By Jr. Arthur Wiknik
A good travel of the Vietnam battle from the soldier's eye view . . .
Nam-Sense is the brilliantly written tale of a strive against squad chief within the one hundred and first Airborne department. Arthur Wiknik used to be a 19-year-old child from New England while he was once drafted into the U.S. military in 1968. After finishing a variety of NCO education courses, he was once promoted to sergeant "without ever atmosphere foot in a wrestle area" and despatched to Vietnam in early 1969. presently after his arrival at the a ways facet of the realm, Wiknik was once assigned to Camp Evans, a mixed-unit base camp close to the northern village of Phong Dien, basically thirty miles from Laos and North Vietnam. On his first jungle patrol, his squad killed a feminine Viet Cong who grew to become out to were the neighborhood prostitute. It used to be the 1st useless individual he had ever noticeable.
Wiknik's account of lifestyles and demise in Vietnam contains every little thing from heavy strive against to faking madness to get a few R & R. He used to be the 1st guy in his unit to arrive the head of Hamburger Hill in the course of one of many final offensives introduced via U.S. forces, and later came across a guns cache that avoided an assault on his enhance hearth help base. among the sporadic episodes of wrestle he mingled with the locals, tricked unwitting U.S. providers into delivering his platoon with a 12 months of demanding to get nutrition, defied an excellent and was once punished with a deadly venture, and struggled with himself and his fellow squaddies because the anti-war move started to impact his skill to salary triumphant war.
Nam-Sense bargains an ideal combination of candor, sarcasm, and humor - and it spares not anything and nobody in its try and adequately show what fairly transpired for the strive against soldier in this unpopular struggle. Nam-Sense isn't really approximately heroism or glory, psychological breakdowns, haunting flashbacks, or wallowing in self-pity. The GIs Wiknik lived and fought with in the course of his yearlong journey didn't rape, homicide, or burn villages, weren't strung out on medicines, and didn't get pleasure from killing. They have been there to do their responsibility as they have been knowledgeable, help their comrades - and get domestic alive. "The infantrymen I knew," explains the writer, "demonstrated braveness, precept, kindness, and friendship, the entire components present in different wars american citizens have proudly fought in."
Wiknik has produced a gripping and whole list of existence and demise in Vietnam, and he has performed so with a method and aptitude few others will ever achieve.
"Namsense is a decent and reasonable account of not just the author's travel of responsibility however the excursions of different Vietnam squaddies to boot. i believe venerated to have Arthur as an occasional visitor on my radio exhibit and my listeners are the entire higher for it."
Lee Elci WXLM New London, CT
"As a member of Sergeant Wiknik's squad, i discovered Namsense to be an real and soaking up narrative that resonates with each strive against GI's tale of survival in Vietnam."
Howard Siner, Staten Island Advance
“…the most sensible, such a lot exact portrayal of the lifetime of an Infantryman in Vietnam… A loved one, female friend, or fiancée of a soldier who went to Vietnam will locate this e-book so much illuminating. For the entire remainder of you, in case you learn just one ebook a couple of soldier’s existence in Vietnam, learn NamSense!”
Col. Gene Sherron, 11/2/2010
“…provides an unflinching examine a yr within the lifetime of a grunt on Vietnam…”
Military background of the West, quantity forty, 2010
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The only place to urinate was in a piss-tube, an exposed six-inch diameter pipe stuck in the ground at an angle. The tubes are never cleaned or moved to a new location, so before long the surrounding soil becomes saturated and the tubes overflowed. When that happened, most guys just pissed on the ground next to it. The accumulation of urine became so rancid that piss-tubes could be easily found in the dark. Early the next day, many of us finished processing and were cleared to attend a full week of training at SERTS (Screaming Eagle Replacement Training School) in Bien Hoa, the giant US air base 200 miles west of Cam Ranh Bay.
When I get back to my unit, I’m gonna fix him good. ” I had. It was the killing of superiors by their own men, usually by a hand grenade. ” he laughed. “You better have your GI insurance paid up because you are going to die. Instant NCOs never make it home. You guys come over here, don’t know shit about Nam, and then try to take charge of grunts who have survived for months without you. That’s why there is such a high casualty rate for squad leaders. They get shot by their own men. ” I stared at him for a few seconds in utter disbelief.
Several hours later, Bruckner told me I was correct about the crushing of C-ration cans and also about the way we walked on our patrols, but he sure didn’t like admitting it. There was also a price to pay for my speaking out, we still went out on mid-afternoon patrols, and my squad was selected for the honor more than any other. The everyday RIFs got old real fast, especially when it got so hot that Krol stayed back, sending us out by ourselves. His attitude made me more determined that no one from my squad would get hurt or sick while I was in charge.