One Wife's Year of the Vietnam War
Military History - Vietnam - Women's Studies
6 x 9, 336 pp.
8 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 09/28/2009
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
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One Wife's Year of the Vietnam War

By Linda Moore-Lanning

In April 1969, Linda Moore-Lanning watched her husband, Lt. Michael Lee Lanning, board a Greyhound bus that would take him to a military flight scheduled to deposit him in Vietnam. As he boarded the bus, Lee told her, "It’s only for a year." Moore-Lanning struggled to believe her husband’s words.

Waiting: One Wife’s Year of the Vietnam War is the deeply personal account of Moore-Lanning’s year as a waiting wife. The first-ever book from the perspective of a wife on the home front during the Vietnam War, Moore-Lanning’s telling is both unflinching in its honesty and universal in its evocation of the price exacted from those who were left behind. During her "waiting year," Moore-Lanning traveled far, in both distance and perspective, from the small West Texas town of Roby where she had grown up and met her husband.

Through her eyes, we experience the agony of waiting for the next letter from Lee; the exhilaration of learning of her pregnancy; the frustration of dealing with friends and family members who didn’t understand her struggles; and the solace of companionship with Susan Hargrove, another waiting wife.

Because of her insistence that Lee give her an honest account of his experiences, Moore-Lanning also affords readers a gut-wrenching view of Vietnam as narrated by an infantry commander in the field.

Unfolding with the gripping narrative of a novel, Waiting will captivate general readers, while those interested in military history and home front perspectives—especially from the Vietnam War—will deeply appreciate this impressive addition to the literature.


LINDA MOORE-LANNING lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Moore-Lanning suggests that there are indeed patterns that characterize one's life while waiting for a loved one to return from war. She describes these issues with wit, verve, and a unique and valuable perspective." -Deborah C. Kidwell, U.S. Army, Command and General Staff College


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