By Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez consistently believed he might die in Vietnam. As growing to be up within the San Francisco sector within the early Sixties, "Nam was once there, simply over the horizon, just like the far-off thump of artillery. His father and uncles had served in global struggle II, one other uncle in Korea. a variety of cousins had enlisted. At nineteen, Ramirez made up our minds to embody the battle. In 1968, the yr of the Tet offensive, Ramirez joined the U.S. marines. bloody excursions later, Ramirez survived, yet at titanic expense. two times wounded, undesirably discharged, and suffering from survivor's guilt, Ramirez surveys the toll of Vietnam on flesh and spirit during this pleasing memoir. Ramirez tells his tale in a voice hardly heard from the struggle, that of a Chicano soldier. by way of tracing his roots, and exploring the cultural pressures and social demons that weighed on his relations and group, Ramirez bargains an unflinching examine the autumn and redemption of 1 Mexican American veteran.
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I am glad I grew up around my grandmother Ramirez. So many images of those times dwell in my consciousness, like lifesavers helping me through an ocean of turmoil and sadness. It is only now that I fully appreciate her importance. No one else loved me and made me feel as special as she. There was another side to Mama that was difficult to understand, a paradox if you will. She loved birds very much. On her back porch she had many cages and feeders for her domestic and wild birds. Sometimes cats would manage to kill even the birds in cages.
He came right to my rack (sleeping cot), where I was already getting out to stand at attention. " It was uncanny the way he seemed to know the very instant I had started to feel comfortable, as if he were letting me know I would never be allowed to feel comfortable. He ordered me outside with Page 29 only my underwear on. It was dark; only the floodlights lit each hut entrance. Sergeant King had prepared a patch of mud next to his hut. He ordered me into this pit and made me do push-ups, sit-ups, and squat thrusts until I couldn't do anymore.
Gunny Olsen told us that if anything happened to Sergeant King as a result of the investigation, he and the other drill instructors would take serious offense and revenge. We talked among ourselves about finally being able to get rid of this maniac. But we always came to the same self-preserving conclusion just five more weeks and we would be gone. And after all, we understood the recruit would recover and be medically discharged because of his injuries. The investigation started the very next day.