By Frank L Grzyb
A narrative for All american citizens: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched by way of the Dragon) information wartime money owed of commonplace servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few a laugh, a few approximately incredible. The paintings is a historic compendium of interesting and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject matter structure. What makes this ebook actually exact, notwithstanding, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. referring to oral bills, the veterans communicate in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact means. As noticeable during the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person reports of infantry infantrymen, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a strive against engineer, an intelligence soldier, and numerous aid group of workers. Personalities emerge steadily because the veterans talk about their pre warfare days, their education and guidance for Vietnam, and their genuine in-country reports. The tales communicate of worry and survival: the paranoia of now not understanding who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars which could mangle a physique or snuff out a existence instantly; and going domestic with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, yet a Casket with steel Handles. The veterans additionally converse of friendships and straightforward acts of kindness. yet extra importantly, they converse of healing-both actual and psychological.
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S. Navy, Management Information Center, Headquarters, Naval Forces Vietnam (NAVFORV), Saigon, 1967–68 As I was getting ready to graduate from college, the most important thing for me was finding a job. I looked at several civilian jobs, and nothing was in the offing, so I decided to go to women officers’ school. The obligation at that time for women joining the navy, was only two years, so I figured I’d work in the navy for two years and then go back and find a civilian job. , US Coast Guard Coast Guard Squadron One, USCGC Point Clear (WPB 82315), An Thoi and Cat Lo, 1967–68 I had just graduated from college with a degree in mathematics and education, and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.
I can remember doing a lot of running and double-time marches in boot camp, as well as an overabundance of push-ups and/or squat-thrusts. Every push-up had to be counted, using the word “sir” after each one was completed. Of course, there was always someone who never seemed to do them right, and the DI would make us start all over again. The most important skill a marine recruit had to learn was how to shoot a rifle. The practice of shooting a rifle was called snapping-in. We would lie in the hot sand for hours sighting the rifle and shooting at targets.
Sometimes it got so hot there they’d run up a red flag, and training was canceled for the day. You didn’t dare venture outside. 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.
A Story for All Americans: Vietnam, Victims, and Veterans by Frank L Grzyb