Long Binh Jail

Long Binh Jail

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qLong Binh Jail was a place so feared that American soldiers would rather face the Viet Cong than be sent there.q qKnown as qLBJq or simply qThe Stockade, q it was officially the U.S. Army Installation Stockade in Long Binh, South Vietnam. Within its confines were Americans whose offenses ran the gamut from drug possession, insubordination, and AWOL, to assault, rape, and murder. Containing up to a thousand prisoners at a time, Long Binh jail was, in effect, the Army's own little penal colony and one sharply divided by racial tensions.q qIn 1968, these tensions erupted when most of its African-American prisoners took over the prison compound. The riot, which had to be put down by armed American troops using tear gas, was noted around the world as another sign of the sagging morale of U.S. forces. Noted military historian Cecil Barr Currey tells the story of Long Binh jail through the words of dozens of former guards, prisoners, and administrators. They reveal a disturbing aspect of the Vietnam War that has not been examined until now.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved157 Darvon, 74 Deaths: racial tension and, 57-58; in riot, 120-21 Department of Defense, and racial tension, 53-54 Deringer, ... 166-67; reforms by, 167-68 Geary , Wesley Vaughan, 29 Geiger, Lawrence C, 4-5 General courts, 12 Gray, Rudolph , 33-35, 72, ... See also Brutality of guards Guidera, Tom, 17-19, 29, 36, 45-46 Gustafson, Karl, xi, 45 Hamburger Hill, xiv Hand and leg irons, 158 Harkins, Paul.

Title:Long Binh Jail
Author:Cecil B. Currey
Publisher:Potomac Books Incorporated - 1999


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