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By Frank L Grzyb

A narrative for All american citizens: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched by way of the Dragon) info wartime debts of common servicemen and women-some heroic, a few scary, a few a laugh, a few approximately unimaginable. The paintings is a historic compendium of interesting and compelling tales woven jointly in a subject matter structure. What makes this ebook actually exact, in spite of the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. pertaining to oral debts, the veterans converse in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact approach. As visible in the course of the eyes of the veterans, the tales contain first-person stories of infantry infantrymen, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a strive against engineer, an intelligence soldier, and numerous help body of workers. Personalities emerge progressively because the veterans speak about their pre struggle days, their education and instruction for Vietnam, and their real in-country reports. The tales communicate of worry and survival: the paranoia of now not realizing who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars which can mangle a physique or snuff out a lifestyles straight away; and going domestic with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, yet a Casket with steel Handles. The veterans additionally converse of friendships and straightforward acts of kindness. yet extra importantly, they converse of healing-both actual and psychological.

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Only then was he allowed to put his mask back on. Everyone’s eyes burned for an hour or so afterward, even after splashing them with cold water. Support troops destined for South Vietnam received additional training before their departure. It included such lessons as understanding the Vietnamese culture, the Geneva Convention, first-aid and lifesaving techniques, additional marksmanship training (requalification with the M14 or M16 rifle) and the standard get-down-and-dirty training of jumping out of moving trucks in full combat gear.

At the time, I thought the training was extremely difficult. It was hard for me, as I had come from a very soft life here in Newport. But as I reflect on it, the training was not as hard as it should have been, considering the fact that in nine more months I would be in Vietnam—a combat zone. Of course, I would never tell the sergeant that I got shortchanged, but I probably was. Fortunately, it turned out okay. We graduated at the time of the great Northeast Blackout in November 1965. They called us out one night.

The obligation at that time for women joining the navy, was only two years, so I figured I’d work in the navy for two years and then go back and find a civilian job. , US Coast Guard Coast Guard Squadron One, USCGC Point Clear (WPB 82315), An Thoi and Cat Lo, 1967–68 I had just graduated from college with a degree in mathematics and education, and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. When I was younger, I had read a number of books about the Arctic and Antarctic, and I always wanted to know what it would be like to serve on an icebreaker.

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