Rufus Phillips became a member of the Saigon Military Mission in 1954 and the following year served as the sole adviser to two Vietnamese army pacification operations, earning the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit for his work. He later worked as a CIA civilian case officer in Vietnam and Laos, then joined the U.S. Agency for International Development's Saigon Mission to lead its counterinsurgency efforts. In 1964 he became a consultant for USAID and the State Department and served as an adviser to Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
Ha Mai Viet was born in North Vietnam in 1933. He graduated from the Thu Duc Reserve Officer School in 1955 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, beginning 21 years of military service that included command of armored units from platoon through battalion, plus posts as a brigade executive officer and an assistant division commander, along with staff and instructor duty at several levels.
Joe Galloway is best known as co-author of the national bestseller We Were Soldiers Once...and Young, later made into a critically acclaimed movie starring Mel Gibson. Mr. Galloway spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly 20 years as senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. His numerous overseas postings include tours in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow.