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1. "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> 2. Steve Watson <swatson9@COMMSPEED.NET> -----Message from: "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I was stationed with the US Army in Germany when both the Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now came out and still remember my great disappointment with both movies (seen with German subtitles!) and their only vague, "300-ish" connection to the historical background the movies purported to be about. Up to that time no real movies had been made about Vietnam except for John Wayne's The Green Berets. Go Tell the Spartans, which was a pretty good movie (based on an even better book) had come out but it was not widely publicized and I never saw it until in came out on videotape a few years later. To me, Disney's Operation Dumbo Drop is a far better or at least more representative Vietnam War movie than either AN or DH. I've always felt that John Del Vecchio's 13th Valley would make a pretty good Vietnam War movie as long as they don't let the guy who did Thin Red Line produce it. The operations portrayed in that book are not that dissimilar from current operations in Afghanistan. John J. McGrath "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Steve Watson <swatson9@COMMSPEED.NET>----- Apocalypse Now was a movie and as such had some level of truth and some level fiction. Movies of that type are made to make money for producers and such. As an "almost expert" on Vietnam River Patrol Force (TF116) 66-68, I found lots of truths in the movie. The PBRs and crews often were assigned unique assignments that could vary from day to day. There were, sometimes, long periods of just doing routine patrols and others when assignments were completely out of left field and came at you fast and furious. Steve Watson ENCM USN Ret Gamewardens of Vietnam Steve Watson <swatson9@COMMSPEED.NET> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----