Tans:The Tans Collection, Volume I

Tans:The Tans Collection, Volume I

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by John Klawitter, Jack Waer, Harlan Olson
     
 

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She talked to the girl in Vietnamese and gave her a key. The young woman looked at me rather shyly and motioned for me to follow. We went together down another hall and stopped at a bedroom door. She unlocked it and beckoned me to come in.
—from "The Boy Soldier & The Prostitute", by Gary Lorentzen
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All this and more in TANS:

She talked to the girl in Vietnamese and gave her a key. The young woman looked at me rather shyly and motioned for me to follow. We went together down another hall and stopped at a bedroom door. She unlocked it and beckoned me to come in.
—from "The Boy Soldier & The Prostitute", by Gary Lorentzen
The rope gave a couple of jerks before Ole got back, and there was a bunch of Okinawan fishermen cheering him on. He increased his speed, which didn't seem possible. You would have thought he was trying out for the shell singles in the Olympics.
—from "SGT Olsen Goes Fishing", by Hal Castle

Ba-da-boomp bang, Ba-da-boomp bang, Ba-da-boomp bang! went the tires of the jeep and trailer as we bounced over the dead men. "Haw haw" exclaimed the Sergeant as he stomped the brake peddle and skidded to a halt in a cloud of dust.
—from "Close Calls" by Dave Parks

The males were pretty horny and would try to screw anything, each other, tent poles, legs, trees, everything but the female. Everybody was kind of bummed out about that, millions of goats in the world and we had to get the two queer ones.
—from "Goat Stories", by Don Collins

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ISBN-13:
9780595217298
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/07/2002
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
512,182
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Tans:The Tans Collection, Volume I 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I alternated between crying and laughing while on the DC Metro while reading the book. Got some wierd looks but who gives a damn. Some of the stories were of people I knew during 69-75 and of a couple i've met since reading it. Cant wait for Volume II to come out. Survivor of 224th Avn Bn (RR), 1st RR Co (AVN), 7th RRFS, VHFS and HAFB ASA WILL ALWAYS LIVE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A smorgasboard of both story and memoir, there is something here for the career ASA vet as well as the 'temp' help, the single term enlistee. The book is earnest testimony by those swept up in the national discourse of a society wildly at odds with itself, a period in which the future was not entirely in their own hands. In sum, it is account of young men trying to accomodate their obligations as citizens with their own well-being, but not without the occasional belly laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for people interested in little pieces of unrecorded history. Most of these stories occured in Vietnam, and were written by members of the Army Security Agency. Some of them will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but all will aquaint you with what it was really like on a day to day basis for the guys that worked, lived and died in South Vietnam from the mid 50's to the late 70's. Until recently the very presence of the ASA in Vietnam wasn't even acknowledged by the U.S. Government. These units were operating under the guise of a Radio Research Unit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are memories that these people must never allow to be forgotten. I cried a little, I laughed a lot and I would place this book in the 'Must Read' category. I certainly hope there is a Vol II. Mr Klawitter has done an excellent job in piecing together these stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last, the guys of the Army Sceurity Agency have found their collective voice and have written about some of their more famous and perhaps infamous stories. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to get a different perspective from the men whose existence was not acknowledged by our government until recently. It's a welcome addition to the library of anyone who wishes to know more about this war from the viewpoint of the men who served.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went over thirty years unable to tell anyone what I did in the Army. At last some of the 'Shadow Warriors' are telling their stories. Unclassified vignettes, but gripping and graphic in many cases. Many long-dormant memories were awakened. It's about time! We have earned some long due recognition. ASA lives! A 3rd RRU and 11th RRU Vietnam vet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stories in this collection are 'living history' unlike any ever written. Unusual, hilarious, tragic and bittersweet are only a few adjectives that apply to this well-edited treasure. Hopefully there is a volume two in the works. I'm interested in reading more stories from these talented writers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book with true stories that are both funny and devastating. Finally a book about us by us. I served in one these units and finally a voice that tells the story. I give 5 stars because I am limited by B&N.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great read and introduction into a group of guys that held the highest clearances in the military. You'll laugh, cry and sit back and reflect on a time in history so dear to many of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by mostly amature writers who all share a common background in the Army Security Agency, this book is outstanding for showing the human side of the people who went out and gathered the intellignece that helped the country fight its wars - hot or cold. Filled with pathos, bathos and more than one touch of humor, it is an excellent read. It is a little rough, but then so were the times and people.