By Frank L Grzyb
A narrative for All american citizens: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched by means of the Dragon) info wartime debts of standard servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few a laugh, a few approximately unimaginable. The paintings is a old compendium of attention-grabbing and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject matter structure. What makes this ebook actually designated, despite the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. referring to oral debts, the veterans converse in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact means. As visible throughout the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person studies of infantry infantrymen, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a strive against engineer, an intelligence soldier, and diverse aid body of workers. Personalities emerge progressively because the veterans speak about their pre struggle days, their education and instruction for Vietnam, and their genuine in-country reviews. The tales communicate of worry and survival: the paranoia of now not realizing who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars which may mangle a physique or snuff out a existence immediately; and going domestic with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, yet a Casket with steel Handles. The veterans additionally communicate of friendships and straightforward acts of kindness. yet extra importantly, they communicate of healing-both actual and psychological.
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I was homesick, and I had a girlfriend back home, who, by the way, is now my wife. I mean it was mentally tough on me. ” I just couldn’t adapt. I was always hiding in the lockers having a cigarette or getting lost somewhere else to avoid duty. The physical part of the training was really no problem for me. I just didn’t like the military. I went on to advanced training, but it was not an extensive course. Matter of fact, just before going to Vietnam, they gave us all one week, one week of combat training.
Next week I’d be at the stockade taking prisoners out to cut grass and cleanup in graveyards and dig graves. I’d just supervise. ” Next thing I know, he gave me a pass, I went down to the personnel office and did just that. About five days later, my name was on the list for Vietnam. ” That was it. S. Army, Company A, 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military Intelligence Group, MACV-J2, Saigon, 1966–67 After taking advanced training in military intelligence for three to four months in Baltimore, Maryland, we received orders for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
These individuals became known as “Ninety Day Wonders,” which referred to the minimum number of training days required before the candidate received 14 A STORY FOR ALL AMERICANS his officer’s commission. It was a derogatory phrase, one most definitely undeserved by the vast majority of those completing the course. Enlisting, whether to become a soldier or to be commissioned as an officer, did not insulate a person from going to South Vietnam. Whether drafted or enlisted, the recruit was just as susceptible to being sent off to war.