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Edward P. Metzner

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Colonel Edward P. Metzner, USA (ret.) served four tours of duty in Vietnam and “is the American most decorated by the Republic of Vietnam.”  While in Vietnam, Colonel Edward P. Metzner “served as an advisor to South Vietnamese military commanders, from district and province levels to the Vietnamese Joint General Staff.’  He is the author of More Than a Soldier's War: Pacification in Vietnam and Vietnam: The Most Reported, Least Understood War--why?   He is also the co-author of Reeducation in Postwar Vietnam: Personal Postscripts to Peace.

 

According to the book description of Reeducation in Postwar Vietnam: Personal Postscripts to Peace, “When helicopters plucked the last Americans off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1975, countless Vietnamese who had worked for the Americans remained behind. Many were arrested and sent to "reeducation" camps, where they faced forced labor, indoctrination sessions, and severe privation. For a decade before the fall of Saigon, Edward P. Metzner served as an advisor among the people of the beautiful and hotly contested Mekong Delta. After the war, he diligently sought news of the close friends and comrades he had made among the Vietnamese military officers. Many had died; others could not be found.

When Metzner eventually located a few, he believed their stories should be told. Three agreed to do so, and their accounts form the core of Reeducation in Postwar Vietnam. Huynh Van Chinh and Tran Van Phuc, who had been colonels in the Army of Vietnam, lived through the deprivation and torture of the camps and eventually found freedom in America. Le Nguyen Binh tells a different story: that of his dangerous escape from Vietnam, with some of his junior officers and enlisted men, in three overloaded fishing boats. The matter-of-fact, even stoic stories of these survivors stand as a testimony to their endurance and persistent desire to return to a life of freedom.”


Reeducation in Postwar Vietnam: Personal Postscripts to Peace (Texas a & M University Military History Series)
Huynh Van Chinh  More Info

More Than a Soldier's War: Pacification in Vietnam (Texas a & M University Military History Series)
Edward P. Metzner  More Info
Vietnam--the most reported, least understood war--why? (Air War College research report)
Edward P Metzner  More Info

According to the book description of More Than a Soldier's War: Pacification in Vietnam, “More Than a Soldier's War joins together, in one man's experiences, the beginning of the war, the ensuing agonizing course of events, and the ignominious end of one of modern history's most controversial and tormenting conflicts. It vividly describes Americans' efforts to save lives from the grinding daily carnage, shield the innocent, and provide hope for a future of peace and security, all while entangled in a relentless, grisly people's war. Individual Vietnamese emerge in dramatic relief in these pages: both greedy, imperious and selfless, patriotic army officers; intelligent, sympathetic local leaders; parents willing to risk their lives for their children's future welfare.”

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