Don's Namby Franklin D. Rast, Leonard Martin, Gilda M. Agacer
Don's Nam is a vivid first-person account of war in Vietnam centered around the daily activities of the Orient Express, it is a story unlike any other account of the war. Written from a diary, and documented with operational reports, eyewitness accounts, journals, and photos, Rast eloquently and passionately takes the reader on a gut-wrenching roller coaster ride of horror, courage, and sacrifice that the headlines and TV news never saw. It is essential, poignant reading for those veterans who were in `Nam and cannot forget, and also for those who were not there, but strive to understand the electrifying intensity of what war is about.
Ride the primitive roads on dangerous convoys with the men of the Orient Express, and get a true feeling what it was like to be ambushed or mined in 1969 and 1970. Experience "Rat Patrols," rocket attacks, reconnaissance missions, and the political intrigue that made the war so difficult to fight using conventional methods. The men's stories, taken down in his muddy diary, and kept locked in an old army footlocker for twenty-eight years, jump to life off the pages and leave the reader crying, laughing, or just plainly boiling with rage as this dramatic account of the Vietnam war unfolds in a story that is truly spellbinding.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.