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Vietnam 1967-1971: Danger, Affliction, Toil, Heartbreak, and Stolen Years

Vietnam 1967-1971: Danger, Affliction, Toil, Heartbreak, and Stolen Years

by John Lund


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The greatest American disaster of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War. President Johnson and Nixon both lied to the American public to gain political advantage over their opponent to win a presidential race.

As presidents, neither had a winning strategy to end the Vietnam war as American youth were sucked up in a vortex of deceit to serve a war fought with ill-prepared and deteriorating World War Two naval ships. These naval ships were plagued with personnel shortages, inadequate trained personnel, a lack of critical talent, lists of discrepancies and predictable casualties. I was a enlisted sailor who served on an ill-prepared aircraft carrier, forced to endure extreme mental and physical working, living, social conditions that included extended separation from my wife. The toil, affliction, danger and heartbreak lead to four stolen years of my life.

As a youth graduating from high school in nineteen-sixty-seven I had three choices. Wait for a draft notice to arrive in the mail (which was a sure thing), enlist in the military or flea to Canada. Reality, none were good choices.

My story details the life of an eighteen-year-old enlisted sailor whose life changed overnight on the day he reported for duty. The extreme working, living and social conditions aboard a naval ship deployed to a war zone where short of inhuman. The politics surrounding the war created untenable conditions I describe during my service aboard the USS Hancock. There are tens of thousands Vietnam veterans that could write a story equal to or worse than the story your about to read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946195319
Publisher: JJ's Product Development
Publication date: 02/13/2019
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 274,258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Navy in June 1971, the author gained employment as a stationary engineer operating, maintaining and repairing Facility systems such as electrical, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, boilers and so on. After several promotions through the years, his final responsibility was director of facilities for a large life insurance company. The author held a State of Minnesota Chief Engineers Boilers License and three professional designations from the Building Owners Management Associations (BOMA) and The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Table of Contents

Preface. 9

Introduction.. 11

Politics and the Vietnam War. 17

Growing Up in Small-Town Minnesota. 31

Leaving Home: Boot Camp. 45

Reporting aboard the USS Hancock. 63

February 3, 1968: Married. 81

Operation Rolling Thunder. 101

Politics, War, and Arduous Life at Sea. 133

The Final Months of My First Deployment. 157

Stateside: 1969. 187

Second Deployment to Vietnam... 199

Stateside: 1970.. 231

My Third Deployment to Vietnam... 239

Returning Home: 1971. 273

The Hidden Enemy. 279

Final Thoughts. 295

Acknowledgments. 296

About the Author. 297

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