Marines and Military Law in Vietnam: Trial by Fire. LtCol Gary D. Solis, USMC. 1989. 295 pp
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- How long did US servicemembers serve for the murder of noncombatants?
- What were characteristics of servicemembers found guilty of fragging their commanders?
- How widespread was marijuana use in Vietnam? How did the military legal system fight it?
A mostly chronological history of the institutions of military law and how they functioned in Vietnam. A number of courtmartial trials, including some for the murder of noncombatants are described. Chapter subheadings are descriptive and there is an index. Some of the subchapters that might be helpful to writers of stories set in the Vietnam War are:
- From a Lawyer’s Case File: The Marine Corps’ First War Crime
- Conviction in Vietnam
- From a Lawyer’s Case File: Pilot to Copilot to Brig
- Homicide on Patrol; Men. Women, and Children
- Transportation: Hitchhiking to Court
- Fragging: Friendly Fire With Malice
- Racial Conflict: Black, White, and Green
- Closing Cases Versus Best Defense