By Ron Steinman
The Vietnam struggle raged for ten years and whilst it was once over 58,000 american citizens lay useless. The conflict replaced the cognizance of the army and the very nature of struggle sooner or later. amassing the voices and eyewitness tales of seventy-seven veterans from all branches of the army, the warriors' tale is the 1st significant oral background of the Vietnam conflict. via tale after tale, we come to appreciate that warfare is harrowing, strong and unforgettable. the lads during this booklet are a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit over bad adversity in an international they neither made nor sought after. those veterans have opened their hearts and souls to readers, and Steinman's observation places every thing into point of view. "Of the entire phrases written because the battle, few are as robust as these of infantrymen recalling their very own stories in a warfare that lasted too lengthy and got here to such an inglorious end." (Booklist)
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When you call napalm on yourself, which is what we did, you're going to suffer casualties. I don't know if I could have called it in on myself. But somebody did, and they did save my life. I think we killed a lot of our own. people. 1 don't know how many. Maybe five or ten, trying to save ourselves. That's got to be an issue for anybody who's been through that experience. It's an issue for me. I got some help from the VA [Veterans Administration] back in 1990 when I got some counseling for PTSD [PostTraumatic Stress Disorder] or an evaluation, and then a wonderful doctor talked to me.
And if anybody ever walked a battlefield with two, three hundred torn, bloating American and North Vietnamese bodies, then they shouldn't be qualified to talk about the glory of war because there is none. War sucks. And that has never left me. Jesus. A lot of good men died, fighting like hell. And one of the sad aspects of it to me is that, after Albany there was a stone wall about Albany. X-Ray had been a great victory, and that's wonderful. It was a victory. I mean, we'd beaten them good. But nobody wanted to hear about the 2nd and the 7th at Albany.
It was probably a rifle. One of their AK-47s. It entered my jaw, shattered this jaw, then deflected downwards, and exited the right side of my mouth. One of my sergeants was the first to get to me and put a compress on me, and one other soldier helped me to the command post. I was shot in the jaw so I was holding my jaw and walking back there with some help. A lot of pain, you know. I've never been wounded before. I always felt before that there wasn't a bullet meant for me, and that I had a kind of infallibility but that really shattered that bubble very quickly.