West Dickens Avenue: A Marine at Khe Sanh

West Dickens Avenue: A Marine at Khe Sanh

by John Corbett

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ISBN-13: 9780891418351
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,262,202
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

John Corbett returned home to Nyack, New York, following his service in Vietnam. He now lives in Key Largo, Florida. West Dickens Avenue is his first book.

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1: Enlistment

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West Dickens Avenue: A Marine at Khe Sanh 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives nice look into what it must have been like under constant threat of death
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The author gave us the facts of a dreadful battle that lacked his emotions of what he saw and did. If was as though he used a "deadpan" voice to tell us a story. For example , "I looked and saw a soldier shot and kill". Omitting the emotional impact that the incindent caused him. I do not know if the wall he built around himself to protect him during the war has ever been knocked down. Thank you for what you gave up to perform the duties you were ordered to do. Your sacrifice was large.
BarryS55 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a well-written book abount a very significant battle in the war. I was in Nam but not at Khe Sanh but the story rang true to me. BarryS55
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is gret it really tells how it was at Khe Sahn. Definetly for anyone who wants to know it from a marines point of view. not enough diolouge though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Corbett tells it like it was at Khe Sanh.His memory for his history is fantastic.Reading this book,you can almost put yourself in John's place at W. Dickens Ave.,Khe Sanh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! Its hard to put down and it really tells the marine's story at Khe Sanh well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having served in the Marines, a few years before the Vietnam build-up, I thankfully, did not visit Nam. This account exemplifies the Marine experience without grandstanding. Corbett's admission of fear, his steadfast adherence to Marine training and philosophy, and his honor under extreme conditions deserves our tribute. I honestly wish every American could read and experience the thoughts and recollections this Marine has shared in a concise account, some 35 years after living it. SEMPER FI.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written account of such an intense experience. Mr. Corbett is able to boil down intense moments in history into precise thoughts and comments. Walking on the edge of past and present tense puts the reader in the nightmare, the dreamstate, that was Khe Sanh. I ran when he ran...NVA mortars raining in on the Marines...I have read of the battle in the past, but not until reading Corbett do I feel I have a vivid, personal description of the base, the surrounding terrain, and the state and conduct of the US Marines that defended the dusty red hills of Khe Sanh. Corbett is a gentle man by nature, observant and self-critical...served admirably...another outstanding example of the thousands of anonymous US Marines that are heroes of the Vietnam War. Semper Fi, Mr. Corbett
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack is a wonerfulman who has found a way to share his story. A story that changed his life as well as the rest of his families. I feel that everyone should include this book in their own personal collection. It has heart and comes from the very soul of a man I know as a caring Uncle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know the author so I got to read it in draft form. I lost a lot of sleep because I could not put it down and go to bed. The story is intense, amazing, sometimes sad and even has room for some macabre humor during a rice paddy scene near the end of the book. I have read much about Vietnam including many very good novels, but Jack's book is the only one that "puts you there". It really puts you in the action so when you do break away from the narative you are left with an eerie sense of seperation, like you might miss something, and it draws you back to the pages at the earliest opportunity.