Privacy | Customer Service | Phone Orders 415-246-4665
 Search Find by Title or Description Search Help

World War II

Unit History Videos
The War - Ken Burns
Army Combat Units
Marine Corps Units

We have over 2,400 documentary military history books, videos, DVD's and scale models. Find them by using the search box at the top of every page, or use the left column menus

Click to enlarge or buy
Air Power Calendar
Buy for $14.95 plus shipping

CIB Media's selection of documentary American military UNIT and CAMPAIGN history books and videos is one of the largest available anywhere: Army and Marine Corps division histories; Bomb Group and Fighter Group histories; Naval Warfare and Warship histories; Histories of America's major campaigns in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In addition, we are adding new titles weekly.


Home > Search > Result List > Details

Item 31 of 71
COUNTERPART: A South Vietnamese Naval Officer's War. Amid the chaotic fall of Saigon in April 1975, the Navy of the Republic of Vietnam never surrendered. This is the brutally honest story.

Click to EnlargeCOUNTERPART: A South Vietnamese Naval Officer's War This well written and detailed book gives a fascinating view of the Vietnam War from a drastically under-represented point of view: the Vietnamese. Brutally honest. The Navy of the Republic of Vietnam never surrendered. Instead the ships sailed with families aboard and turned themselves over to the US at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Amid the chaotic fall of Saigon in April 1975 Capt. Kiem Do, deputy chief of staff for operations in the South Vietnamese Navy, secretly planned and quietly carried out the evacuation of thirty-five ships and some thirty thousand at-risk South Vietnamese. That disciplined retreat is only one of many little-known events of the war recalled in this revealing memoir, the first to be published in English by an officer of the South Vietnamese Navy. Also included are first-person accounts of skirmishes against the Binh Xuyen pirates, life with Diem and Madame Nhu, the foiled communist car-bomb attack on Saigon's naval headquarters during Tet, and the 1974 sea battle between Red China and South Vietnam.

In addition to viewing particular events from a Vietnamese perspective, this book offers an intimate look at the human side of the war, at the Vietnamese culture, and at the relationship between the men of the Vietnamese Navy and their American counterparts-specifically, the naval advisers who crossed paths with Kiem.

Eyewitness to decades of turmoil, Kiem was born in Hanoi in 1933 and lived a life of adventure. By the age of thirteen he was scouting for the Viet Minh and blowing up French troop trains. By twenty-one he was in France attending the fabled naval academy in Brest as a midshipman in the brand-new Vietnamese Navy. By the 1950s he was fighting for South Vietnam against the communists-and his own brothers. By late April 1975, as the enemy's army was closing in on Saigon, Kiem was making the decision of his life: should he try to save his navy's ships and thousands of his countrymen, or accept his counterpart's offer of plane tickets to safety for himself and his family? Coauthored by a prize- winning American poet, this book conveys what the Vietnam "experience" was really like for our often-overlooked allies. Kiem Do, now a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, worked for twenty years as a cost engineer for a Louisiana utility company.

Click cover to enlarge

Scroll Down for Related Books and Videos
Item Details
Vietnam Wars and S.E. Asia
Naval Warfare
Hardcover book
Combat Memoirs / Biographies

First Previous Next Last

You may also be interested in:

Click to enlarge
Combat Police: U.S. Army MilitMore Info...
Click to enlarge
BATTLE CAPTAIN. Formally titleMore Info...
Click to enlarge
Flying Death,the Vietnam experMore Info...
Click to enlarge
Vietnam: A Television History More Info...
© CIB Media - 2012
ver 121011