Rockets like Rain: A Year in Vietnam

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Overview

Ten men from the little town of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin were killed in the Vietnam War; Dale Reich survived. He wants his hometown heroes and the war that took them to be remembered. This is the story of his year as an American infantryman in Vietnam-365 unforgettable days that took Dale 30 years to finally write about.
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The tiny Wisconsin town of Oconomowoc lost 10 young men to the war in Vietnam. One who survived was Dale Reich, who approximately 30 years later has put his 365-day experience into words. Reich was in the infantry until a bout with malaria almost killed him, after which he served both in the rear and with his troops until an offer from the army's Public Information Office put him in a position to observe and reflect on the war. He successfully recounts how for every soldier the goal of winning the war became secondary to surviving the 365 days and then rotating out--in one piece. In six months, dreams of medals and John Wayne-like heroics gave way to the reality of avoiding enemy rockets, shrapnel, and booby traps. Even with a PIO position, the enemy was always close and within firing distance. Reich has added to the extensive Vietnam War literature a readable and profoundly personal account of his year there.
Marlene Chamberlain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555716158
  • Publisher: L & R Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 827,692
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Reich was raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. After graduation from high school in 1965 he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and two years later he volunteered for the draft. He left for Vietnam in June, 1968, and returned home one year later. He holds a BA in Journalism and a MA in History from the University of Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Chapter 1 From Campus to Combat 1
Chapter 2 Doesn't Anyone Care? 5
Chapter 3 Death: Odds At 5-1 15
Chapter 4 Land of Shattered Images 33
Chapter 5 To Kill, Or Not 51
Chapter 6 The Helter-Skelter War 85
Chapter 7 A Dream Comes True 103
Chapter 8 Rockets, Like Rain 121
Chapter 9 Three Days To Freedom 133
Chapter 10 Winners And Losers 137
Glossary 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    One man's story

    Not since Apocalypse Now has a Viet Nam story moved me so deeply. The film made me feel the raw fear and mindless cruelty of war. When the GI¿s stepped off the boat to face the unknown terror of the faceless jungle ahead of them, I, too was gripped in fear and panic. The impact of that emotion has never left me. Often, I have wondered how I would have behaved had I truly had to face the reality of that fear. Dale Reich talks about it. He faces the evil that I only suspected was lurking in that jungle. He was changed by it, as you will be after reading this book. Rockets Like Rain is one man¿s very poignant, very personal, and very honest account of a year in Viet Nam as an infantryman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    An On Target Portrayal

    A truly eye opening view of that forgotten war in Viet Nam. Dale Reich's realistic portrayal of his months as a front line soldier put the reader there too. I could visualize the unbearable surroundings and constant fear felt by the soldiers. This book enhanced the respect I have for those who had and have to endure what Reich did. My appreciation and praise to Dale for his sincere and successful effort in the production of Rockets Like Rain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    The Reality of War!

    ROCKETS LIKE RAIN tells a story that has been repeated throughout history- a young, naive man fighting in a war. These personal experiences that Dale Reich writes about proved to me once again that, ¿War is hell!¿. This book is on par with the classic novel, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, by Erich Maria Remarque. I was the mother of two small sons and the wife of a Viet Nam era veteran when Reich was living his nightmare and trying to survive. I thank God that my sons did not have to experience combat when they reached manhood, but I hope that they will examine the history of Viet Nam closely, read this book, and learn some of the lessons war teaches without actually experiencing it. This is one book all young people should read, especially after the ¿Attack on America¿ on 9/11/01. It will help them understand the reality of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    Reich Articulates the 'Climate' of the Viet Nam Era

    For anyone who was alive during the Vietnam war era, or for someone who seeks a sense of what that war meant to Americans at the time, this is a 'must read'. 'Rockets Like Rain' is more than the story of one man's experiences in Vietnam. I am sure those who were there will appreciate Mr. Reich's ability to articulate the sense of duty and bravado that was overtaken by a sense of futility, fear and basic instinct for survival, that was the experience of many. Some, like me, successfully 'surfed' the deferment loopholes, or just plain got lucky when the lottery system was implemented and thereby avoided the horror of going to war. Never-the-less,our experience included the apprehensions, fears and anxieties; the uncertainty of our futures and the questioning of our country's motivations and integrity. This is my recollection of the Vietnam era; one that Mr. Reich 'fleshes out' in the early chapters of 'Rockets Like Rain'. Read this Book!

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