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Don't Tell Me: A story of love, betrayal, and uncommon valor during the Vietnam War

Don't Tell Me: A story of love, betrayal, and uncommon valor during the Vietnam War

by Ray Fuentez


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In May, 1966, a promising future awaits Hospital Corpsman Ruben Flores as he approaches graduation from The University of Texas and the coveted transition from the enlisted ranks to an officer's commission in the US Navy until a chance sighting of his wife Nancy in the arms of Ruben's best friend spirals his life out of control.

Fear of losing Nancy results in a failing grade on a final exam, terminates his career plans, and all but guarantees a fast-track deployment to Vietnam. A fellow petty officer's involvement with dealing drugs gets the man killed, dumps his six-month-old baby girl into Ruben and Nancy's care, and puts the three of them in the crosshairs of a cartel's minions.

Orders to join a Marine combat unit in South Vietnam force him to leave Nancy and the baby for a one-year tour, brutally shortened by life-threatening wounds when Ruben heroically rescues his best friend from a downed, burning helicopter.

Don't Tell Me is a story of compounding errors and misunderstandings whose disastrous consequences can be overcome only by those who are truly in love forever

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ISBN-13: 9781530763009
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2016
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Ray Fuentez graduated in 1966 from The University of Texas in Austin as part of the US Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program and spent the early years of the Vietnam War serving as an officer on destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin and the South China Sea. He became a navy cryptologist and graduated from the US Naval Postgraduate school in 1977. While assigned to the Navy's Space and Electronics Warfare Systems Command, Ray was awarded the Legion of Merit for his role in developing a state-of-the-art shipboard cryptologic exploitation system.

Ray retired from the Navy with 23 years of service and with his wife, Patti, founded a software engineering and systems integration company. During his 20 years as a successful business owner, Ray attended The College of Charleston, taking creative writing and graduate-level literary research courses.

Ray and Patti now live in Austin, Texas with their adopted son, Charles Raymond.

Don't Tell Me is Ray's first novel.

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