Touched by the Dragon: Experiences of Vietnam Veterans from Newport County, Rhode Island

Touched by the Dragon: Experiences of Vietnam Veterans from Newport County, Rhode Island

by Frank L. Grzyb, Grzyb
     
 

Touched by the Dragon details wartime accounts of average servicemen and women-some heroic, some frightening, some amusing, some nearly unbelievable-extracted from interviews with Vietnam War veterans residing in Newport County, Rhode Island. The work is a historical compendium of fascinating and compelling stories woven together in a theme format. What makes this… See more details below

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Touched by the Dragon details wartime accounts of average servicemen and women-some heroic, some frightening, some amusing, some nearly unbelievable-extracted from interviews with Vietnam War veterans residing in Newport County, Rhode Island. The work is a historical compendium of fascinating and compelling stories woven together in a theme format. What makes this book truly unique, however, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. Relating oral accounts, the veterans speak in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact way. As seen through the eyes of the veterans, the stories include first-person experiences of infantry soldiers, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a combat engineer, an intelligence soldier, and various support personnel. Personalities emerge gradually as the veterans discuss their pre war days, their training and preparation for Vietnam, and their actual in-country experiences. The stories speak of fear and survival: the paranoia of not knowing who or where the enemy was; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that could mangle a body or snuff out a life in a instant; and going home with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, but a Casket with Metal Handles. The veterans also speak friendships and simple acts of kindness. But more importantly, they speak of healing-both physical and mental.

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Booknews
Men, women, enlisted and officers, people in combat and those behind the lines talk about their memory of the experience after a quarter of a century. Their narratives are dissected and distributed among chapters on entering the service, basic training, preparations and departure, in-country, war experiences, fun and games, wounds and other distress, going home, the healing process, and comrades who did not return. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557531339
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
11/11/1998
Pages:
305
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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