Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Herbert Schandler Collection
Collection Number
0.6 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Processed by
J. Saffell, Jan. 2002[Updated: Feb. 2010 by M. Barnard]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

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Scope and Content

Two folders of documents and articles authored by Herbert Schandler and reviews of his materials document Herbert Schandler's service in the US Military during the Vietnam Conflict and his post-war research and publications about the war. Most materials date from the late war-era period and the post-war period and include reviews of Schandler's book, The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam.

Biographical Note

Dr. Schandler, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the Command and General Staff College as well as a Korean War veteran, was assigned in June 1965 as Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. This battalion became part of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) and deployed to South Vietnam with the Division in September 1965. The 2/2 Infantry was involved in two major battles with Viet Cong forces in the III Corps area in November and December 1965.

In July 1966, Major Schandler was assigned to the Revolutionary Development Division (J33), MACV. He served in three capacities: 1) the revolutionary development staff of MACV; 2) advisor to the Ministry of Revolutionary Development; and 3) as staff to the Deputy Ambassador for pacification. In this post, he helped develop the concept and outline for the CORDS organization to coordinate the civil-military effort of U.S. agencies in the country.

Returning to the Army Staff in January 1967, Major Schandler had the Vietnam Desk, Strategic Plans & Policy Directorate, DCSOPS. In January 1968, Lt Col Schandler became Assistant for Southeast Asian Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs (OASD/ISA). In this position, he worked on issues related to the Tet Offensive and, subsequently, on issues concerning U.S. negotiations with the North Vietnamese/Viet Cong in Paris.

In 1969, Lt Col Schandler returned to Vietnam. For six months, he commanded the 3d Battalion/187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. This battalion was involved in "pacification," local defense, and training activities in I Corps in the area known by the French as "la rue sans joie--the street without joy."

Dr. Schandler holds two awards of the Combat Infantrymans Badge, 4 awards of the Legion of Merit, 3 awards of the Bronze Star Medal with V, 12 awards of the Air Medal (2 with V), and 3 awards of the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He also has decorations from Korea and the Netherlands.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Update Briefing, 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry, 18 March 1970
General Information Brochure, Thua Thien Province
Letter from Schandler to the 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry
General document on the Third Battalion (Airmobile), 187th Infantry, 1970
Reviews of Schandler's book, The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam
Article in Book World, May 2, 1982, by Schandler

two New York Times articles from 1978 and 1985
Vietnam: The Decision to Intervene, 1964-1965, by Schandler, for Citadel Conference on War and Diplomacy, March 12, 1976
America and Vietnam: The Failure of Strategy, by Schandler, for Military History Symposium at Royal Military College of Canada, March 30, 1978
Reports for the Air War College: "Street Without Joy": A Case Study in Vietnamization, Professional Study No. 4225, by Schandler, December 1970
Land Reform in South Vietnam, Professional Study No. 4438, by Schandler, May 1971
Syllabus for the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Academic Year 2002, Elective Course 5010, American in Vietnam: An Introduction
Student Papers:
Riverine Warfare in Viet Nam, by CDR M.R. Mara USN
My Lai: A Failure in Leadership, by Myron L. Hampton USMC
Linebacker II: A Review, by Lt. Col. Stephen P. Gray USAF
The Vietnam War: A Nation Changed, by Betsey Mazzella
Deja vu All Over Again: U.S. Crediblity as a Vital Interest in Vietnam and Kosovo, by Chris Carey
Student Papers:
The Tet Offensive...Surprise, Consequences, and Twisted Truths, by CDR Stephen J. Fitzgerald USN
Linebacker II: Mission Accomplished, by Lt. Col. Lori Gatson
Army Logistics in Vietnam, by Lt. Col. Randall D. Corbin
The Southeast Asian Air War, The B-52 "Stratofortress" in Vietnam, by Wayne Marhefka (2 copies)
Countering the Communist Waterbone Infiltration, by Cpt. Michael R. Howard USN
Did the Helicopter Loose the Vietnam War? by Cpt. Frank Pagano USN
National Will...Its Affect on National Security, by LTC Ray Mason USAR
America's Role in the Vietnam War-If JFK Had Lived, by Cpt. Matthew L. Nathan, MCUSN
Vietnam: A History of Crossroads, by CDR Gary R. Windhorst USN
Navy Strike Ops in Support of "Operation Rolling Thunder," by CDR Tom Wiechelt USN
Military Civic Action in Vietnam, by Col. Thomas W. Travis USAF (2 copies)
Student Papers:
The Norwegian View Upon the Vietnam War and the Influence of Media 1963-1975, by Bjorn Ruud
Once Upon a Distant War, by Lt. Col. Rebecca Ritchey-Fritz, USAF
Chaplain Ministry During Vietnam, by Chaplain Col. Carlo Montecalvo USAF
The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, by Garland Stephens and Tom Carter
Iraq 2003-America's New Vietnam? by CDR Miguel Gonzalez USN
With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? by Lt. Col. Chris Moulton
The TET Offensive, by Byron Shorter
Kissinger's Ending the Vietnam War- A Review, by LTC Peter F. Taylor, Jr.
The Vietnam War: Irony, Contradiction and Misperception, by CDR Christopher A. Patton USNR
Book Review: Marine Sniper-93 Confirmed Kills, by CDR Paul J. Frost USN (2 copies)
A Vietnam Experience Ten Years of Reflection, by LTC Dave Wesley
Air Cavalry: Tactical Success, Strategic Failure, by Carl A. Lude
Lamson 719: Another Perspective, by CDR J. Hubbard USN
Clausewitz on Vietnam: The Trinity of War Theory's Relevence to Vietnam, by Lt. Col. Paul E. Greenwood USMC
Vietnam: Robert S. McNamara, Lt. Col. George A. Lembrick USMC
U.S. Air Force Logistics in Vietnam: Moving Mountains to Nowhere, by Lt. Col. Michael W. Arnold
Home with Honor: The Story of U.S. Prisoners of War in the North Vietnam Prison Complex, CDR Paul R. Martinez USN
The Vietnam Memorial, by Col. Brent A. Johnson USAR
Military Advisors: America's Unconventional Entry into Vietnam, by Lt. Col. R.S. Slater USMC
Psycological Operations, by Lt. Col. Thomas J. Liptak USAR
African Americans in the Vietnam War, by Col. Geneva C. Sanders USAR
What was the most important lesson of Vietnam? Lt. Col. Duane P. Gapinski
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by LTC Frederick L. Carter USAR
Fullest Possible Accounting, Missing in Action, Vietnam, by Lt. Col. James M. Joyner USAR
The Media and the Vietnam War, by Col. Gail E. Jennings USMC
TET 1968 and the Media, by LTC David Laine USAR
Surviving Vietnam, by Col. Andrew R. Monteiro USAF
Vietnam Antiwar Movement, by Lt. Col Kurt Froeb USAR
Vietnam War: Vo Nguyen Giap, by Lt. Col. Martin A. Jacoby
The United States Marine Corps' Combined Action Program in Vietnam: 1965-1971, by Owen W. Englander
Reframing the Veterans of Vietnam, by Col. Paul D. Meredith (2 copies)
The Cambodia Incursion and its' Aftermath, by LTC Daniel S. Sheahan (2 copies)
Vietnam After the War, by Col. Niwat Subongkot
Joint Task Force-Full Accounting: The Mission to Return America's Missing Warriors, by Lt. Col. David J. Rohrer USAR
A Study of the Strategic Hamlet Program in South Vietnam, by Robert W. Kline USAR
Vietnam and the National Will, by Joanne Callahan
Innovation in Warfare: The Story of the "Guns A Go-Go," by CDR Alan A. LaBeouf USNR
The Development of Attack Helicopters, by LTC Thomas G. Willis, USAR (3 copies)
Student Papers:
Book Review, Once Upon a Distant War, by LTC Shelby L. Syckes USAF (2 copies)
From Empathizer to Onlooker, The Finnish Attitudes and Vietnam War, LTC Hannu Herranen
Kelly Lives-On: U.S. Army "Dust Off": Vietnam, by CDR Joseph D. Forsha MSC USN (3 copies)
Lessons Not Learned, by CDR Roberta Spillane
Vietnam Through a Fictional Prism: The Quiet and Ugly Americans, by Lennard G. Kruger
The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam, by Lt. Col. Sharon R. Disler, USAF
African Americans and the Vietnam War, by Lt. Col. Cardell K. Richardson, USAF
An Analysis of the Rolling Thunder Air Campaign, by Lt. Col. Judyann L. Munley USAF
Book Review (2 copies)
The Phoenix Program, by Lt. Col. Robert B. Smith (2 copies)
A Long Year, by David T. Noble (2 copies)
Student Papers:
Dereliction of Duty As it Pertains to the U.S. Military Role in the Decision Making Process, by Elaine Carter USN (2 copies)
Vietnam, Have We Gone Beyond? by Lt. Col. Gregory J. Dyson USAR
The Free World Assistance Program--"More Flags", by CDR David M. Thomas, Jr. USN
Legacies of The Second Indochina War, by Lt. Col. Gene E. King USAR
Vietnam Today, by CDR Thomas I. McKeon USN
Christmas Present in 1970: My Year in the Nam, by Lt. Col. James Lewis Kennon USAR
The Media's Impact on National Will During the Vietnam War, by Lt. Col. Christopher H. Sonntag USMC
Vietnam and the Art of War, by LTC Rabon
Maxwell Taylor's Eight Major Contributions to the Effort in Vietnam, y Lawrence J. Nolan
A Case Study of the My Lai Massacre and what the Army has Done Since then to Upgrade Law of War Training, by Col. Glen D. Lause USAR
The Vietnam War, Where Were the Strategists? by CDR James W. Gibson
Linebacker II, by Lt. Col. Douglas B. Salmon USAF
What America Didn't Learn From the French Failure in Vietnam, by LTC Patrick C. Dunkle USAR
Vietnam: A Personal Perspective, by Lt. Col. M.E. Williams, USMC
Student Papers:
Vietnam: The Lessons Are Still Pertinent, by Col Al Brensdel
Requiem for a Nation-The Pain of Vietnam, by Judy Guenther
The Vietnam War: Loss of the National Will, by LTC Sidney E. Riley
Vietnam: The Delicate Balance of Normalization and POWs/MIAs, by Steven Lyons
What Happened When We were Not Looking: The Economic Payoffs of the Vietnam Conflict, by Barbara A.H. Scarlett
Who's Who in Vietnam? by Cynthia Q. Burns
The American Tragedy in Vietnam: Lessons of the Dead Strategists, CDR David M. Volonino
Vietnam Air Campaign: Who's in Charge? by Lt. Col. Thomas B. Wright
Rolling Thunder-A Failed Air Campaign, by Lt. Col. Douglas A. Nelson
American National Will and the Vietnam War, by Lt. Col. Michael K. Hicks USMC
The Coast Guard in Vietnam, Cpt. Norm Henslee USCG
The Vietnam War: A Revised Perspective, by Brenda Gonzalez
Student Papers:
Why the French and Vietminh Began Fighting in 1946, by Lt. Col. D. Lawrence
Vietnam A Greek Tragedy, by CDR Kevin E. Mikula USN
The Lessons We Didn't Learn from Vietnam, by Lt. Col. Lawrence E. Larson USMC
TET: Bend in the Tunnel, by Cpt. John K. Taylor
Robert S. McNamara and Vietnam, by Col. Reed Heddleston USAF
The Vietnam Issue in the Presidential Election of 1964, by Col. Don Wetekam
Foreign Aid in Vietnam: The Forgotten Past, by Carole Scherrer-Palma
The Eve of Destruction, by Col. William E. Crowe, Jr.
Another Veteran's Story, by George A. Kline
Vietnam: Why the United States? by CDR B.J. McCullough USN
The Creation of a Working-Class War: America in Vietnam, by Lt. Col. A.A. Washington USMC
The 1968 TET Offensive: A Turning Point for Three Nations, by Ken Stombaugh
Win the Fight-Loose the War, The 1968 North Vietnamese TET Offensive, by Lt. Col. Marshall C. Reed, USAR
You Should Have Read My Book: Lessons from the War in Vietnam-A Discussion with Sun Tzu
Vietnam-Lessons Learned? by Lt. Col. Gary L. Kirsteatter

Digitized Materials

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