Over the years many veterans have written of their experiences in the military, during war, and of their experiences since. This section offers a selection of these books.
Flying Death: The Vietnam Experience by Samuel K. Beamon.
No matter what conflict that a helicopter and its crew
flies into, the job, the level of responsibility and the
feelings are the same. This story
gives a different prospective of the war. The troops on the
ground would hear the sounds of a helicopter coming into
their area. Looking up, they saw this complex flying
machine blowing sand and dust all around. The chopper
brought in anything and everything that the troops needed.
The wounded and dead were evacuated. Reenforcements were
delivered and the troops were brought back to their camps.
This story is the memories of a Combat
Helicopter Crew Chief doing the what was necessary to
accomplish the mission of supporting the troops.
The Battle of Waikiki by Mike Allen.
When you're in the military, you can always count on one
And, unless you're actually in harm's way, the stuff that
happens is typically zany, unexpected, and ultimately
I know that's the way it was for me.
While there was the real Vietnam War a few thousand miles
west, I was stationed on Oahu, and those two years provided
me with a whole lot of Waikiki Beach-time and humorous
I've been entertaining folks with my "war stories" ever
since my discharge.
So, c'mon, go fix yourself a mai-tai, relax, get ready to
smile a little, and let me share 'em with you.
Landon's Odyssey by Joe Gasperetti.
Gil Landon, a returning Vietnam veteran, has a pervasive feeling of angst. His love is gone, his graduate studies interrupted, his prospects for a job are bleak, and his treatment for a war wound mediocre. This is quite a plateful for a veteran to handle while trying to acclimate to civilian life. To make his current state more tolerable, Landon begins a journey, an odyssey, if you will, to find some relief by seeking his past to improve his future. His voyage of discovery is prompted by the discovery of six letters, which he inexplicably finds in a shipping crate he sent back to himself from Vietnam. They belong to six wartime buddies, who Landon plans to visit and belatedly deliver their respective letters.. To give added flavor for this evocative age, the songs of the 60's are included throughout as a thematic emphasis in the respective chapters they are inserted. Painted over a broad national and international canvas, Landon's Odyssey is truly an epic journey. It is a unique and relevant tale for a generation, one still coming to grips with the tumultuous times.
The Wall by Duke Barrett
The trajectory of the bullet that ripped into the young paratrooper’s chest knocked him on his backside, thus saving him the added indignity of laying face down in the mud of the monsoon-drenched jungle floor. With life rapidly escaping his body through the gaping wound, Johnny dreamed of being with Mai, a beautiful Eurasian girl he’d only recently met and fallen in love with on an in-country R&R at Vung Tau. To be back in the “world,” to play his guitar and to live out his life with Mai consumed his every thought.
Shortly after returning to his combat unit, Johnny Richards, a cocky Irish, blue-eyed, blues guitarist from the streets of Chicago, is gravely wounded on a combat air-assault into an enemy stronghold, after taking a bullet for a buddy.
Are Johnny and Mai allowed to live out their dreams? Does the bullet that took him down cut short his young adventurous life and their dreams?
It is in Vietnam, 1967 that the men of an elite reconnaissance unit in which Johnny serves, do what GI’s have done since war began. In time spent not conducting military operations, they dream of the future and of better days that lie ahead.
In 1983, at The Vietnam Memorial, better known as “The Wall,” Johnny’s hopes, dreams and survival come face-to-face with the emotional but spiritual realization that is his. Who survived? Who lived out his dreams? Did any of them?
The Wall of Broken Dreams is certainly an adventure, as any Vietnam War story should be. More than that though, it is an inspirational story of the hopes and dreams of a young man serving his country with an elite army combat platoon in Vietnam. Website
by Tony Lazzarini.
Fly in a UH-1D (Huey) helicopter in Vietnam as a door gunner when the average life span was an expected 20 seconds in combat. Learn about the equipment, men and missions. A different kind of war story takes the reader inside the author's mind during his 21 month tour of duty. Read how helicopter missions were flown and why. Fly with the 25th Aviation "A" Company "Little Bears", one of the most decorated helicopter units of the Vietnam War. Twelve full color pictures.
The Endless Tour: Vietnam, PTSD, and the Spiritual Void|
by Amy L. Snow.
Rev. Amy L. Snow, M.A., is well qualified to write this book. She lived it! She is the sixth and last wife of Vietnam combat veteran, Dwight N. Snow, who is 100% permanently and totally disabled with PTSD. Through twenty years of observing her veteran husband's rarely verbalized but intensely felt memories of war and those of his veteran friends, she has learned much about the realities of PTSD.
by Michael J. Bishop.
Author's description:"Death Angel was written for those who died in Vietnam and for those who
survived, only to experience another kind of dying. They returned home with the scars of battle
safely hidden in their minds and hearts; many became peacetime casualties, accelerating the death
toll far beyond what is recorded on The Wall in Washington D.C. So great they were, these
comrades in arms-all scattered now, with their bad memories and haunted lives."
Coming of Age in the 60's : Surviving the Cold War
by Wayne R. Papp.
The unpopular war in Vietnam caused much rebellion and unrest among my generation. Many did not know what to believe. Was the war part of a global scheme to halt the spread of communism? During this turbulent period in our nation’s history there were many little known covert operations being carried out throughout the world. The Cold War was a struggle between communism and democracy, world domination to the victor. Confrontations were primarily between the United States and the Soviet Union. There were many other smaller nations throughout Europe and Asia involved in the fray, but this was not front-page news. A significant part of my book focuses on one of these small Asian countries. During the Vietnam Era, I spent eighteen months in the Republic of South Korea serving my country. Through my personal experiences I will reveal the political atmosphere of the Cold War, then and now.
One Zulu, By Curtis Randolph Kimes.Team One-Zulu, A long range reconnaissance patrol team. Six young men. Older than their years.The men of Team One-Zulu were no more brave than any other combat infantrymen in Vietnam - nor less so. Each man confronted the challenging assignment as a member of a team. It was the survival of Team One-Zulu that brought together so many. It is survival that haunts each participant after all these years. To order this book, contact the author directly.
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Chapter One by Bob Staranowicz.|
Vic Charles has returned from his tour but his sub-conscious has been left behind in Vietnam. He is a successful writer and is prepared to begin his second work. For reasons unbeknownst to him, he is stuck in "Chapter One" The flashbacks, the twitching and nightly sweats have once again reared their ugly head.
Vic tries not to let these re-occurrences bother him but they take their toll on what could be a very successful writing career. He does his best to keep the latest "terrors" from his wife.
Platoon: Bravo Company
by Robert Hemphill.
The author, (email@example.com) Why the book was written:
"When the movie "Platoon" was released, I and others who had served in
Bravo Company (the unit depicted in the movie) were not very happy with
the negative portrayal of our unit -- and us. Since I was the company
commander at the time of the movie's action, I decided to write what I
remember to be the real story of Bravo Company during that period.
The Proud Bastards
by E. Michael Helms.
One Marine’s journey from the rigors of boot camp at Parris Island through the hell of combat
in Vietnam at the height of the war. The Proud Bastards belongs in the library of every
Marine, every veteran or individual who has ever known or loved either. It will help the
uninitiated understand the pride and pain of the combat experience. (This book is sold by Karmichael Press)|