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Stay Safe, Buddy
     

Stay Safe, Buddy

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by J. Charles Cheek
 

Promised that he won't have to fight in combat, instead of being drafted for two years, 19-year-old John Lefter enlists for a three-year hitch in the Army Security Agency and ends up in the Korean War. At first, Lefter has a “candy ass” assignment 30 miles behind the fighting area. He spends a lot of time drinking beer, laughing, and partying. Then he

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Promised that he won't have to fight in combat, instead of being drafted for two years, 19-year-old John Lefter enlists for a three-year hitch in the Army Security Agency and ends up in the Korean War. At first, Lefter has a “candy ass” assignment 30 miles behind the fighting area. He spends a lot of time drinking beer, laughing, and partying. Then he is forced to face his own mortality after being assigned bunker duty in the fighting area. He breaks down after his foul-mouthed buddy is hit with burp gun fire while saving Lefter's life. In a hospital psychiatric ward, his recovery is aided dramatically by an innovative doctor and the only man he has ever hated. Back on the front line and atop the bunker celebrating just after the cease-fire, Lefter is again confronted with a shocking incident that takes him over fifty years to find closure for.

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ISBN-13:
9781592866311
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
0.67(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Stay Safe, Buddy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I took the book STAY SAFE, BUDDY with me on our 2-week vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and sat up late one night to read it. It was so interesting that I couldn¿t stop reading until I finished the entire book. I cried a lot and laughed too. That Mewman was some crazy guy. He also was a hero. I could feel the concern when the soldiers used the phrase, ¿Stay safe, Buddy.¿ The book is a very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and wanted to congratulate the author on a fine work. . I found it well done, gripping, and vivid. Not the Korea I saw in 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear J. Charles: Just finished reading our book 'Stay Safe, Buddy.' Enjoyed it immensely. Having spent 14 months over there with 1st Weapons Company and then Chalie Company, 1st Marine Division, I could visualize the terrain as I read. My wife thought I was nuts beacause I would suddenly break out laughing in the middle of the night. I could see many of my buddies in similar circumstances. Having been a Corpsman wht the Marines, I can visualize myself as Doc Teele except that I wouldn't know what to do as a full bird colonel. Again, Thanks for writing the book. It made me remember. Semper Fi, Buddy. John 'Doc Steele'
Guest More than 1 year ago
One evening at, 11:30 PM, I decided I would read a bit on Stay Safe, Buddy. At 3:30 AM my eyes were blurring so I had to put the book down. I could not wait to get back to the book. I really enjoyed reading Stay Safe, Buddy and experienced a wide range of emotions from tears to 'belly laughs' as Lefter called them. At one point in my military service I was Officer In Charge of the Classified Message Center at Division Artillery and Crypto Custodian. As a result, I could identify with many of the characters in the book, their jobs and the situations which were so realistically portrayed. The author revealed to us a part of the military combat situation that is seldom discussed because of it's security nature. It was a story that needed to be told and the author did a magnificent job of letting us in on combat experience in Korea. This book is a must read for any Korean Vet or any Vet for that matter. I recently read a newspaper article about a group of Infantrymen leaving their unit position on a patrol. As they parted one of the troopers hollered, 'Stay Safe, Buddy' so the expression is still alive in the combat zone. I can't even imagine the emotions the author went through while recalling his experiences. My thanks for him doing so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this novel. I am sitting here pondering the story with emotions that don't know if I should laugh, cry or scream. War is Hell. Wonderful job of telling it like it is. It would make a great movie! Keep it up, Harley