By Andrew Wiest
Vietnam: A View from the Frontline lines the yankee event of Vietnam from the war's renowned inception to its morale-crushing and sour end. Vietnam encompasses a grunt's-eye view of the clash - from the steaming rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta, to the triple-canopy rainforest of the imperative Highlands, to the forlorn Marine bases that dotted the DMZ. Like Karl Marlantes' groundbreaking novel 2010, Mattherhorn, this ebook will switch the best way we expect approximately Vietnam. advised in uncompromising, no-holds barred language of the warriors themselves, the tales contained inside this publication aspect every thing from heroism to fragging, from helicopters hitting the LZs to rampant drug use. it's a actual and grippingly actual portrait of the yank conflict in Vietnam in the course of the eyes of the lads and girls who fought in that far-off land whereas a couple of are drawn from medics, corpsmen, nurses and widows. The publication is predicated on wealthy collections housed on the nationwide Archive, the heart of army historical past, and on the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech.
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I didn’t miss no meals in training. I would get back in time to eat. In fact I often did KP [Kitchen Police] for guys who would pay me, because they wanted to go into town. com Drop And Give Me 20 town; I didn’t want to go down there at night and get mugged. I didn’t drink, and I still don’t drink. ” Some guys spent their money eating in Junction City, saying they didn’t like the slop at Fort Riley. I didn’t waste any money. I ate on base. I sent my money home to my mother and didn’t waste it. Sometimes when we were in formation they would tell you to drop and do the cockroach.
I mean, normally on pay days and stuff like that we were back at base camp and got passes, but the rest of the time, Monday through Friday, if you weren’t on post detail – clean up – you were out in the woods practicing your training, and you spent a lot of time out in the dunes, or on the range keeping your weapons qualification up because marksmanship is a skill that deteriorates. If you don’t practice it, the real good marksman is going to lose his fine touch. The Army training is super. ] I went and got my coat and put it on, checked my brass and made sure it was shined, my boots were polished, went in there, and he just jumped on my case about me going to turn down my appointment at OCS.
All my family had been in the military. My daddy hadn’t, but all of my uncles had. I figured this was something you do. It was part of your responsibilities. And they had told me about all of these foreign places and foreign people and all that. And to me it was a grand adventure. ” And I thought well, good, maybe I can get drafted, and a few months later I did. I loved it. I faced it as a big adventure, and I thought it was a good deal all the way around. Excited about the military, I really didn’t know I was going to go to Vietnam.