Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War

Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War

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Overview

One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States’ population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men’s experiences in combat, the war’s effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans’ postwar lives. Lea Ybarra groups the interviews topically to bring out different aspects of the Chicano vets’ experiences. In addition to discussing their involvement in and views on the Vietnam War, the veterans also reflect on their place in American society, American foreign policy, and the value of war. Veterans from several states and different socioeconomic classes give the book a broad-based perspective, which Ybarra frames with sociological material on the war and its impact on Chicanos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292774100
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/06/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 938 KB

About the Author

LEA YBARRA is Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and coeditor, with Edward James Olmos and Manuel Monterrey, of Americanos: Latino Life in the United States.

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1The Vietnam War and the Mexican American Community1
1.Introduction3
Part 2Veterans Recall the War13
2.Idealism, Patriotism, and Politics15
Gilberto15
Tanis26
Alejandro33
Charley39
Leonel45
Tony51
Raul59
Antonio68
Guillen75
John84
3.A Matter of Conscience95
Obed95
Ricardo101
Frank110
4.Psychological and Medical Issues in the Aftermath of Vietnam121
Ray121
Lupe130
David136
Joe146
Daniel150
5.The Impact of War on Family160
Francisco160
Marcello164
Robert171
Jay179
Connie184
Frank and Socorro192
Part 3Overview of Issues Discussed by the Veterans207
6.The Impact of Differing Levels of Political and Cultural Awareness209
7.Psychological and Medical Problems223
8.What Did It All Mean?232
9.Conclusion236
10.The Darkness of War by Juan Carlos Heredia239
Notes241

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know who reviews these books, but for instance, the section I'm interested in begins on page 84 and recounts the adventures of "John" who claims two tours in Vietnam.  John's story is as bizarre as it is phony -- he claims to have joined the Army at age 16, got out, then was recruited by "DIA" after which he went through training including "airborne, ranger, and Green Beret" -- all lasting a few weeks at a time.  No one in their right mind with any sense of the military or government would come close to believing such stupidity.  This chapter alone reduces this book and likely the unfortunate true stories muddled in there to a work of complete nonsensical fiction.