When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir

When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir

by Glyn Haynie

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Overview

It’s the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who’d enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who’d all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time.

I share my experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, carrying a 60-pound rucksack, monsoons, a forest fire, a typhoon, building a firebase, fear, death and fighting the enemy while mentally, physically, and morally exhausted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998209517
Publisher: Glyn E. Haynie
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 566,089
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Glyn Haynie served twenty years in the Army, retiring March 1, 1989. During his twenty-year service, he continued to serve in the Infantry. Later in his career, he served as a Drill Instructor, a First Sergeant, and an Instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA). After retirement from the Army, He completed a BS degree in Computer Information Systems and an MA degree in Computer Resources and Information Systems. He worked as a software engineer/project manager for eight years and then taught at Park University as a full-time instructor and as an adjunct instructor for thirteen years. He is retired and lives in Cedar Park, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

CHAPTER 1 Becoming Soldiers . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

CHAPTER 2 Going to Vietnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

CHAPTER 3 The Long Journey Begins . . . . . . . . . . . 15

CHAPTER 4 No Longer the New Guy . . . . . . . . . . . 55

CHAPTER 5 The Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

CHAPTER 6 Leaving the Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

CHAPTER 7 Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

CHAPTER 8 Monsoon and Mountains . . . . . . . . . . 169

CHAPTER 9 Award Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

CHAPTER 10 Can’t Take It Anymore . . . . . . . . . . . 183

CHAPTER 11 When Does It Stop? . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

CHAPTER 12 Going Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Afterword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

Postscript: The Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

APPENDICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Appendix A: First Platoon Members . . . . . . . . . 213

Appendix B: Obituary for Michael Windows . . . . . . . 217

Appendix C: Obituary for Michael Stout 219

Appendix D: Obituary for Bill Davenport . . . . . . . . 221

Appendix E: VC Serenade News Article . . . . . . . . 223

Appendix F: Obituary for Allyn Buff . . . . . . . . . 225

Appendix G: Obituary for Terry Woolums . . . . . . . 227

Appendix H: Tribute to Peter Zink . . . . . . . . . . 229

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

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