Robin Bartlett


Burning Shit

In Vietnam with the 1st Cav Division, FNGs (F-ing New Guys) received light duty for several weeks. They were jumpy and anxious and could not be relied upon until fully acclimatized and field tested. We assigned an experienced soldier to be the FNG’s buddy and to work with him to get his equipment organized, overcome […]

Honor Flights

Honor Flight Veteran

I made a presentation on Veterans Day event at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. While there I had the good fortune to talk with two Korean War vets who had recently participated in the Honor Flight program. Both expressed great enthusiasm. One of the men talked about his experience in detail. With tears in […]

Vietnam Combat Podcasts: The Best of the Best

Robin Bartlett

As I wrote Vietnam Combat: Firefights and Writing History I had hoped the experience would help me put many of the horrific experiences behind me. I thought that by writing the stories in detail would be a catharsis and, finally, after 55 years, I would be able to close the chapter on my Vietnam tour. […]

The Luck of Alphabetical Order: How I Survived My Vietnam Tour

Robin Bartlett During Vietnam War

I arrived in Vietnam in May 1968. It was the height of the war. There were more American soldiers in Vietnam in ‘68-’69 than at any other time. I was on orders to join the 101st Airborne Division. My previous assignment had been with the 82d, and the army attempted to keep airborne officers within […]

Medevac, Jungle Penetrator, Unusual Finds

As a combat infantry platoon leader with A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), I was in country at the height of the Vietnam war from 1968-69. The Air Cav was famous for implementing the airmobile concept, bringing fresh fighting forces to the battlefield by helicopter rather than humping through the boonies. […]

The Point Man

Walking Point in time of War

“Holy Shit…there’s someone coming down the hill!” It doesn’t matter what was your war: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq. If you’re walking point, you are the lead man, the man at greatest risk for surprise ambush or booby traps. You may be going house to house, clearing rooms, walking through hilly terrain or three […]

American Gold Star Mothers

gold star flag

As I was writing my book I knew very little about the American Gold Star Mothers organization, but have become more familiar with them since Patti Elliott, the National Secretary of AGSM provided a heart-felt advance review of my book and acknowledged the death her son, SPC Daniel Lucas Elliott, killed in the Iraqi conflict. […]

The Origins of Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor those that have fought for the American concept. Men and Women that have sacrificed so much in order to defend the ideals that have made us a great nation. — Kamala Harris The tragedy of the hard-fought Civil War was the deaths of more than 600,000 soldiers over the course […]

Welcome Home

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

The phrase ‘thank you for your service’ started to be used in the late ‘90s. It became even more popular in recognition of the heroism on the part of firefighters, police, and first responders in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th and the War on Terror that followed. The saying is […]

Video Presentation: The Trauma of Firefights

Vietnam combat

Firefights, especially night firefights were always traumatic. At night you were afraid to change your position for fear of being shot by your own men, but once you fired your weapon your position was compromised and you had to move or a fusillade of bullets would be heading your way. At night there was also […]