In this episode of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast, Retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Quinn of Southport, NC will be featured. He recently published a new book titled “The Battle of Dak-To.” It recounts a Vietnam War battle on its 50th anniversary. The new book and its author were discussed in an article in The Star News of Wilmington, NC titled: ‘Battle of Dak-To’ recalls Vietnam conflict that was submitted by Ben Steelman of the StarNews Staff (910-343-2208 or Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com).
Robert Quinn had a firsthand view of the fierce battle at Dak To, Vietnam fought during November of 1967. He was a newly promoted major serving as an operations officer in one of the infantry battalions engaged in the battle. In addition to describing the battle, Quinn lays out in his book a very incisive brief history of the Vietnam conflict.
Quinn is and was conservative in political leanings but he could not help holding a grudging admiration for Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam. Ho’s main intent was to reunify his country under a single independent government. Unfortunately for all involved he was a declared communist and at that time in history the US could not allow a communist take over the country.
As a result of the situation at the time the US backed the leader of South Vietnam. Initially that was Ngo Dinh Diem, a Catholic who clashed with the Buddhist majority and who packed his administration with relatives and cronies. Fed up with Diem’s ineffective and corrupt leadership, President Kennedy okayed a CIA engineered military coup that resulted in Diem’s execution. That resulted in a succession of military leaders of schemed more against each other than the enemy from the north. We all know what happened next.
For all looking for a highly interesting and informative account of a major battle in the war and an excellent brief history of the whole Vietnam conflict get a copy of Robert Quinn’s new book ‘Battle of Dak-To’ recalls Vietnam conflict.