Three million Americans served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. This is the amazing story of one man who came early and stayed late.
Jim Parker, the Mule in his muleorations journal, survived 5 years on the battlefield, serving initially as a 22 year old 2nd Lt platoon leader with the 1st Division that gyroed over from Fort Riley. His battalion was the first to encounter the Cu Chi tunnels and months later led the 1st Division in the successful Minh Thanh counter-ambush. Wounded and honored for bravery, Parker returned to what appeared to be an ungrateful nation.
666 stories, one liners and urban legends that will make you laugh. This 30 year collection dwells lightly on the human condition and man's ponderous struggle to prosper in a complex universe... from baffled grandmothers, to mean deer, to smart dogs and parrots, to fishermen, cowboys, wise-guy kids and airmen ... all surviving amid hundreds and hundreds of other funny yarns. Most of the stories are for telling at your local civic club, though some are best in private mature conversation. All make you feel better. There are one or two unique stories especially for you, regardless of who you are.
Bangkok Post SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 A new book delivers a long overdue account of the heroic and finally victorious stand by a band of Hmong, Lao, Thai and US forces on a lonely hilltop under a fierce months- long assault from an elite North Vietnamese force By Alan Dawson
Review by Colonel Donald F. Lunday American soldiers in the Second Indochina War wore the uniforms of many services–Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Much has been written about the experiences of uniformed troops in Vietnam. But there was another type of American soldier whose story still is cloaked in secrecy: the CIA case officers who conducted covert operations in Vietnam and Laos. Now James E. Parker, Jr., in Codename Mule: Fighting the Secret War in Laos for the CIA, relates his personal experiences and observations as a CIA case officer in the largest ever covert operation run by the United States, the secret war in Laos.
Covert Ops is the paperback edition of Codename Mule.
Following is the publisher's review
Uncommon war. Uncommon bonds.
In 1972, U.S. soldiers battle the North Vietnamese. Behind the headlines, a secret war rages in Laos. Sky, a close knit cadre of daredevil CIA agents, spearheads a daring operation. These gutsy secret agents direct a fearless force of Thai mercenaries and native Hmong tribespeople-- fighting the enemy toe-to-toe.