This volume, Combat Veterans’ Stories of the Vietnam War, contains 11 autobiographical stories. The first begins in October 1966, and is told by a Marine infantry forward observer who was in 13 operations. The final story in this volume is told by a Marine machine gunner that was in multiple skirmishes and ambushes, in I Corps, including the battle for Hue. Other stories in Volume 2 include those told by a marine infantry officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism and leadership in fighting at villages named Dai Do and Dinh To and a US naval aviator who was shot down and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese.
Volumes 1-4 of this series contain combat experiences told by 57 Vietnam War veterans. Volume 4 also contains information about the armed forces of nations allied with the US that fought against North Vietnam. Volume 5 contains 22 reports, including the US government’s explanation for the war, a review of the war and US armed forces in it, POW treatment, MIAs, the CIA and the drug trade, war crimes, PTSD, moral injury, and history lessons not learned.