By Frank L Grzyb
A narrative for All americans: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched by way of the Dragon) info wartime money owed of regular servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few fun, a few approximately incredible. The paintings is a old compendium of attention-grabbing and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject matter structure. What makes this booklet really specified, despite the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. concerning oral bills, the veterans communicate in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact method. As noticeable in the course of the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person reports of infantry squaddies, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a strive against engineer, an intelligence soldier, and numerous help group of workers. Personalities emerge steadily because the veterans talk about their pre warfare days, their education and guidance for Vietnam, and their real in-country studies. The tales communicate of worry and survival: the paranoia of no longer realizing who or the place the enemy used to be; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that may mangle a physique or snuff out a existence straight away; 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 converse of healing-both actual and psychological.
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After all, we were all over eighteen years old and didn’t require our parents’ permission to do anything anymore. So off we went, down to see the marine recruiter, and we all enlisted in what was called the delayed entry program. What this meant was, we could all enlist as buddies but didn’t have to go to boot camp until August 1965. In this same program, we were allowed to pick the boot camp we wanted to go to. Parris Island, South Carolina, had a reputation for 16 A STORY FOR ALL AMERICANS being tough, so we selected the warmth of San Diego.
If the training that a recruit received was unsuccessful, he was reassigned to a new military occupation, usually infantry. Unfortunately, the recruit was still required to serve out his entire term of enlistment. Some individuals were college graduates and enlisted to become officers, which they became only after successful completion of officer candidate school. 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 14 A STORY FOR ALL AMERICANS his officer’s commission.
Trust me when I say it wasn’t a luxury trip. I arrived at Fort Gordon, Georgia, on June 6, 1968. As I reflect back, I remember I had been in basic training for only two weeks when I said to myself, “This is not what I want to do. ” Looking back, all I really had to do at the time was fall on the ground, and I’d probably be collecting military disability today. It was difficult, because I was very frail, but I kept up. It took me forever to run the mile. I did everything except the gas chamber, which I was exempted from.