A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Themes

Neil Sheehan
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Heroism

John Paul Vann was a brilliant soldier, one who managed to devise unorthodox ways of getting supplies to his fellow soldiers, who put himself in the line of fire to save fellow soldiers and who put his career on the line to attempt to right a wrong. Many soldiers during this time period did all of these things and more. Many men died in Vietnam during the years in which John Vann was in country. Many men were decorated, just as John Vann was. In this time of constant conflict, it was difficult for one man to stand out above the rest.

John Vann was not the only man to have a book written about his service in the Vietnam War. What made John Paul Vann stand out above all the others was that he saw a wrong from the moment it first appeared before him, and he...

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