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Additional Resources Relating to Herbert Sweat's Interview


Online Resources about the Vietnam War: 
Books from NYPL's Catalog:
General Histories of the American War in Vietnam:
Oral Histories and Memoirs:
  • The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio, published 1982. A group of American airbourne infantry find themselves stranded in a Vietnamese valley for 12 horrible days.
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, published 2010. A very successful Vietnam novel, it tells the story of a Marine and his peers who fight in the war and become men, see the harsh sides of war and the military, and learn all sorts of new things.
  • The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, published 1993. A novel that views the other side of the war and this book was first published, against the Vietnamese government's wishes. It tells the story of a soldier and the discoveries he makes while in the war.
  • Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien, published 1999. O'Brien's most well known book about the war; he shows the reader the horrors of the war, blending fact and fiction together for a spell-binding story.
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, published 2009. A collection of short stories about several different men, O'Brien once again shows his the reader the horrors and impacts of the war.
Items Related to Stories Told in Interview:
  • Sweat mentioned his father was a Shinnecock Native American and his sisters lived on the reservation. A brief history of this tribe was found on Credo Reference. Or, visit their website to find out more.
  • An in-depth explanation of jungle warfare from the International Military and Defense Encyclopedia, published 1993. Found through Gale US History in Context.
  • One of the cities Sweat spent a lot time in was Bien Hoa (sounds like "ben wah" in the interview). From Gale US History in Context, a brief description of the city and its importance in the war.
  • During his first weeks in Vietnam, Sweat moves to Dak To during monsoon season. From Gale US History in Context, a brief description of this city.
  • A biography of General William Westmoreland from Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History.
  • The history of HERD as Sweat called it, or the 173rd Airborne Brigade, that he was a part of. From the Army's official website.
  • A defintion of R&R, rest and relaxation vacation, from the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (published 1996).
  • A short clip from Bob Hope's Christmas show in 1967. A longer clip of Bob Hope reflecting on his programs in Vietnam can also be watched. Because of Sweat's position in the army, he was unable to see Bob Hope when he came to their camp.
  • A definition of Viet Cong from Gale US History in Context.
  • Sweat's camp moves to An Khe and this brief overview is from the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, found through Credo Reference.
  • A NPR recording called Native Americans Have a Long History of Military Service and it is an interview with a photojournalist who photographed Native Americans serving in the military.
Information Regarding the Tet Offensive:
  • A Gale US History in Context topic page about the Tet Offensive. General information as well as numerous links to other articles, videos, and more.
  • The Tet Offensive: A Concise History by James H. Willbanks, published 2007, is an in-depth look at the Tet Offensive and the impact it had both in Vietnam and in the United States. This book can be found in the Schwarzman Building.
  • Tet Offensive: Turning Point of the Vietnam War by Dale Anderson, published 2006, is a short look at the Tet Offensive.
  • Watch Stanley Kubrick's 2001 movie, Full Metal Jacket. It tells the story of Marines who take part in the Tet Offensive.
Resources for veterans seeking shelter in NYC:
  • General information from the New York Department of Homeless Services.
  • Information for the Borden Ave Veterans Residence located in Long Island City, NY.
Resources for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
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