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Chaplain's Assistant: God, Country, and Vietnam
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Chaplain's Assistant: God, Country, and Vietnam

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by J. T. Caldwell
 

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August 1969--Ted Bertson is back from a summer of singing in Italy, thinking that he and his wife, Karen, will soon be living their dream. They are entering the fourth year of a good marriage; he has a signed contract from the University of Dubuque to join the music faculty; and they will soon be starting a family.

Then a draft notice arrives in the mail. Two

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August 1969--Ted Bertson is back from a summer of singing in Italy, thinking that he and his wife, Karen, will soon be living their dream. They are entering the fourth year of a good marriage; he has a signed contract from the University of Dubuque to join the music faculty; and they will soon be starting a family.

Then a draft notice arrives in the mail. Two weeks later, Bertson is in the U.S. Army. Four months later, he is in Vietnam serving as an Army chaplain�s assistant, a job that few people know about. It sounds like a cushy job that will keep him "behind the lines"--�except in Vietnam there are no lines. No person or place is completely safe.

Behind every soldier in the field there are ten "support troops" who do the paperwork, make sure supplies are delivered, tend to the wounded, and care for their spiritual and emotional needs. Support troops are not considered to be heroic, but in Vietnam they are often attacked because they are necessary.

The Chaplain�s Assistant: God, Country, and Vietnam, the story of just one of those under-the-radar support troops, details an experience that forever changes Bertson and his love for the country he serves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595407521
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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The Chaplain's Assistant 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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MargoMI More than 1 year ago
A compelling story told the way only someone was there could write it. It brought back memories of that period of history. And reminded me again of how brave all those very young men and women were. War tears families apart both physically and emotionally and we should work harder to provide support to all our veterans, past and present.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
J T Caldwell¿s book The Chaplains Assistant is a must read for any one who has served, is serving or knows some one serving in the Armed Services. It depicts the feelings that a solder, Ted Bertson, experiences as he is away serving our country in Vietnam. Being a low-ranking enlisted man in an army that is fighting a controversial war, Ted finds himself fighting with an unexpected enemy, his own fears. Caldwell puts into words feelings that solders often can not describe to those who are close to them. Having suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 'PTSD' himself, Caldwell¿s book is a spokesman for our troops and veterans. Through this book you will find yourself crying, laughing, and clenching the armrest of your chair as you wonder what will happen next. For those who have served, you will find yourself re-experiencing feelings that where once so common as you were away serving. No matter who you are, everyone can relate to the story of Ted Bertson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldwell's book should come with a warning that you shouldn't pick it up if you have something else pressing. If you lived through all or part of the Vietnam War era, this book will be hard to put down because it tells another side of this war from a different perspective. It's a compelling story from a fine writer with an eye to ambiance and detail. Caldwell manages to capture the country, the war, and the people caught up in it in a way that is emotional, profane, sexy and heart-breaking. I heard about this fast read from a friend who was also intrigued by it and finished it in 3 hectic days that ended on Memorial Day weekend. It would make a great gift to a Vietnam vet, I think, but better include a box of Kleenex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was almost finished with this book that I borrowed and had 3 days left to read and when I opened it tonight, it said the lending period expired but still says 2 days left. What I was able to read of it was really intriguing and I enjoyed it. Hope I can finish it sometime. I don't want to pay 7.99$ for a nook book, if it is more than 1.99$ I'd rather buy an actual book.