The true story of a young Lieutenant making the transition from naive college kid to rifle platoon leader in the jungles of Vietnam. Captures the raw emotion of young men in combat, with the ups and downs of day to day life in an ugly war. Veterans will recognize the comradery and humor that shows often in the worst of times. Anyone who loves a Vet will know them better after this read.
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About the Author
Garry has spent most of his working life in the hospitality industry, and recently retired after years as a hotel manager in Hawaii. Garry and his wife, Vikki, take pleasure in the warmth of the sun, whether at a beach or on a golf course.
Future projects include a look at the lives of Garry’s OCS classmates, during and after their time in the military.
Like a lot of other young men who came home from Vietnam, I was angry; angry at the waste of young lives in a war that would eventually be repudiated by the majority of the country which had sent us there. I was bitter that the friends I had lost vanished in the ether, with very little to mark their time on this earth. I vowed to not let their names be lost to history, that I would find the time to write their story in the little vignettes and scraps of notes that I had kept during my time in the war.
I tried to write in the voice of the time. At times the language and the attitudes portrayed are harsh. I mean to offend no one, merely to tell it as we lived it. I wrote how I felt about it while it was happening. It is a little different than most stories about young men in war. I hope you will feel the emotions that we felt.
War is a pretty grim business, but there are chuckles and laughter along the way. I’d like to share the highs and the lows with you. I hope you enjoy the tale.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This well-written book on the Vietnam War compares very favorable with Eugene Sledge's classic book on the WWII Pacific campaign, "With the Old Breed." In both books, you get down and dirty with the men who experienced combat, and share their thoughts about the situations they find themselves in.
Still jaw dropping on the 5th re-read. Amazing memoir.
This is a great read that provides a good insight to the emotions of our service men.