Fred and I encountered each other at a book signing at the Fort Lewis Post Exchange, only to realize that we were old friends who were stationed together in South Korea back in 1979 and 1980. Fred and I had been extras in the movie "Inchon", starring David Jansen, Jacqueline Bissett, and Sir Lawrence Olivier; considered by many to be the worst movie ever made. Fred used to say that he and I costarred in the movie. It's the only time I ever heard Fred exaggerate about anything. He was a man of truth and modesty. Fred, one of the pioneers in US Army Special Forces and US Air Commandos, furnished a review for "IN HONOR AND MEMORY" in the early stages of finalization, before we hit a bump in the road and more information poured in. I regret that Fred didn't get to view the final tribute to Major Card and see the book completed. Fred was truly a friend not just to me, but to all who knew him. He is sorely missed.
Fred Fiedler and the three other former enlisted men, who work extremely hard at what they do, not only agreed to review "IN HONOR AND MEMORY," but approved of its concept and format. Their continued dedication to duty is proof that the Non-Commissioned Officers Corps is indeed the backbone of military service.