Cannon Fodder:
Growing Up for Vietnam

by Phill Coleman, Copyright (c) 1980, 1987, The Vietnam War Library



 "Dear Phil:

 ...Your comments are well thoughtout and I generally agree with them.
 It seems to me that you have written a worthy book and I wish it success.

 Sincerely,
 W. C. Westmoreland" (General, United States Army, Ret.)

Cannon Fodder describes the experiences of US Army service during the Vietnam War from Induction - during the beginning growth of the anti-war movement in 1968 - to Discharge in 1971 - shortly before U.S. ground forces ceased active combat operations. The principle theme of Cannon Fodder are the series of friendly fire casualties on the night of 17-18 February 1970 [*], including the devasting friendly fire attack on a classified signal unit in Bien Hoa. This work was completed in 1980 and accepted by Paragon House Publisher in 1987. You are invited to take a trip back into time and experience, or re-experience, The Vietnam War.

[*] One incident this day was captured in the CBS film "Friendly Fire" (Carrol Burnett, Ned Beatty)


Books that Phill Coleman highly recommends to all veterans and all present and future soldiers:

  • A Soldier's Story, by General Omar N. Bradley
  • Crusade in Europe, by General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • A Soldier Reports, by General William C. Westmoreland

Please also visit the Vietnam War Friendly Fire Notebook

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