Seven Short Stories of the Vietnam War

Seven Short Stories of the Vietnam War

by Sarge Lintecum

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Overview

Boonie Rat This fictional story is based on my first tour of duty in Vietnam of eleven months in the jungle with the 101st Airborne Division. This story gives a pretty good feel of what it was like being in the jungles of Vietnam hunting men. E Company Support Battalion This fictional story is based on my second tour of duty in Vietnam. It takes place at the base camp of the 101st Airborne (Paratroopers) when it was at Phan Rang, Vietnam. I wrote this one from the perspective of what it must have been like to have been assigned the bunk next to an obviously crazy combat veteran. Oh, by the way; Littman (the crazy vet) was me. Saigon Machine Gun Patrol "We were the Kings of Saigon, we couldn't do wrong, we protected the MP's from the Viet Cong." This story tells what it was like on my third tour of duty in an exciting job in Saigon, Vietnam. Now known as Ho Chi Minh City. I was a machine gunner, in charge of a gun jeep patrolling the city at night. The Curse of the Buddhist Monastery While in Vietnam I noticed that almost any Vietnamese would buy American money, at well over it's face value, for the black market. I made a joke in Nam that you could have sold them Monopoly money if it was printed on both sides. This murder mystery is based on that premise. The Life of Thanh Trung While I was in the jungles of Vietnam we came across many marvelous engineering feats that the Viet Cong had made or built deep in the jungle. This story is about what the life of a Viet Cong soldier must have been like. I Lit the Match This story is about the Tiger Force of the 101st Airborne Division. I try to show the transformation from average American teenagers to cold blooded killers that happens when orders to commit atrocities come from high up the chain of command. The Dagger PTSD was not the only demon soldiers brought back, as Master Sergeant Steven Dunlevy discovered when he was followed home by powerful spirits who cursed and tormented him for stealing a sacred dagger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543930498
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 03/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 7 MB

About the Author


Teacher, Recording Artist, Blues Man, Veterans Advocate, and Author, Sarge did three tours of duty in Vietnam, 1966-'67-'68. His first tour was eleven months in the jungle with the 101st Airborne Paratroopers as a Combat Infantryman. During that time, he advanced to Squad Leader. Sarge came down with malaria three times, jungle-rot, immersion-foot, two varieties of internal parasites, a shrapnel wound in his leg, exposure to Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which Sarge says is the "Vietnam Blues." Sarge received the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star and 1 Silver Service Star (to represent three tours of duty), Parachute Jump Wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a Valorous Unit Emblem, a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge and five Over-Seas Bars.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1

Authors Note 2

Editor's Note 3

Forward 5

I Boonie Rat 7

Chapter 1 Arrival in Nam 9

Chapter 2 The Jungle 14

Chapter 3 The Forward Base Camp 22

Chapter 4 The Hospital 34

Chapter 5 Back Out in the Boonies 38

Chapter 6 The Rear Base Camp 44

II E Company Support Battalion 53

Chapter 1 Vietnam 54

Chapter 2 The Smoking Circle 69

Chapter 3 The Strip 75

Chapter 4 Grenade! 80

Chapter 5 Sandbag City 86

Chapter 6 Chopper Down 92

III Saigon Machine Gun Patrol 96

Chapter 1 Saigon 98

Chapter 2 Explosion at the Police Station 106

Chapter 3 Who is the Enemy? 114

Chapter 4 Threat from Within 121

Chapter 5 The New Driver 124

Chapter 6 The Colonel 129

IV The Curse of the Buddhist Monastery 135

Chapter 1 The Monastery 137

Chapter 2 The Non-Combat Mission 142

Chapter 3 The Money Rolls In 147

Chapter 4 The Sky is Falling 153

Chapter 5 The Homecoming 157

Chapter 6 Homeless in America 163

V I Lit The Match 170

Chapter 1 I Lit the Match 171

Chapter 2 Tiger Force 179

Chapter 3 The Ambush 186

Chapter 4 The Village 193

Chapter 5 The Firefight 197

Chapter 6 Extraction 201

Chapter 7 The Homecoming 210

VI The Dagger 215

Chapter 1 The Curse 216

Chapter 2 Dinner in the Boonies 223

Chapter 3 Lost Ancient Treasure 230

Chapter 4 Family Life 237

Chapter 5 Evidence 244

Chapter 6 The Psychic 249

Chapter 7 The Visiting Monks 254

VII The Life of Thanh Trung 258

Chapter 1 The Village 259

Chapter 2 War Reaches the Village 266

Chapter 3 The Viet Cong 272

Chapter 4 Traveling by Night 279

Chapter 5 The Mountain Side 284

Chapter 6 Buried Rice 290

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