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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2000

    Don's NAM

    In my role as a Vietnam War literature bibiographer, I have read hundreds of books dealing with the war. Most of the memoirs and novels are junk, or the same basic book over again. Rast's book is not junk. There is no other Vietnam War book even a little bit like it. His lively narrative (from an Army lieutenant's point of view) deals with 1969-70, when Nixon was taking his time withdrawing the U.S. from the war. The subject is the extremely hazardous job of convoy commander assigned to the 'Orient Express,' the 534th and 379th Transportation Companies, 7th Transportation Battalion. Rast has written a unique and fascinating book filled with comic absurdity, phantasmagoric scenes and believable characters of all ranks and races. And he includes the Vietnamese, unlike the authors of most Vietnam War memoirs and novels. The insanity of the war has never been better explored and exploded. I highly recommend Don's Nam. David A. Willson, author of REMF Diary, The REMF Returns and In The Army Now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    Don's NAM

    First of all, I am a member of Lt. Don's platoon from the 379th Trans Co. Reading about our experiences gave me some laffs, a few tears, and a lot of goosebumps! Lt. Don has captured the absurdity, streaks of madness, and overall experience of the convoy truckers of the Nam (unsung heroes). He tells of the maturing of young boys into men (American and Vietnamese alike). His insights into East/West philosophies, the politics of the day, and the plight of everyman should be required reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    Don's NAM

    What a remarkable experience. 'Don's Nam' was an eye-opener for me. I am a retired Navy Veteran of twenty-years. I enlisted in the Navy after the Vietnam War, and didn't know much about it. What an eye-opener. It's a book you don't want to put down. Don's vivid accounts of experiences and events was remarkable. This book about the 'Orient Express' is must reading for everyone who has even the remotest interest in the Vietnam War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Don's NAM

    After reading this wonderful book, I realized what my father went through during this time. I am now able to relate to the deep feelings that were never shared as I grew up. What a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    Don's NAM

    Just completed reading the book, Don's Nam. Having served in the 'Orient Express' with the 47th Trans part of the 64th QM 'Petro-Main,' 7th Trans Bn, 48th GP, 1969-70, I think Don Rast has done an excellent job with presenting a realistic account of transportation units and the stress of convoying in combat zones of Vietnam. A book like this has been long overdue.

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