By Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez continually believed he could die in Vietnam. As transforming into up within the San Francisco region within the early Sixties, "Nam was once there, simply over the horizon, just like the far-off thump of artillery. His father and uncles had served in international battle II, one other uncle in Korea. quite a few cousins had enlisted. At nineteen, Ramirez made up our minds to embody the warfare. In 1968, the yr of the Tet offensive, Ramirez joined the U.S. marines. bloody excursions later, Ramirez survived, yet at monstrous expense. two times wounded, undesirably discharged, and laid low with survivor's guilt, Ramirez surveys the toll of Vietnam on flesh and spirit during this beautiful memoir. Ramirez tells his tale in a voice hardly heard from the warfare, that of a Chicano soldier. via tracing his roots, and exploring the cultural pressures and social demons that weighed on his family members and group, Ramirez deals an unflinching examine the autumn and redemption of 1 Mexican American veteran.
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She sold her own fruit and vegetables as well. Playing in her garden was not allowed, but I could help work in it if I didn't hurt anything. We lived with my grandmother until I was about four years old. While we lived on Spruce Street, my mother often competed with my grandmother for my affections. My grandmother and I used to do many things together. We rode the train from Redwood City to San Jose, mostly to the only theater around that showed Mexican movies. We used to window-shop, too. I remember shoplifting little toys and my grandmother looking the other way, pretending not to notice.
Evie would try almost anything, no matter how difficult or dangerous. I would marvel at her tenacity and determination to hang with me. And it never felt like competition, more like bonding or camaraderie. She was indeed a buddy. We lived in East Menlo Park approximately three years, and in that time our neighborhood became gripped with fear Page 16 of the gradual integration of African-Americans. My father is somewhat of a bigot, which is still confusing to me. He discussed these attitudes with other adults, sending us kids away or whispering the way adults do when they are saying things too serious, scary, or foul for children's ears.
The whole incident passed without any further attention, and Sergeant King kept right on terrorizing the weak recruits. For what it's worth, our platoon, 3025, achieved the Distinction of Honor Platoon. All but three out of eighty who started with the platoon graduated.