Dear Mom: A Sniper's Vietnam

Dear Mom: A Sniper's Vietnam

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by Joseph T. Ward
     
 

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The letters Joseph War, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen. Whether under nigthly mortar attack in An Hoa, with a Marine company in the bullet-scarred jungle, on secret missions to Laos, or on dangerous two-man hunter-kills, Ward lived the war in a way few men did. And he fought the enemy as few men did--up…  See more details below

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The letters Joseph War, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen. Whether under nigthly mortar attack in An Hoa, with a Marine company in the bullet-scarred jungle, on secret missions to Laos, or on dangerous two-man hunter-kills, Ward lived the war in a way few men did. And he fought the enemy as few men did--up close and personal.
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ISBN-13:
9780307784315
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
76,247
File size:
973 KB

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to beleave that this book is based on a real story, and writen by the Marine Scout Sniperthat the story is about. The story seems like it is a fistional story telling things that could have actualy hapened during the Vietnam war. Te only thing that remindes you that the story is nonfiction is that at the begining of every vilita there is a leter that he sendes to his mother from his curent outposed in Vietnam. I was VERY upset when it ended, talking about the doler bill that he and his freinds tor into four befor sgoing to boot camp, and how it still is not taped together after 20 years from coming out of the war even though thay all servived and came home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it is the best because of the fact that he starts evry other paragraph with a leter to his mother. And the story is in his point of veiw.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a PHENOMENALLY well written and easy to read book. Simply divine in it's depiction of a specific group with unmatched skills in their field during a time in our history that oddly very few even know much about. Though it is more widely available in paperback (of which I have purchased 6 copies and given them to friends) I also happened to have a limited edition hardbound. I enjoy this book very much not only for the information contained in it but also for captivated it keeps you and for that reason I have read it several times. I would like to own more books with Joseph Ward or any that reference him in them.  Sincerely,  Chancelar T. 
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lataxes More than 1 year ago
This book was very good and kept my intrest. Not many books keep my intrest. I enjoyed this book to the end and my husband also enjoyed it very much as well.
Ryanxia More than 1 year ago
Not much can be said that hasn't already about this book. I highly suggest reading it. It takes you from Joesh Ward's first day of boot to his tour in Vietnam right up to when he leaves. He covers a lot of aspects about the war. A must read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thru the deepest dungeon to the highest peak. Ward takes you thru his experience fighting in Vietnam. Some things are amazingly action packed. Others are so humbling, you'll be equally amazed. In here you will read what one good American or enemy sniper can do. Also about how he met a humble Medal of Honor recipient. The stress of war. The miraculous survival of a suicidal soldier who stood up in front of the enemy, untouched! Some of his kill assignments. Displays of humanity and inhumanity. All that and much much more.
Bernie-Weisz More than 1 year ago
Out of the many books I've read about the Viet Nam conflict, I was greatly taken aback by the title. I thought this would be a soft story of a G.I. complaining to his mom of the stress of war, but this book is nothing like that! I felt that I was actually there! The descriptions of combat, the feelings that Ward expresses, and the exerpts of Ward's letters to his mother truly convey how horrible this war was to the average 18-19 year old foot soldier. Without ruining the story to the potential reader, there was one anecdote of where Ward and his comrades find a 25 year old female NVA soldier barely alive and bleeding to death in a tunnel complex that the Americans discovered, and the description of how she was executed was so barbaric and horrible I couldn't stop thinking about it for days! Other topics discussed were 'Fragging', failed Vietnamization, the assasinations of the 'Phoenix Program', G.I. drug use and racial tensions. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book allows for a in-depth in sight into a soldier¿s mind and feeling. This book is so descriptive that when you read it you feel you right there with the soldiers fighting along side them you can almost feel the pain they feel and the heat of the jungle. So if your into action packed war stories then this book is right up you ally!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great and excitting! If you enjoy a good war story then this book is for you. Also this book is an easy reader. The words are not to big and and long if you know what I mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great book gives an inside look at what life was like for an elite sniper in Vietnam. Great stories inside the novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When our son left for the Navy--in a field that keeps me awake at night--a dear friend of ours handed me this book. Considering its vivid account of the brutality of war, it may seem like it was an odd choice, but just as strangely, I took great comfort in Mr. Ward's letters to his mother. Mothers will be mothers and sons will be sons. I am thankful for a son who tries to comfort me just as Mr. Ward tried to comfort his. I am also thankful I don't have to live with the consuming fear Mr. Ward's mother must have lived with. This is not an 'easy' book for a mother to read, you may have to set it down from time to time, but it's well worth it. It will move you and change you. For the better. By the way, the friend who gave me the book was Joey Posey--the same Joe Posey Mr. Ward speaks of. Though there are times you can tell Joey still carries the pain of his injuries, he never complains. He just carries on like a true Marine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child I used to watch war movies with my Dad, a Marine. As an adult who grew up in the tubulent 60's, I was fascinated by the title and the cover picture. Upon reading the book I was swept away by the author's vivid attention to detail, his personal account as a scout sniper, and his storytelling ability. To my disappointment I searched and did not find another book by Mr. Ward. Dear Author: please write another!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, As a former Marine I felt it was outstanding reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story. True too! I love true stories. If you enjoy the marines and if you love snipers. PICK THIS BOOK UP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The war was terrible, but J.T. was a born leader who proved to be remarkable. It brings honor to a questionable war and respect to all Marine snipers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.T Ward writes the perfect snipers book about his experince in Vietnam. Great book for people into the snipers world
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.T. Ward's book was like several other 'Sniper' books I have read. I was looking for the fine points of long range shooting, but discovered much more about the men like him - they LIVED THE WAR! Everyday risks, dangers, near hits, and (unfortunately for buddies) near misses, didn't stop them. I am inspired by the fact that J.T. and his kind handled situations that no man should be exposed to - that is: the necessary evil called WAR. God bless the many of the same kind who didn't come back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. Full of everything we DON'T want to know about Vietnam. Ward incorporates the letters he writes to his mother within the writings of his everyday experiences. Fascinating material. I only wish there was more photography. The graphic descriptions tend to make up for this only drawback, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.T. Ward brought home what most of us will never know: scars and memories of a war -- a war that we refused to see and one that he and many others like him paid for in more ways than one. I was held by his words, recollections, and letters home. It brought me closer to understanding the other side of the war. Very easy reading. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Vietnam or this era in general. Thank you so very much, Mr. Ward, for creating this great book to share with so many!