Vietnam War Bibliography:

Korea (mostly ROK but some DPRK)

Frank Baldwin, Diane Jones, and Michael Jones, America's Rented Troops: South Koreans in Vietnam. Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1975. 45 pp. I have not seen this, but I am told it contains considerable information about Korean atrocities in Vietnam.

Kil-Joo Ban, "The Reliable Promise of Middle Power Fighters: The ROK Military's COIN Success in Vietnam and Iraq." Ph.D. dissertation, Political Science, Arizona State University, 2011. DA 3461798. xviii, 309 pp. Vietnam is pp. 59-168. Iraq is pp. 169-236.

Robert M. Blackburn, Mercenaries and Lyndon Johnson's "More Flags": The Hiring of Korean, Filipino and Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994. 176 pp.

Christos G. Frentzos, "From Seoul to Saigon: United States-Korean Relations and the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, History, University of Houston, 2004. 317 pp. AAT 3153744. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

Katsuichi Honda, Vietnam War: A Report through Asian Eyes. Tokyo: Mirai-Sha, 1972. 511 pp. Honda was a correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, in South Vietnam from December 1966 to October 1967, and in North Vietnam in 1968. He is quite critical of the United States. Interestingly, he has a much higher opinion of the Korean forces in Vietnam, stating (pp. 239-46) that his observations did not support the widespread reports of Korean brutality in Vietnam.

Jo, Eun Seo, "Fighting for Peanuts: Reimagining South Korean Soldiers' Participation in the Wollam Boom," Journal of American-East Asian Relations 21:1 (2014), pp. 58-87.

Hyun Sook Kim, "Korea's 'Vietnam Question': War Atrocities, National Identity, and Reconciliation in Asia." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 9:3 (2001), pp. 622-635. The text is available online to subcribers of Project MUSE.

Korea and Vietnam. Seoul: Ministry of Public Information, Republic of Korea, 1967. 135 pp.

Tae Yang Kwak, "The Anvil of War: The Legacies of Korean Participation in the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard, 2006. 306 pp. AAT 3217796.

Eun Ho Lee and Yong Soon Yim, The Politics of Military Civic Action: The Case of South Korean and South Vietnamese Forces in the Vietnam War. Hong Kong: Asian Research Service, 1980. 112 pp.

Jong-Sup Lee and Uk Heo, The U.S. - South Korean Alliance, 1961-1988: Free-Ride or Bargaining? Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2002. 236 pp.

Sang-Dawn Lee, "Big Brother, Little Brother: The American Influence on Korean Culture in the Lyndon B. Johnson Years." Ph.D. dissertation, American Studies (?), University of Texas, 2001. 229 pp. AAT 3008378.

Lee Sin-jae, "A Study on the Decision Process of Operational Command Authority of Korean Forces in Vietnam," Korean Military History Journal, vol. 96, September 2015, pp. 283-322. (I have seen the citation in English, but I believe the article, and the journal, are in Korean.)

Joo-Hong Nam, America's Commitment to South Korea: The First Decade of the Nixon Doctrine. Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Thomas Petri, Lightning from the Sky, Thunder from the Sea [subtitle on cover but not on title page: The 1st ANGLICO Story]. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009. 401 pp. Petri served in Sub Unit One (attached to the ROK 2nd Marine Brigade) of the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO). I am not sure how much of the book deals with Petri's own experiences. His prologue appears to indicate that he has filled in some details of the story by guesswork.

Merle Pribbenow, "North Korean Pilots in the Skies over Vietnam." E-Dossier #2. Washington, DC: Woordrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2011.

Major Ronald R. Rasmussen, USA, "ROK Operations in Central Vietnam" Military Review, January 1968 (vol. XLVIII, no. 1), pp. 51-55).

Col. Sam A. Sharp, Deputy Inspector General, MACV, "Alleged Atrocity Committed by ROK Marines on 12 February 1968", 12/23/69. 9 pp. plus numerous attached documents. The allegation of a massacre in Phong Nhi hamlet, a little west of Route 1 in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, appeared well founded, although the report avoided stating a firm conclusion.

Hosub Shim, "The Forgotten Army: The Republic of Korea's Forces' Conduct in the Vietnam War, 1965-1973," Ph.D. dissertation, History, University of Kansas, 2020. ix, 352 pp. DA 27994435.

Hosub Shim, "The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army's Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War," International Journal of Military History and Historiography, 40:1 (May 2020), pp. 74-109.

Edmund F. Wehrle, "'Syndromes' and 'Solutions': The Korean War and the Vietnam War, 1950-1973," Diplomatic History 44:4 (September 2020), pp. 636-63.

Kil J. Yi, "Alliance in the Quagmire: The United States, South Korea, and the Vietnam War, 1964-1968". Ph.D. dissertation, History, Rutgers, 1997. vi, 377 pp. DA 9800312.

Benjamin R. Young, Guns, Guerrillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2021. ix, 218 pp. Includes considerable information about the DPRK's involvement in the Vietnam War.

For documents on U.S. relations with Korea, including the role of Korea in the Vietnam War, see the volumes of Foreign Relations of the United States for 1964-1968 and 1969-1972.

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