Vietnam: Second Chance [NOOK Book]

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*Vietnam: Second Chance* by Ralph Roberts ... It’s been over 40 years now since I served with the 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army, in Vietnam. I did my duty and was decorated with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge among other awards. I came back and have lived a useful and successful life in the intervening decades, like the main character in “Second Chance.”

In the fullness of time and in the light of history, I’ve come to believe we did not “lose” the Vietnam War. Rather, in the complete overview ...
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*Vietnam: Second Chance* by Ralph Roberts ... It’s been over 40 years now since I served with the 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army, in Vietnam. I did my duty and was decorated with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge among other awards. I came back and have lived a useful and successful life in the intervening decades, like the main character in “Second Chance.”

In the fullness of time and in the light of history, I’ve come to believe we did not “lose” the Vietnam War. Rather, in the complete overview of the cold war, Vietnam contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the stopping the spread of Communism. In short, we won by outspending (as Ronald Reagan called them) “The Evil Empire. It took decades, it was n
ot especially elegant or efficient, but it worked. We were victorious in the Cold War. No need for wish fulfillment there. Despite ourselves, America eventually triumphed over Communism and has moved on to other enemies.

Yet, back in the day, fighting there in the jungles and on the rubber plantations, the great panorama of history was far from our minds. We saw and experienced terrible things, risked our lives to take minor objectives, saw our brothers exhibit great bravely and pay the ultimate sacrifice. The crack of AK-47s, the booby traps, the rockets and mortars, those green tracers from the .51 caliber machine guns of the NVA, the blood on the green foliage, the constant danger— that was not historic, that was _personal_.

In the Vietnam War, there were 58,282 Americans killed in action — now names on the Wall, the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.. Those who paid that awful price and the over two million of us who made it back to “the world” in more or less one piece (sometimes tragically “less”), we all paid in our various ways. That debt, especially of this band of brothers to each other, is what caused me to ask the question: _If you had it to do over again, what would you do, how would you fix it?_

I am a science fiction writer. Perhaps this story is wish fulfillment — if so, it is a _just_ wish — but I would like to think that in some universe, somewhere, our debt to each other gets paid. This is what I wish.

-- Ralph Roberts
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015926248
  • Publisher: aBooks
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet the Author

Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article “Down with Typewriters” in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His best sellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. He is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as Amazon.com. He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Previously for Packt, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting, Google App Inventor, and Google Plus First Look. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses.
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