By Andrew Wiest
Vietnam: A View from the Frontline strains the yank event of Vietnam from the war's well known inception to its morale-crushing and sour end. Vietnam includes 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 critical 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. informed in uncompromising, no-holds barred language of the warriors themselves, the tales contained inside this e-book aspect every thing from heroism to fragging, from helicopters hitting the LZs to rampant drug use. it's a real and grippingly actual portrait of the yankee conflict in Vietnam throughout the eyes of the lads and girls who fought in that far-off land whereas a number of are drawn from medics, corpsmen, nurses and widows. The booklet is predicated on wealthy collections housed on the nationwide Archive, the guts of army background, and on the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech.
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He graduated in ’63 from PMC. Then he wanted to get his master’s degree in international relations, and he went to the University of Pennsylvania so he was still close by. Otherwise he would have gone right into the Army. He got a two-year deferment in order to get his master’s degree. com Who We Were someday to become an ambassador, and I think he would have been a very good one. I graduated from college in ’64 and we married a week later. When we married we had a year left on his deferment. So he wanted to use that year to help somebody else, is the way he put it.
Of course the drill instructor’s in front of us, and above him was the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice]. He pointed to it: “You’re now in the United States Marines, but you’re not Marines. The UCMJ is now your law and me. So forget everything you’ve learned; forget all your past life; forget your girlfriend, your mother. ” We went to get haircuts right away; they shaved our heads. They gave us sweatshirts, utility trousers, tennis shoes, and covers, and then we had to pack up all of our civilian stuff, put it in boxes.
Then I went to work on a tugboat as a deckhand. While I was on the tugboat, they put a notice on the bulletin board for someone to train as their yard diver to take lines and stuff out of the wheels of the boats. And I was trained as a diver by an old Navy diver who didn’t want to do it anymore. I got married when I was working on the tugboat, when I started diving. Divers made a humongous amount of money back then. I’d had a girlfriend for about nine months or a year. So I decided we’d get married.