Books and Publications
The story is about twins born in 1945 growing up in the 50's and 60's. Their father was base commander at Mac Dill AFB in Tampa. One twin went to the University of Florida and then into the Peace Corps while the other (main character) went to the Naval Academy and into the Marines(India 3/26) and then on to Hill 881S near Khe Sanh. Many real characters are written into the story including then Capt Bill Dabney, 1st Lt. Rich Foley, PFC Rich Hawkins, PFC John Ortiz, PFC Glenn Griffin and others. I interviewed them countless times to get a feel for the dialogue and wrote them into the story. The part about Khe Sanh is pretty accurate with a feel for the suffering the men went through. Bill Dabney was invaluable in his help.
"In the Company of Marines - A Surgeon Remembers Vietnam"
Jim Finnegan, MD
I just published a book about my year in Vietnam, September 1967 through September 1968, as a Navy surgeon caring for the Marines. I was in Khe Sanh caring for casualties, in an underground bunker, during the Tet offensive. My book is called, "In the Company of Marines - A Surgeon Remembers Vietnam". My website is www.jimfinneganmd.com. The book can be bought on www.shop.jimfinneganmd.com, Amazon.com, on Kindle, www.lulupress.com.
In The Company of Marines
Richard Barager, MD, FACP
The lead (fictional) character and hero of my story is a marine private fighting with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. This is not a war novel, but rather a work of historical fiction that includes combat scenes--a lot of combat scenes, all at Khe Sanh. Two Khe Sanh veterans contributed, in the form of personal interviews with the author, to this story: Kenneth W. Pipes, Captain, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968, and Earnest Ross, Staff Sergeant, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968.
Lists all who died at Khe Sanh from 1962 until 1972. Details on units and personal
information on KIAs. Includes details and incidents of patrols. Procedes from the sale of
this book are donated to Khe Sanh Veteran, Inc.
To order, contact:
8766 Parkview Court
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
"Valley of Decision"
John Prados and Ray Stubbe
Houghton Mifflin Company
"The Illustrated History of Khe Sanh"
"Welcome to Vietnam, Macho Man"
"The Petrified Heart"
Charles E. Patterson
Signal Tree Publications. Available at Amazon.com and can be ordered
from most book stores.
"War Without Heros"
David Douglas Duncan
Harper & Row
"Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds"
Hardcover re-print of the original single volume.
"The End of the Line"
David Douglas Duncan
"Never Without Heros: Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam,
Lawrence C. Vetter
"The Battle for Khe Sanh"
Moyers S. Shore
Historical Branch, G-3 Division Headquarters USMC
"The Vietnam War (The Tet Offensive)"
CBS Video Library
(This video tape contains some excellent footage of the Recon area)
If you know of any other books or videos, please send e-mail to
Dave Doehrman and I'll add them to