Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War has been accepted for inclusion in the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University. Created in 1989, the archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.
How cool is that?
Even if you can't visit Lubbock to go through the files and look at materials such as the Grady Myers memoir, you can sit at your computer and do research thanks to the collection's virtual archive. You can look in the map database. You can search the operations database. You can browse the oral histories and listen to folks tell their stories of Vietnam. (Too bad we don't have an audio interview with Grady to include.)
How great to know that this part of our history -- difficult, controversial, significant -- is being saved for generations to study.
Julie Titone is co-author of the Grady Myers memoir "Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War." Grady was an M-60 machine gunner in The U.S. Army's Company C’s 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in late 1968 and early 1969. His Charlie Company comrades knew him as Hoss. Thoughts, comments? Send Julie an email.