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Bill Laurie

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Bill Laurie has degrees in Political Science and Economics, and a secondary education teaching certificate, having completed the coursework for an Education degree. He served in Viet Nam as a US Army Intelligence Officer at MACV J-2 in Saigon, with periodic assignments in the Mekong delta, and was also OIC of a unit Civic Action/MEDCAP project from 1971-1972. He returned to Viet Nam from 1973-1975 as a Defense Department intelligence analyst and liaison contact with RVN Armed Forces, with whom he often worked directly. Since then, Mr. Laurie has continued research about the war, its underlying causes and its conduct, and interviewed scores of Southeast Asian veterans, both US- and Southeast Asian-born.  Bill Laurie is a co-author of Whitewash, Blackwash: Myths of the Viet Nam War.


Admiral Jeremiah Denton said of Whitewash, Blackwash: Myths of the Viet Nam War, “This little book begins to fill in, at long last, a deadly vacuum, which is the lack of truth about the facts and significances of the Vietnam War Era. That emptiness has insulted the honor of veterans, denied them recognition for their bravery and sacrifice, and made our whole society poorer for the lack of real understanding of what took place in that time, and afterwards.

The book provides, in concise and very readable form, more than enough refutation of the major myths about the Vietnam War. Beyond that, and much more importantly, it provides strong motivation for our nation to undertake correction of the myths and appreciation of the truth. We must counter the flaws in our educational system and the media that have supported the myths.


The effort is now clearly in our critical national interest. This book is a vital, immediately useable tool, and advantage must be taken of its reasonable exposures of the myths, how they came about and were nourished and spread, so that the deadly cycle will be recognized and stamped out. In this increasingly dangerous world, this nation cannot afford to see that cycle recur. The healing that recognition of the truths in this book can bring to America will help us attain the degree of national unity which is essential to our remaining a strong and effective force for good in the world.”

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