Lincoln, Nebraska: Self Published, 2004. Loose_leaf. Looseleaf, three-ringed notebook (7" x 9"), Privately published (in xerox form) by a trained sniper who subsequently spent 18 months as a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese, this is a home-grown combination graphic Vietnam War narrative, which combines harrowing combat narrative, polticial and social commentary, book of poetry (77 half-pages) and Recipes (88 half-pages) from his fellow Purple-Heart-awarded soldiers and spouses. Very Good Plus. Item #84533
A few excerpts:
Begins: “To Max the BBQ Dog. (Photo). I also want to say thank you to the man who shot the VC standing over me, starting his second strike with the bayonet. This man stayed with me through the night, waiting for medivac. This is the same man whom I pulled on top of the dead VC and me and he is the same man who later recounted the events of that. night and the following day, when the Marines arrived. We are still friends today and will remain so…” “…All those lives were lost in vain and the debacle could have been avoided if those in position would have had the courage to say that we were wrong to side with the French…We tried to convince ourselves that the enemy was some sort of sub-species…Vietnam is not the hellhole I will be depicting in this book; no matter where it is fought, war is a hellhole…" “As we were waiting to take off, two guys boarded and headed for the front of the plane, carrying a tape player that was playing the song, 'Hey Jude’. They looked like a couple of hippies, not even old enough to shave, but they were the pilots…” “… I used to shoot rabbits for the local IGA store. I got 35 cents for each one…I knew the rabbit trails and runs very well, and I would be quiet and listen, and it worked for me. I used this same technique in my effort to protect the medics…I was very good at my craft…When I was out with them, the killing was not easy at first. Before long, though, I never thought about it…" “Our unit killed 35 VC that day, 15 the day before, and we had two prisoners to take back to Dong Tam. I remember one of them glaring at me. You can’t imagine the hatred inhis eyes. When we got back to base, he was persuaded to help us locate two VC battalions of about 1000 men…
” “Another night ambush patrol logged and the body count climbed. 15 enemies KIA, no casualties on our side. Nothing but the scars, which I can assure you are down deep in us all…” “I heard a splash in the water; it was a woman with half her face missing. I asked the sarge what to do and he said, ‘Shoot the bitch,’ so I put her out of her misery. Her blood spattered all over me and I cried and wished I were dead. The sarge was right, but I hated him anyway. It would not be long before it would not bother me anymore, and I would wonder at who Ihad become. I would never be the same…" If you are not crazy when you get there, just wait around, because you will be soon…” “I feel like a snail on a salt lick, a morning’s crow poses on a stick, its yellow eyes shining. It knows I believe in small things. I once dug my fingers into dirt, Where each seedpod mattered and an insect looked like fools’ gold. I touched it, a man asking for help, as only he knows how. I was looking at my hands tonight. They say August is a good month to go crazy. I would rather be the chance Someone takes with their past tonight, Instead of thinking of the arpeggio of bowed grass among ghostly trees, Where they kick down doors, and we swan dive from the Brooklyn Bridge.." —————
RECIPES Crab appetizer Salad Fried Chicken Bacon Rolls Cherry Pie War Cake The Assembly Brown and White Kisses.
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