The Lighter Side of Vietnam

The Lighter Side of Vietnam


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Ceaseless gunfire. Gruesome injuries. Enemies lurking in the dark, muggy jungle-these are the images most people see when they imagine the Vietnam War.

In Pat Capainolo's gripping and very human autobiography, we get a much different viewpoint on this historical event. Rather than the horrors of daily enemy assaults, Capainolo describes entirely unexpected dangers-his fellow soldiers.

That included Bates-a madman who every day lived up to his nickname from the film Psycho-as well as the soldier who sold sodas from his fridge but got violent when asked for change.

The memoir encompasses Capainolo's life from birth in the wake of World War II to his service in Cam Ranh Bay. At every step, Capainolo weaves his story with unwavering honesty, attention to detail, and a touch of humor, creating a captivating look at one man's life and all the crucial ways in which the military derailed, heightened, and shaped the entire course of his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530881390
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2016
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Pat Capainolo was born to a US Army soldier and a French mother shortly after World War II. After a two-year stint in Frankfurt, Germany, the whole family moved to the Bronx, where they stayed until Capainolo was fifteen. They then moved to Patchogue, New York.

Two years after graduating from Patchogue High School in 1964, Capainolo was drafted and inducted into the US Army. He served two years with the Transportation Corps, including one year in Vietnam and Thailand during the war.

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