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Oct 25, AM. Mar 30, PM. Their personal journey constitutes the narrative. A lot of research into the military and culture of the times went into the creation of the story. At least please read the Amazon reviews. Mar 31, PM. Thanks I'll check it out. May 08, AM.
James G Rowe Jr. Strawberry Hill Press Jan 16, AM. My story is just one about a young couple in love during one of the most turbulent times in this country's history. We lived our relationship through letters, phone calls, violence and determination to survive. It's a story about two Baby Boomers; one who fought for his country; and the other, a hippie who peacefully tried to make her government aware of a new voice, a voice of non-violence and peace.
We were a couple whose love survived, against the odds; but in the end; whose lives were almost destroyed by that horror. Feb 17, PM. Although it is set in the context of the Viet Nam war it not especially a "war story. Thank you, Bruce Junior West. Apr 23, PM. For a completely different take on the Vietnam War e. Exceptionally well written, very funny, averaging 4 stars on Amazon, 4. Vietnam Veterans of America calls it "the best book about Rear Echelon life in Vietnam during that time period.
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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes 4. Want to Read saving… Error rating book. Dispatches by Michael Herr 4. The Quiet American by Graham Greene 3. We Were Soldiers Once They knew nothing about Vietnam or the war, except that the communists were trying to take over the country and had to be stopped. The fighting was inch-by-inch, room-by-room. The unit was repeatedly ordered to send squads across, and the squads were mowed down each time.
Then the Marines would spend excruciating minutes, sometimes hours, trying to drag the killed and wounded back. Once, Grantham watched as a sergeant walked out alongside a tank to try to retrieve a fallen Marine. The sergeant, improbably, was still alive. He fell over and rolled around, and the men behind him, Grantham included, shouted for him to crawl back. He made it to a ditch in front of the house where the rest of his squad was hiding, and a corpsman went to work on him there.
This went on for days.
How to Tell a True War Story
The moist air was thick with smoke and diesel fumes, and—because many of those killed on both sides remained unburied all over the city—the smell of rotting flesh. You did not get used to it. On the day Grantham was wounded, all four of the other members of his machine-gun squad were hit by shrapnel. He was the only one unhurt. So Grantham did as he was told. He carried the gun out and then went back for Snow, whom he picked up and carried out to the others. Then someone down the street started yelling that they needed the machine gun.
Grantham ran with it toward the house on the corner, which was set back farther from the street than the others. He stopped behind the last house before that one, looked to his left, and saw an enemy soldier pointing a rifle at him. Grantham ducked into a back door just as rounds hit it behind him. He set up the gun in a rear window and started blasting toward the shooter.
More enemy soldiers came running across the street toward the corner house and Grantham started shooting at them. He ducked back out of the window just as return fire came through, waited for a few moments, and then peeked back out. It knocked him backward off his feet, and he landed on his back. He still had the machine gun in his hand when he hit the floor.
Then he felt it—as if a hot poker had been stuck through his chest, just to the right of center. It burned all the way through him. He started to have trouble breathing.
A Marine who had been in the room started to work on him. His shirt was torn off. Grantham could see blood spurt out of the bullet hole when he exhaled and get sucked back inside when he tried to inhale. The Marine took the cellophane off a cigarette pack and placed it over the wound, then stuffed it into the bullet hole with a finger. Now he could breathe better, but the wound still burned.
Several of his ribs were shattered. The Marine kept slapping him, trying to keep him awake, trying to make him talk.
1965: STUMBLING INTO WAR
Grantham felt an overpowering need to go to sleep. A corpsman came, fumbled with his arm, and started an I. There was a discussion about morphine. He was placed on a wooden door and four Marines carried him from the house and lifted him onto a tank with other wounded men. When it started to move, the pain was excruciating. He drifted in and out of consciousness. At the second station, Grantham was removed from the tank and zipped immediately into a body bag.
He was only semi-conscious. He could hear people yelling, screaming in pain, but there was not enough help for everyone. Grantham was sure he was dying. A whirl of thoughts went through his head: the people and things he would miss, his parents, his friend Freddie, a girl he liked. He had fallen ill when he was five years old. He had a rare enzyme disease, porphyria, which had affected his kidneys. He was afraid of the hospital where his parents had taken him to stay, and where he was confined to his bed.
So one day his father brought him the truck. It was a miniature tow truck made of metal, with real rubber tires. It had a hook on the back. You could change the tires and lower and raise the hook.
Vietnam at 50 - 1965
The doors would open and close. He loved that truck. They would order a dozen each, two large fries each, two big Cokes each, and two pieces of pie each. They took the food out to the car and sat there and feasted until it was time to go back to work. There were many people in the room, and there was a lot of noise, a lot of shouting. He was stripped naked and turned over on his side. A nurse jabbed him with a needle.
The doctor lifted one of his arms up over his head and started cutting. He was still conscious, and the blade stung like hell.
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