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DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle offers a distinct, fictional montage of the battle, and postwar, stories of Vietnam aid troops. Structurally according to Ernest Hemingway�s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for go back from Over Seas) is a riveting choice of sixteen brief tales and sixteen interlinears concerning the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the army brass, medicines, alcohol�and sometimes the enemy. From chefs and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of lifestyles for infantrymen within the rear throughout the conflict and, later, again domestic in a divided the USA. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former military journalist who served within the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. military Headquarters close to Saigon in 1970-71, tells those compelling tales with wit, depth, and empathy. In doing so, he offers a gateway to a Vietnam adventure that has been principally neglected and whose reverberations nonetheless echo throughout America.

About the Author

Doug Bradley is a Madison, Wisconsin-based Vietnam veteran who has written commonly approximately his Vietnam and post-Vietnam reviews. He additionally has greater than 30 years of expertise as a communications expert in greater schooling, largely with the college of Wisconsin. Doug was once drafted into the U. S. military in March 1970 and served as a data expert (journalist) on the military native land information heart in Kansas urban, Missouri, and U. S. military Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters close to Saigon. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate college, Doug relocated to Madison the place he helped determine Vets apartment, a storefront, community-based provider middle for Vietnam period veterans.A local of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany collage. He additionally holds a Masters in English from Washington kingdom college. as well as writing a weblog for the Huffington put up, Doug is the co-author of We Gotta Get Out of This position: track and the Vietnam adventure with Dr. Craig Werner, UW-Madison Professor of Afro-American stories, with an expected booklet in 2013. the 2 additionally co-teach a favored path at UW-Madison entitled The Vietnam period: track, Media, and Mayhem. Doug and his spouse, Pam Shannon, are the fogeys of 2 grownup young children. DEROS Vietnam is his first publication.

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C. I couldn’t understand why the Army would pursue a guy like George, but of course logic and good decision-making had nothing to do with this shit show. Everything was going good, too good, until a late July morning when George and I were summoned into the Master Sergeant’s office. He told us that we’d just come down on levy to go to Vietnam. , so that when somebody with your MOS left Vietnam, they ran the computer to identify who was out there to replace them. It reeked of Robert McNamara’s—he was both JFK and LBJ’s defense secretary—brand of troop management by machine.

Sill, Ft. Benning. They were all boarding trains heading south that night. Most of them would be in Vietnam by the fall. I never heard from any of those guys, and while I can still see their faces, especially as they were on that sunny day in May, I don’t remember their names. It’s just as well because I’d be afraid I’d find too many of them etched in black granite on The Wall. Kent State erupted the following Monday, May 4. Every time the phone rang or there was a knock on my parents’ apartment door during my leave, I figured it was the Army telling me to grab a gun and go shoot some students.

There was also a visit to the base chaplain to inquire about Conscientious Objector status and long talks with my drill sergeant about bravery and cowardice and picking up a gun. Right before we completed Basic Training, Nixon announced his decision to launch American forces into Cambodia. ” The drill sergeants who’d been over there were shaking their heads and twirling their dog tags. The rest of us were clueless as to what was going on, but that didn’t prevent us from joining in the litany of fuck, fuckin’ A, fucked up, fuckin’, fubar, and other declensions of the GI’s favorite word.

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