An Accidental Soldier: Memoirs of a Mestizo in Vietnam / Edition 1

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This is a forthright and piercing account of one soldier's participation in the war in Vietnam. Grounded in facts but still full of humor, it is a tale that follows a young man from Colorado through the horrors of war and beyond.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Garcia, a Mestizo born in southern Colorado in 1947, considered becoming a Mormon because of Mormons' racial tolerance. With even less consideration, he joined the Army in the early days of the Vietnam War and became an Airborne Ranger infantryman, ending with ugly wounds and a buck sergeant's stripes. Here Garcia offers a classic portrait of a reluctant, or "accidental" soldier who mastered the art of the infantryman in the "scorching, sordid jungle theater." He offers additional portraits of respected comrades in arms, such as Sergeant Holyfield at Fort Benning and the too-soon killed Captain Ivy, and vividly depicts infantry combat (including killing a woman guerrilla). His postwar career led him to one failed and one successful marriage, a law degree, a career as a criminal defense attorney and this distinctive Vietnam memoir. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VVA Veteran
[Garcia] has produced a smoothly written, thoughtful book.
Southwest BookViews
This is a book at its best about war and a reminder to us all that men and women now in Afghanistan and Iraq will have their own demons to master over time.
Utah Historical Quarterly
Accidental Soldier is a solid book that will endure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826330130
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Manny Garcia is a lawyer in Salt Lake City.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Chameleon
Chapter 2: The Recruit
Chapter 3: The Infantryman
Chapter 4: Airborne Ranger
Chapter 5: Cherry
Chapter 6: Hell's Foyer
Chapter 7: The Field Trip
Chapter 8: Lady Killer
Chapter 9: Headshot
Chapter 10: Strike Force
Chapter 11: Jungle Rat
Chapter 12: I Corps
Chapter 13: Bastogne Revisited
Chapter 14: Foul
Chapter 15: Left-handed Eloquence
Chapter 16: Hindsight and Movement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    An extraordinary eye-opener

    This book is impossible to put down once you get started. The added sarcasm is a nice touch when reading about the atrocities of war. Very moving, and very sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2003


    I liked the book very much, it kept me awake until the small hours reading it. sad about the elephant and the old woman, both in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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