Team 19 in Vietnam: An Australian Soldier at War


Team 19 in Vietnam: An Australian Soldier at War


David Millie


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Australian David Millie has created a military history book from a diary and letters written during a tour of duty in South Vietnam. The narrative is about the military, political, and social consequences of nations intervening with force in the affairs of another nation. The setting is in Quang Tri Province on the border with North Vietnam on the demilitarized zone, with Khe Sanh to the west. As a major, the author was with U.S. Army Advisory Team 19, a province advisory team headquartered in the Citadel of Quang Tri. Four months was served as a district advisor and eight months as the Team 19 planning and operations officer and advisor to counterpart Captain Cuu, the province military headquarters operations officer. The narration covers the daily routines and personal and professional reflections of a field operations staff officer working with American allies in support of the Territorial Forces and the people of Quang Tri. Leadership case studies and refugee relocations are presented, as well as events affecting troop morale in units of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marines and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Nation building was a paramount objective, referred to as pacification. The Vietnamese people were being terrorized by the actions of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army. The provision of security to the people as well as allied counterinsurgency operations and outcomes are described.

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY




978-0-8131-4328-6 (pdf version)


978-0-8131-4327-9 (epub version)



diary, Vietnam, demilitarized zone, Khe Sanh, Territorial Forces, refugee relocations, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, pacification, counterinsurgency


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Foreword by General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.).