The An Hoa Project is going online and will be a free archive. I am in the process of building a new website. I no longer sell USB sticks of the history . Keep coming back to see if the new site is ready!
JANUARY 13 2014
UPDATE: NEW WEBSITE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND I AM RE-WRITING SOME OF THIS HISTORY USING MORE COMMAND CHRONONOGIES. ALSO I AM ADDING ALL THE STORIES FROM THE MARINES. I THINK THE NEW SITE SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING SPRING 2014. IT WILL BE WOTH THE WAIT.
I am working at present on a website that will offer free access to the An Hoa Project. It will be an online archive. It will not have every thing that is on the USB as some of the movies are too large for the website and some contributors do not want their stories and photos online. But I hope that more Marines will add their stories and photos to this new site to tell their story about their war in Vietnam
The An Hoa Project was started by me, Alan Waugh well over a decade ago and over this time the the project has gathered stories, photos and movie footage about the US Marines in the An Hoa Combat Base area of Operations in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. I have used this information from the veterans along with USMC command chronologies to write the only complete history of An Hoa Combat base and its surrounding operational area.
This history is the real Nam at ground Zero. The stories are from men who served in the heat and grime of the rice fields. They took fire from an elusive enemy who were the masters at melting back into the jungle and scrub. They suffered booby-traps, Jungle rot, dehydration, dysentery and the loss of comrades in the mad moments of a fire fight. These Marines served their country and wanted to bring peace to South Vietnam. They returned to the World and blended back into civvy street as the USA did not honour her veterans and they were blamed for the loss of the war in Vietnam. Times have thankfully changed and the Vietnam Veteran is now honoured and it is time to tell the stories that have waited so long to be heard. Time to view the personal photographs that have sat in draws or shoe boxes on top of the wardrobe, unseen. Time to learn about their war in what they called 'The Nam'.
A snap shot of what the new site will look like. Access will be free. You can join as a member if you wish for $5 a year to help with server and domain costs as in the past sales of USB sticks covered this. Members get their name on the sponsor page (If they want) to show their support for the project and you also get a printable Certificate vai email to show your support for the An Hoa Project.
Here is a snap shot of the stories and photo gallery page. Each contributor has his own section for stories/photos and film.
What a contributors page looks like.
Forward by Col George D Navadel USMC Ret.
Of the many accounts covering the years of the United States' involvement in combat in the Republic of Vietnam, most authors concentrated on specific battles, campaigns or units. Alan Waugh has taken a different approach. He has focused his efforts on a specific area of operation centered on the then fledgling industrial complex of An Hoa located to the south-west of Da Nang. The time frame spans from 1966 to 1971 and introduces the reader to all the participants - both US and VC/NVA - who fought in the rice fields, villages, and neighboring mountains.
Extensive research of military archives to include after action reports, command chronologies and official documentation provides the framework for the account which, by itself, provides accuracy but no life. Alan remedied this to the reader's delight by including the personal human experiences of Marines and Corpsmen who toiled, sweated, and bled while performing their duty for their country and for their fellow team, squad, and platoon members.
A tribute to Alan's persistence and depth of his research is the inclusion of input from the Vietnamese director of the An Hoa Industrial Complex from 1962 to 1969. This coal-iron facility was the reason the US command commuted Marines to the basin. Also included is input from Dale Dye, actor, writer and military advisor to Hollywood, who has written an account of his time at An Hoa as a Marine Combat correspondent. But we must not forget the stories from the Grunts on the ground who after their tour returned home to restart their lives after the ordeal of savage combat in Vietnam. It is for them and those who did not return that this history has been written by Alan. It is a tribute to the warriors of many years ago who were proud to serve the US Marine Corps.
George D. Navadel
Colonel USMC Ret. (1958 -88)
RVN '66-'67; ''71-''72
Notes: George D Navadel is a highly respected & decorated Marine who won the Silver Star and Bronze Star with 'V' while in Vietnam
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