Somewhere on the way to Khe Sanh


Tet 1969 at Cu Chi Combat Base, RVN 

Helicopter Accident Report (excerpt): 2 Feb 1969, Moc Hoa: KIA Willard H. Burkhart 
and Charles O'Steen 

Daily Staff Journal & Duty Officerís Log: 9th Aviation Bn and 15th Eng Bn 
pertaining to 2 Feb 1969 Helicopter Accident 

Vietnam, April 1994 - My journal and memory, such as they are

Cincinnati to Los Angeles

Off to Saigon via Bangkok

Finally, Off to Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City (nee Saigon) in the Light

Reunification Express


SOS Art 2009. June 6, 2009 - Art Academy of Cincinnati. 

Milford-Miami Township Branch, Clermont County Public Library (November 2007) Public reading.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (July 2006) Public reading at the Freedom of Expression program.

Vietnam Slide Shows:  University of Cincinnati,  February 2000: Shriner's, November 2002.

Public poetry reading on Memorial Day, 1999, at the Vietnam Womenís Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Featured poet at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Country for the opening of Vietnam Revisited, a photo exhibit by former Army photographer, Ken Williamson, November 1998.

Featured poet on Night Music, March 16, 1997 - WNKU (Public Radio from Northern Kentucky University)

Vietnam Slide Show - Counterparts Reunion - August 1995.

Poetry readings at the Poet Warriors Memorial Day Weekend Program, held at the Vietnam Veteransí Memorial, Washington, D.C. May 1995.

Vietnam Slide Show - Khe Sanh Veterans Reunion - July 1994.

Poetry readings at the Memorial Day Writerís Project, Veteranís Day Weekend Program, held at the Vietnam Veteransí Memorial, Washington, D.C. November 1994.

VIETNAM POETRY Publication Credits

For a Better World: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice, 2009. Ghosn, Saad. (ed) Cincinnati, Ohio: Reunification Express, 1994; The Other Soc Trang; Some Who Stayed.

Vietnam in black & white. 1998. Constance Lee Menefee, Cincinnati, Ohio. 62 pp. Available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. Call number -  811.54: qM5412v:1998.

Times Record News, Wichita Falls Online Edition, November 11, 1998; The Names

Veteranís Day insert: Downtowner, Cincinnati Ohio, November 10, 1998: Take a Number; Last Letter

Second Front Page, feature article At War With Words,  The Harrison Press, April 8, 1998: Blue-Eyed Daddy; Take a Number; Lies That Soldiers Tell; Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Age 48, Dies By His Own Hand: A Casualty of the War


FY 1998 Individual Artistís Fellowship: $5,000 - Creative Writing, Ohio Arts Council; poetry on the Vietnam War.  

Michael P. (M-60) Kelley, Vietnam veteran artist and writer (Where We Were In Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations, and Navy Vessels of the Vietnam War, Hellgate Press), wrote: ďIn my judgment, Connie is also without question among the very best poets to have emerged from the Vietnam experience.Ē  

FIRST PRIZE: Everything is not Enough (1997) D.A. Levy Chapbook Award Winner 1996 Chapbook designed & published by THIS: a serial review. Cincinnati, Ohio  

THIRD PRIZE: the Greater Cincinnati Writers League (GCWL) (1996) Poetry. 

Selected Poems

Or see: Vietnam (Poetry Manuscript)  
Do Not Disturb Looking for Dien Bien Phu
Lai Khe Under the Black Virgin
The Names Some Who Stayed
Take a Number Reunification Express, 1994
Space-Time Continuum The Many Loves of Soldiers
Dear Jane, Our Homecoming Sucked Firebase Gangsta
Claymore The Other Soc Trang
Wannabe Mother Prisoners of the Code
Outlaw Mission Warrior's Love
Blue-Eyed Daddy Starlight Fugue
To Forgive Survive & Evade
Yes Means No With a Smile Another One Returns
White Flag Flashback IOU
Happy Valley At the Moving Wall
Refurbishing Uncle Ho Vietnam Half-Life


Vietnam War Dead Database: original VietWar download site
The Coffelt Database
: unit ID to company level for most records.

                                                                                In Memory, Jan H. Vanderbie, 27 May 2008  

                                                                                (Former US AID Province Representative, Republic of Vietnam)