By Frank L Grzyb
A narrative for All americans: Vietnam, sufferers, and Veterans (formerly titled, Touched through the Dragon) information wartime money owed of standard 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 structure. What makes this publication actually distinctive, despite the fact that, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. concerning oral money owed, the veterans communicate in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact approach. As noticeable in the course of the eyes of the veterans, the tales comprise first-person reports of infantry squaddies, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a wrestle engineer, an intelligence soldier, and numerous help team of workers. Personalities emerge steadily because the veterans speak about their pre warfare days, their education and practise for Vietnam, and their real in-country reports. The tales converse of worry and survival: the paranoia of now not realizing who or the place the enemy was once; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that may mangle a physique or snuff out a existence immediately; 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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We were asked what we wanted to do after we graduated from recruit training, and I picked the rate of boatswain’s mate. We were formed into individual companies and were greeted by our company commander. Then it was eight weeks of training. After completion of recruit training, I received my orders to report to a tug boat in the Philadelphia naval shipyard. On the tug, I worked as a deck hand. In the navy they have these things called dream sheets, and that’s exactly what they were—nothing but a dream.
A 19 20 A STORY FOR ALL AMERICANS Everyone got to throw at least one armed hand grenade during week six. A live-fire exercise was brought into play during the trainees’ seventh week. At night, the recruits had to crawl approximately seventy-five yards from one end of an obstacle course to another, with live machine gun bullets whizzing over their heads while self-contained explosive charges were set off at unpredictable intervals at locations throughout the course. It sounded worse than it actually was.
It was a really positive experience. Yes, it was on this farm that I learned to do my best, how to work as a team, and also how to have fun. Peggy R. S. S. Sanctuary (AH-17), Coastal Waters off South Vietnam, Military Region 1, 1969–70 In the early ’60s, I was already in the service as a registered nurse. I was stationed at the navy hospital in Philadelphia, and I was taking care of the amputees who had come back from Vietnam. My mother was a nurse and my father was a doctor, although that wasn’t the real reason why I became a nurse.
A Story for All Americans: Vietnam, Victims, and Veterans by Frank L Grzyb