Things I'll never forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his brain. This is not a pro-war book, nor is it anti-war. It is the true story of what the Marine Corps was like in the late 1960's, when the country had a draft and five hundred thousand Americans were serving one year tours in battle-torn South East Asia. If you served in Viet Nam you will want to compare your experience with the author's. If you know someone who went to Viet Nam, you will want to read for yourself what it was like. If you lost a loved one or friend in the war, you will want to read this and share it with others.
Anything is pretty much possible if you dream it, you can have it. That is, unless war is a factor. This is a narrative, true story of a young girl who grew up in a poor, dysfunctional family in Upstate New York, and lives mostly in a dream world as a means to escape her mundane life. Probably not such a unique story. But she is unique in that she does something about it she doesnt wait for things to happen, or anyone else to be in control of her destiny --she takes the reins. Through enthusiasm and guts, she manages to live the life shes always dreamed about -- to travel, to see the world. Its 1967 and at the inexperienced age of 20, she leaves her home in New York to work in Great Britain as a domestic, where she stays for nearly two years. She gets there on a one-way ticket, working papers, $100, and the determination to see what the real Europe is like -- not through the eyes of a tourist who only visits for a couple of weeks. She comes out of this experience not only with an education that she otherwise never would have had, but some great stories shell be able to pass on to family and friends. But before she leaves on her adventure of a lifetime, she becomes a friend and lover to Peter. He is her first real love and memories of our first usually remain forever. This was no different for Marlene, and she chronicles the way her and Peter kept in touch in 1967 and 1968 with their letters. And after experiencing some great highs during her two years abroad, she returns home with a heavy heart, as Peter has become a casualty of the Vietnam War the day the letters stopped. A starry-eyed, adventurous young girl, still rather nave when she left home, returns having aged a lot more than she bargained for. In the end however, she would come to realize that certain people enter your life for a reason. She was lucky enough to let Peter into hers, as he has been such a positive influence for over 40 years. This book contains the actual letters Peter wrote to Marlene and her recollections of what she wrote back to him, with no embellishments. Although the book deals with the Vietnam Era, anyone who has friends or relatives serving in the military today will relate to the story.
Author: Richard E. Swartzlander
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
This is a moving, emotional book about the Vietnam War. It is a collection of true stories told by the veterans themselves. Also, a brief history of the war is told so you can have a better understanding. Feel their pain, as you read the several heart felt stories of these brave men.
Author: Robert D. Schulzinger
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2008-08-27
The Vietnam War left wounds that have taken three decades to heal--indeed some scars remain even today. In A Time for Peace, prominent American historian Robert D. Schulzinger sheds light on how deeply etched memories of this devastating conflict have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape. Schulzinger examines the impact of the war from many angles. He traces the long, twisted, and painful path of reconciliation with Vietnam, the heated controversy over soldiers who were missing in action, the influx of over a million Vietnam refugees into the US, and the plight of Vietnam veterans, many of whom returned home alienated, unhappy, and unappreciated. Schulzinger looks at how the controversies of the war have continued to be fought in books and films and, perhaps most important, he explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy, particularly in Central America, Somalia, the Gulf War, and the war in Iraq. Using a vast array of sources, A Time for Peace provides an illuminating account of a war that still looms large in the American imagination.
In this book, you will travel through a life full of turmoil, struggle, violence, and unfaithfulness, with drugs, alcohol and racial tension playing a major role in a destroyed life. With countless second chances, find out how God bestowed his grace and love on this lost soul.In this book you will find out what an unsupervised cow is, and how the power of a mother´s love and the grace of God changed a life headed for total annihilation.
Author: Günter K. Koschorrek
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Deutschland - Soldat - Russlandfeldzug 1941-1945 - Erlebnisbericht - Geschichte 1942-1945
Günter K. Koschorrek war nicht Heerführer, nicht Wissenschaftler oder Historiker, er hat in seinem Buch zusammengefasst, was er als einfacher Soldat im Grauen des Krieges täglich aufgeschrieben hat. Sein Erleben des Krieges war ein anderes als das in den Stäben oder Befehlsständen. Der Verfasser war 19 Jahre alt, als ihn der Krieg in seiner schlimmsten Phase einholte und ihn in seine unerbittliche Gewalt nahm. Er hatte zu gehorchen und nicht nach dem Warum zu fragen. Das NS-Regime, das seine Ziele gnadenlos verfolgte, hatte eine ganze Generation unter Eid und in die Pflicht genommen, ihre Ideale schändlich missbraucht.
Go along with the Colonel on this nostalgic trip back to the 1950's and life growing up in the Midwest. Follow him on his solo trek across Europe and the year that made him a man in the Aviation Cadet Program. Next it's many a day in Vietnam over the course of the war and the hardships faced by the aviators and their families on a daily basis. Life in the "fast lane" or five years in the Pentagon gives the reader a close look at the many challenges faced by the Staff Officer in the "building". Finally, the harrowing experience of life in a high school classroom for 19 years caps off the interesting adventure. Lt. Col. Watson amassed almost 5,000 hours flight time with 1,300 of it being combat time in Vietnam. He was "in country" for over 500 days covering parts of 1965,1966,1968,1969,1970,1971,1972, and 1973.He was decorated 39 times including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 12 Air Medals, 2 Commendations Medals, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry just to mention a few. His travels took him north of the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of South America, all over Europe and the Far East with stops in 68 countries on 6 continents. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this most interesting story of an Air Force Officer and his travels in support of our national interests.