A stark look at Vietnam Veterans, the War and how We let Them down. This is a Call To Duty for everyone to thank your Veterans today, and a reminder to the media and politicians to value every soldier as if they were their own sons and daughters. Without a nation's support, soldiers cannot survive.
- Brian Williams; Major, U.S. Army
Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
"Dusty" Earl Trimmer's "Condemned Property" is an extremely personal and comprehensive outline of multiple aspects of the Vietnam War. While written primarily for the benefit of his fellow veterans, he has captured the essence of those multiple aspects of the war for all readers. From his experiences in the jungle of Vietnam to dealing with his own post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and physical ailments, returning to the hostile environment of the population, betrayal by the government in accepting its role of caring for and compensating those affected veterans, "Condemned Property" presents a journey from pre-war innocence to today's political circumstance. "Condemned Property" is in the spirit of the philosopher George Santayana's saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- William E. Cornell Jr.; Author
President, Cornell & Associates
Dusty, this is such a great book. Your memories and stories are very moving an I am sure that writing this book has been a great catharsis for you. I applaud you for having the courage to actually put it in a written format (after actually writing it in your head for all these years!). These stories need to be told. This book needs to be published.
- LaDonna Herrera; President/CEO
Marketing Ideas & Designs
"Dusty" Earl Trimmer came down to see me in Columbus, Ohio in March 1968, just a couple days before he was scheduled to leave for Vietnam. I was at Ohio State University and living in the Delta Chi Fraternity House. At the time I thought that I was a little something just because I was pledge class president and a member of the Ohio State wrestling team...that was before I received letters from Nam, from Dusty...before he earned his many military medals/accolades. Then I saw how small I was in comparison...and how small some of my buddy All-Americans at other universities were in comparison to what Dusty and his Nam-mates were doing. I have known "Dusty" Earl Trimmer, who is the author of Condemned Property? Soldiers of the Vietnam War for over forty years. If I could only use three words to describe him, they would be: passionate, fearless, and straightforward. This description and more is why I recommend his book as "must reading" for anyone...veteran and non-veteran alike that wants greater insights into the truths about the Vietnam War, it's devastating aftermath, and how combat soldiers and those who love them are coping with both...today. I have read it twice. It will move you, teach you, motivate you and it may change you because you read it.
- Gary Ockunzzi; Lifelong Friend
Korean DMZ Conflict Veteran, U.S. Navy
Condemned Property? was an eye opening and emotional read for my entire family. Never having been exposed to the raw truths of the Vietnam War, it was heart wrenching to learn of the ultimate sacrifice made by Vietnam Combat Vets to protect OUR freedom, the horror and trauma they endured, their strong bond of brotherhood, sheer determination to survive and lack of respect by our citizens upon their return. We owe a debt of gratitude to the author for putting pen to paper to create a powerfully true vision of the life of a Combat Infantry Warrior in the Vietnam War and his continued fight for survival today.
- Cheryl Strenk, Wife & Mother
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The BEST depiction of the WAR as I saw it! I was stationed at the same location as Dusty! I can see and taste the War to some extent as he did! Our experiences are Unique and in Quality , Quantity personally to each of us and us alone
This is a great book that tells the life of a Combat Infantryman from the jungles of Vietnam to over 50 years of fighting with the V.A. The book was released before the presant V.A. scandal and shows the human side of the story.A great read for someone who wants to see the real story our soldiers have to put up with trying to get the help they need and not the media distortions. Highly recomended read . Gary Kay
I have only just started to read this book but being a combat infantryman (67-68) with the 199th Light Infantry this book is a no nonsense no frills book about what really happened in country. It does not cover only what the media wanted you to know, a must read for all C.I.B. recipients.
I just want to thank “Dusty” Trimmer, Author, for having the courage, taking the time, and putting in words what so many of our combat troops were not able to even talk about during and after return from Vietnam. The struggle for recovery of our Vietnam Combat Veterans is a daily battle; PTSD, physical ailments, isolation, and the battle continues today. His story echoes the thoughts, experiences, and feelings of so many war veterans. His enlightening and vivid description of what he experienced during Vietnam will surely help many Vietnam Veterans realize one strong result, “it is alright to talk about Vietnam.” This book is a “must read” for all war veterans, as well as every individual in America. It is a true picture, a mind and eye opening view of what our Combat Troops experienced in Vietnam, and reveals a disturbing attitude of America, and what these men faced during their return home to America. Ed Fontaine, ADJ2, U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran ’65-‘66
This is an extremely well written, truthful book about the war in Nam. Some books sugarcoat or play politics in prose on what it was really like over there (especially as a combat soldier), but author Dusty Trimmer, a Bronze Star for Valor veteran, DOESN'T! I bought the book, couldn't put it down, and refer back to it from time to time (it is a coffee table kind of 'keeper' book).
A tale that represents the True Grit of our Vietnam Era.
I think that if you read just one book about the Vietnam War, that book should be Condemned Property?! The author writes truthfully and passionately about his experiences in that war, he also took the time and at his own expense, interviewed other veterans of Vietnam, compiling a well documented variety of true combat veterans experiences. But he takes it further by interspersing his life story, both before, during, and after being in Vietnam, in a way that his experiences can help other struggling veterans and also educate the public-in-general about its atrocities. Besides that, Condemned Property is written in a readable, non-pontificating format so that everyone that reads it can understand it. Respectfully submitted, Gary Ockunzzi, U.S. Navy Veteran.