By Frank L Grzyb
A narrative for All american citizens: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched through the Dragon) information wartime debts of typical servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few fun, a few approximately unimaginable. The paintings is a ancient compendium of attention-grabbing and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject matter layout. What makes this e-book actually certain, besides the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. bearing on oral bills, the veterans communicate in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact approach. As visible throughout the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person studies of infantry squaddies, 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 speak about their pre conflict days, their education and instruction for Vietnam, and their genuine in-country studies. The tales converse of worry and survival: the paranoia of now not figuring out who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that may mangle a physique or snuff out a existence right 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 easy acts of kindness. yet extra importantly, they converse of healing-both actual and psychological.
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The training was good; however, the area really stank of raw sewage. I think we were near a sewage plant. ” When I reflect on what happened to me in Vietnam, if it hadn’t been for my basic and AIT training, I’d probably not be standing here today. I paid attention, and I was a good learner. After AIT, I went directly to Fort Benning, Georgia, for airborne training, or jump school, as it was called. It lasted three weeks. If you weren’t in shape, you were dead. My running was bad because I had short legs, and we had to run everywhere.
Ticonderoga (CVA-14). S. Navy, Management Information Center, Headquarters, Naval Forces Vietnam (NAVFORV), Saigon, 1967–68 I really rather enjoyed women officers’ school. I had no major problems with it. I know some of my classmates had problems with the discipline, but I didn’t think it was that bad. It was certainly not the emphasis on physical education and physical training that there is today. It was being in good health, maintaining the correct weight, being able to climb up and down the stairs, and that was about it.
Then the hush came over the bus. “This is it, boys,” I said to myself. You could’ve dropped a pin in the bus, and you would have heard it! S. Army, 1st Infantry Division and 25th Infantry Division, Di An, Tay Ninh, and Cu Chi, 1969–70 I wasn’t college material, so I was just sitting back waiting for it to happen, which of course it did. S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 1968 In my senior year of college I began to realize that the world was a much larger place than my college campus and its environs.
A Story for All Americans: Vietnam, Victims, and Veterans by Frank L Grzyb