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“I often looked up at the stars and prayed.” (Memoir, page 29)

   George Mikey Mabe
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G. Mike Mabe, eating rations off the hood of a jeep, Vietnam [3/1966]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division; Task Force Hanson
Service Location: Vietnam; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Rank: Sergeant
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Arriving in Saigon in the earliest days of 1966, Sergeant George Mikey Mabe spent nearly the entire year serving in Vietnam. As part of a combat unit with the 101st Airborne Division, much of his time was spent in the bush, taking part in search-and-destroy missions and long-range patrols. In his memoir, he offers matter-of-fact descriptions of his daily life in Vietnam, including small but important details such as the logistics involved in heating canned rations or sending letters home. Mabe’s photographs--which, he explains, were taken while he was stationed in rear areas, away from combat—further illuminate the activities and typical experiences of a combat infantryman.

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