Draft day, May 13, 1970, Bob Wood enters the U.S. Army. Unbeknownst to his family, Bob seeks to win the war in Vietnam to help stamp out the spread of communism in Asia. However, starting with his trip to the induction station in Memphis, Tennessee, he learns that not ...
Draft day, May 13, 1970, Bob Wood enters the U.S. Army. Unbeknownst to his
family, Bob seeks to win the war in Vietnam to help stamp out the spread of
communism in Asia. However, starting with his trip to the induction station in
Memphis, Tennessee, he learns that not everyone shares his belief or his
patriotism. Looked upon as an Uncle Tom, by other fellow black soldiers, Bob
upholds his commitment to give his life for a constitution meant to exclude him.
His white Noncommissioned Officer Supervisors and company Commanders
question his motive for wanting to go to Vietnam; saying he was probably seeking
To make matters worse, Bob Wood finds himself torn between being loyal to the
army establishment, and fighting the injustice he and his fellow black soldiers
experience on a daily basis. While assigned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he
doesn’t help himself or the black soldiers’ cause by getting involved with the
daughter of the white commander of the United States Army Disciplinary Barracks.
Follow Bob Wood's journey from a small town in Lakeview, Arkansas to a world he
never knew existed. He joined the military with the hopes and dreams of making a
difference. Will he rise above the racism and oppression and stand for his beliefs,
or will he conform in order to survive?
Robert M. Wade, Robert M. Wade was born December 28, 1950 on a rural farm in Mobile,
Alabama when cotton was still "King." He dropped out of high school at age sixteen and
received his GED from Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos, Texas in 1968. In 1970, Wade
entered in the United States Army during the Vietnam War Era. During a distinguished
military career, Wade received numerous awards and decorations for dedication to duty and country. It was while on active duty Wade, took up poetry.
While stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska and at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, Wade received the opportunity to publish his work on a recurring basis. In 1988 his poem, "Black Soldiers of Honor" graced the 5th U.S. Army Poster used during Black History Month at Ft. Sam Houston honoring the service of African American soldiers throughout America's history. He also received accolades from General Colin Powell, the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzales, former First Lady, now Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Barbara Bush, to name a few.