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A Tour in Chuong Thien Province
John Raschke, author of A Tour in Chuong Thien Province: A U.S. Army Lieutenant with MACV Advisory Team 73 in the Mekong Delta, 1969-1970, in conversation with Harvey Weiner.

In the summer of 1969, as the Vietnam War was being turned over to the South Vietnamese, Lieutenant John Raschke arrived in Chuong Thien Province deep in the Mekong Delta, eager to have a positive impact. Recounting his assignment to a provincial advisory team of military and civilian personnel, this memoir depicts the ordinary and the extraordinary of life both inside and outside the wire--mortar attacks, firefights and snipers, hot showers, good meals and comradery, the life and death struggles of the Vietnamese people and the bonds he formed with them.

Harvey Weiner was Raschke's hoochmate in Vietnam, and his first exposure to someone of the Jewish faith. Weiner was the Phoenix program advisor to the province. Weiner and Rascke became life-long friends.

Dec 8, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Colonel John Raschke
Colonel (US Army, Ret.) John S. Raschke enlisted in the Army in 1966 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through Officer Candidate School. John attended advisor and Vietnamese language school prior to being sent overseas. After 4½ years of service, and several company-level commands, he left the Army and returned to his native Geneseo. John resumed his active-duty military career by becoming an Active Guard Reserve officer. Between 1986 and his retirement in 1999, Colonel (COL) Raschke held a number of high-level positions including: Inspector General; Mobilization Planner; Commander, 2nd Battalion 123rd Field Artillery; Director, Plans Operations and Training (G-3); and Director of Resource Management. John has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and was a 1993-1994 Army War College Fellow at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Some of his awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal.
PNC Harvey Weiner
Harvey is a Vietnam War combat veteran, who, as an Army Captain, was an intelligence advisor to the Vietnamese. His combat experience includes small raids, night ambushes, mortar and rocket attacks, sniper fire and land mines. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star (M) among other decorations. After the war, he returned to Ft. Dix, N.J., where he defended 38 courts martial and was a Chief Investigating Officer. He is past national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. Harvey has practiced civil litigation in Boston at Peabody & Arnold for over 47 years.