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I compiled the following citations from the book, _Stolen Valor_, by B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley. A librarian asked me for a list of Vietnam War books, and during my research, I found that of all the books I compiled, half were written by and on wannabees, fakes, and phonies. Let me know of any corrections, additions or anything else. (Page numbers are reference to _Stolen Valor_) Baker, Mark. Nam: the Vietnam war in the words of the men and women who fought there. New York: Quill, 1982. [Pp. 388-389. Many stories are untrue.] Barnes, Scott. Bohica. Canton, Ohio: Bohica Corp., 1987. [Pp. 423-424. Barnes was never an Army MP, a Navy SEAL, a Green Beret, a CIA assassin, or a DEA agent. Never served in Vietnam. Was in the Army from August 21, 1973 at Ft. Lewis and was discharged on December 19, 1974 for 'failure to meet acceptable standards for continued military service.] Bergerud, Eric. Red Thunder, Tropic Lighting: the world of a combat division in Vietnam. Boulder: Westview Press, 1993. [Pp. 389-390. One of the characters, C. W. Bowman, was in Vietnam at 20 years old, not 18 years old, and he never got the Purple Heart.] Billac, Pete. The last medal of honor. New York: Swan Pub., 1990. [P. 417. While the story of MSgt. Roy Benavidex is true, Pete Billac was not a Naval Seal or a Green Beret in Vietnam. He was in the Navy as a seaman for 6 years and was an enlisted man in the Army for less than 2 years.] Block, Mickey. Before the dawn. Canton, Ohio: Daring Books, 1988. [Pp. 399-400. Block was never a Navy SEAL, only as a crewmember of a PBR river patrol boat in Vietnam.] Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the light: the true story of a man who died twice and the profound revelations he received. New York: Villard Books, 1994. [Pp. 385-387. Was a Marine truck driver and never served overseas, including Vietnam. Never was a Marine sniper.] Cincinnatus. Self-destruction, the disintegration and decay of the United States Army during the Vietnam era. New York: Norton, 1981. [P. 388. The writer, 'a senior field-grade officer', was found to be Cecil Currey, a chaplain in the U.S. National Guard who never served in Vietnam.] Cramer, Lenox. Slow dance on the killing ground. Medina, Ohio, USA: Alpha Publications of Ohio, 1990. (to Avon Books, later) [Pp. 418-420. Real name is Michael Erik Cramer. Cramer was not a Green Beret nor involved in covert ops. Was an Army clerk-typist. Was in Kentucky State Prison for murder. Now in jail in Florida.] Dux, Frank. The secret man: an American warrior's uncensored story. New York: ReganBooks, 1996. [Pp. 411-417. Dux was a Marine, but never served in Vietnam nor was a SEAL. His martial art background is suspicious, and no such thing like Bloodsport took place.] Hutchins, Joel. Swimmers among the trees: SEALs in the Vietnam War. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1996. [Pp. 400. Hutchins was never a Navy SEAL, but a Navy Hospital corpsman at Da Nang, Vietnam.] Katakis, Michael. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. New York: Crown, 1988. [Pp. 585-685. One of the characters in the book, Sgt. Major Charles 'Chuck' Eatley was never a Green Beret, but an infantryman in Vietnam. And Eatley was not Special Forces tab or did he have CIBs or Purple Hearts.] Kimball, William R. Vietnam --the other side of glory. New York: Ballantine Books, 1988, 1987. [Pp. 406-407. There was no Vietnam veteran named Captain David Shaffer in the Special Forces or the U.S. Army in any military records.] Lee, Eric. Saigon to Jerusalem: conversations with U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War who emigrated to Israel. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1992. [Pp. 393-395. William Northrop never graduated from the Citadel, nor was an Army officer, and was never in the Special Forces.] Lopes, Sal. The Wall: images and offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. New York: Collins, 1987. [Pp. 584-585. Gary Gene Wright, Jr., was not a Vietnam veteran, and he never served at all in the military, although his father was a MIA pilot in Vietnam.] Marvicsin, Dennis J. Maverick: the personal war of a Vietnam Cobra pilot. New York: Putnam, 1990. [Pp. 398-399. While Dennis Marvicsin was an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he was never a POW.] Matsakis, Aphrodite. Vietnam wives: facing the challenges of life with veterans suffering post-traumatic stress. Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press, 1996. [Pp. 482-484. Not a single POW in Vietnam reported sexual abuse. No freed POWs were ever returned to duty in the war zone.] Maurer, Harry. Strange ground: an oral history of Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975. New York: Avon Books, 1990, 1989. [Pp. 409-411. Yoshia K. Chee There never served in Vietnam nor was in Special Forces and never in the U.S. military.] Mustain. Gene and Jerry Capeci. Murder machine: a true story of murder, madness, and the Mafia. New York, N.Y., U.S.A: Dutton, 1992, Onyx, 1993. [Pp. 424-430. Dominick Montiglio was not in Special Forces, nor ever in the U.S. military.] Norton, Major Bruce. One Tough Marine: the autobiography of First Sergeant Donald N. Hamblen, USMC. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993. [Pp. 404-406. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Donald Hamblen never went into North Vietnam with MACV-SOG or with the Marine Corps, said Hamblen's former commanding officers, Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor and Major Pat Carothers.] Reeves, James. Meking! The Authentic Novel of Naval Special Forces in Vietnam. NY: Ballantine Books, 1984. [Pp. 402. No SEAL by the name of James Taylor.] Sanders, James D. Soldiers of misfortune: Washington's secret betrayal of America's POWs in the Soviet Union. Washington, D.C.: National Press Books, 1992. [Pp. 508. Larry Pistilli was an U.S. Army communication clerk, but never in Special Forces and he was not a POW.] Everything we had: an oral history of the Vietnam War by thirty-three American soldiers who fought it. Al Santoli. New York: Random House, 1981. [P. 390. Of the 33 Americans soldiers interviewed, Mike Beamon was never a SEAL or in the U.S. military. Thomas Bird was an Army soldier, but never a POW.] Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam: combat trauma and the undoing of character. Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994. [Pp. 283-285. Most of the psychiatrist's characters are fakes.] Shilts, Randy. Conduct unbecoming: gays and lesbians in the U.S. military. Ballantine books ed. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1994. [Pp.443-450. Donald Winns is not gay, which is something Randy Shilts tried to prove.] Smith, Warner. Covert Warrior: fighting the CIA's secret war in Southeast Asia and China, 1965-1967. Presidio Press. [Pp. 400-402. Warner Smith was a Navy aviation maintenance officer and he was not a CIA/SOG/SEAL covert operator in Vietnam. His only overseas tour was in Luzon.] Spencer, Duncan. Facing the wall: Americans at the Vietnam veterans memorial. New York: Macmillan; London: Collier Macmillan, 1986. [P. 586. Bill Callahan was never in the Special Forces, but a carpenter in Vietnam. Anatol Kononenko (misspelled as Konenenko) was an infantryman but got no Purple Heart, and his only injury noted was a dislocated elbow, not his paralyzed legs.] Taylor, James and James Reeves. Covert Actions. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987. [Pp. 402-403. James Taylor was a Navy mechanic. He was not a SEAL, never served in Vietnam or off the coast of Vietnam.] Bloods, an oral history of the Vietnam War by Black veterans. Wallace Terry. New York: Random House, 1984. [Pp. 452-465. Many false and stereotypes about blacks in the Vietnam War. Many blacks served with pride and success in Vietnam.] Valentine, Douglas. The Phoenix program. New York: Morrow, 1990. [Pp. 420-422. Elton Manzione, John Laboon, Eddie Swtz, and Kenneth Van Lester were in the Navy, but none was a SEAL. Valentine's response was a postcard. "What's the color of horseshit? What's the color of cowshit? What's the color of bullshit? Brown! Brown! Brown!" to Cmdr. F.C. Brown who took Valentine to task on the historical inaccuracies. Valentine doesn't take well to bad reviews or other criticism. A better book is Dale Andrade's _Ashes to Ashes: the Phoenix program and the Vietnam War_ (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990.)] Van Devanter, Lynda. Home before morning: the story of an army nurse in Vietnam. New York: Warner Books, 1983. Beaufort Books, 1983. [Pp. 471-475. Nurses' lives are full of inaccuracies.] The Wall: a day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Peter Meyer and the editors of Life. New York; Avenel, NJ: Wings Books, 1996. [Pp. 584. Pictures of phonies who dressed in jungle fatigues.] Thanks. Mike Yared ************************************************* *************************************************