Memoirs of a Rear Echelon M***** F*****

Memoirs of a Rear Echelon M***** F*****

by Steve Lefelt


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Most books written about the Vietnam War focus on those who actually fought and died in that conflict. In this memoir, the author recounts his memories from 1966-67 when he was the 40th Signal Battalion's Adjutant in the early years of the Vietnam war. The book describes some of the turmoil that was roiling this country at home and over there, and the challenges confronting and sometimes terrorizing the author as a soldier not directly involved in the war's violence. It also explains how his experiences fostered his life long love of adventure and shaped his personality, character, and future professional career as a judge in New Jersey's Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543938777
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 09/17/2018
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Former Army Captain, Rutgers University graduate, practicing lawyer, legal educator, and retired Superior Court Appellate Division Presiding Judge

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Introduction xi

Part 1 Beginnings 1

"I had no clue." 3

"Cloistered schnooks" 9

Fort Gordon, Georgia 13

Fort Lewis and A Fortuitous Meeting 18

History of Our Vietnam Involvement 30

A Good Boy 35

Early days in Saigon 38

Part 2 Long Binh 59

Not Yet the Air Conditioned Jungle 61

Colonel Cole - An Officer's Officer 68

Lieutenant Colonel Lamar - A Fine Officer 73

Lt. Colonel Wane - The Twitcher 87

Colonel Brownfield - A Real Piece of Work 94

Sergeant Major Young - My Nemesis 97

Warrant Officer Jackson -George Washington's Personnel Officer 103

PFC Bressler - a World Class Scrounger 106

Don Robinson - "dinky dau" 109

Peter Friend - A Consummate Womanizer and My Best Friend 111

Work in Long Binh- My Self Worth 117

Our Civilian Workers - Shattering My Naivety 134

Contacting Loved Ones - well before social media 150

The War's Violence - best teacher I ever had 155

Trip to Bangkok with Pete and Meeting Carol in Hawaii 172

Using My Legal Skills in Vietnam 183

Leisure Time 199

Travel to Qui Nhon and Cam Rahn 208

Part 3 Final Days 213

Finishing Up 215

Growing Anti-War Sentiment 218

Arrival Of My Replacement 224

Leaving Vietnam 228

Final Thoughts 233

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