The story I tell is drawn from the well of personal journals written during my time in war as a civilian … as background for recall and reflection. Journaling is a habit I started in Catholic seminary, and unwittingly gives witness to my story. What is written herein is a series of essays that interweaves a tapestry of memories that crisscross my time in South Vietnam 1967-1969. The American War as the Vietnamese named it. JanStephen James Cavanaugh, Ph.D.