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By Frank L Grzyb

Touched by means of the Dragon information wartime money owed of regular servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few fun, a few approximately unbelievable-extracted from interviews with Vietnam warfare veterans dwelling in Newport County, Rhode Island. The paintings is a old compendium of attention-grabbing and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject layout. What makes this e-book actually distinctive, in spite of the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. pertaining to oral money owed, the veterans communicate in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact approach. As visible during the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person reports of infantry squaddies, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a wrestle engineer, an intelligence soldier, and numerous help group of workers. Personalities emerge steadily because the veterans talk about their pre conflict days, their education and education for Vietnam, and their real in-country reviews. The tales converse of worry and survival: the paranoia of no longer figuring out who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that can mangle a physique or snuff out a existence in a fast; and going domestic with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, yet a Casket with steel Handles. The veterans additionally communicate friendships and easy acts of kindness. yet extra importantly, they communicate of healing-both actual and psychological.

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May God keep them all in his loving arms. Page vii Contents Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii Introduction By Senator John F. Kerry 1 One: The Transition 3 While Still a Civilian 3 That Dreaded Draft Notice 9 Enlisting 13 Two: Your Ass Is Mine! 19 Basic and Advanced Training 19 Officer Training 33 Vietnam, Here I Come! 35 Three: Final Preparations And Departure 43 Saying Good-bye 43 The Girl I Left Behind 47 The Friendly Sendoffs 49 The Unfriendly Sendoff 51 Leaving on a Jet Planeor Ship 52 Four: In-Country 63 Population, Topography, and Climate 63 The Sights 68 The Sounds 73 The Smells 75 New and Green 77 Mentally Unprepared 83 Vietnamese Culture and Customs 86 Five: The War 93 Just Doing My Job 93 Incoming 97 Who's the Enemy?

In specific places in the text, it has been eliminated where the editors felt it did not add to the veteran's narrative. In other places, where it better served to emphasize a point, it was kept and printed as f¾. Hopefully, this minute amount of censorship will not diminish the readability and impact of these stories. Some vulgarities were stricken from the text, although those relating to bodily functions remained. In select stories, they were used quite profusely, and some readers may be offended by this.

Each branch of the service had its own school. These individuals became known as "Ninety Day Wonders," which referred to the minimum number of training days required before the candidate received Page 14 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.

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