In Kaisergruber's book, the listener discovers important issues of collaboration, the apparent contributions of the volunteers to the German war effort, their varied experiences, their motives, the attitude of the German High Command and bureaucracy, and the reaction to these in the occupied countries. This is a US Army helicopter pilot's candid, firsthand account of his Vietnam experience in the air and on the ground at the height of US troop strength and then again when he returned for a second tour of duty at the very end of the war.
It is a nonpolitical description of what life was really like for him and others who served in Vietnam. There is no embellishment or any secondhand stories from anyone else about their experiences in Vietnam. The Vietnam War is one of the most misunderstood military conflicts in 20th-century America.
Showcasing 72 true stories told by American servicemen who fought from the skies, this unique and historically significant collection is a stunning record of the air war in Southeast Asia during the s and s. John Edmund Delezen felt a kinship with the people he was instructed to kill in Vietnam; they were all at the mercy of the land.
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His memoir begins when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam in March of He volunteered for the Third Force Recon Company, whose job it was to locate and infiltrate enemy lines undetected and map their locations and learn details of their status. The duty was often painful both physically and mentally.
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He was stricken with malaria in November of , wounded by a grenade in February of , and hit by a bullet later that summer. He remained in Vietnam until December, Delezen writes of Vietnam as a man humbled by a mysterious country and horrified by acts of brutality. The land was his enemy as much as the Vietnamese soldiers.
He vividly describes the three-canopy jungle with birds and monkeys overhead that could be heard but not seen, venomous snakes hiding in trees and relentless bugs that fed on men. He recalls stumbling onto a pit of rotting Vietnamese bodies left behind by American forces, and days when fierce hunger made a bag of plasma seem like an enticing meal.
He writes of his fallen comrades and the images of war that still pervade his dreams. By: John Edmund Delezen. The duty was often painful both physically and mentally. He was stricken with malaria in November of , wounded by a grenade in February of and hit by a bullet later that summer.
He remained in Vietnam until December, Delezen writes of Vietnam as a man humbled by a mysterious country and horrified by acts of brutality. The land was his enemy as much as the Vietnamese soldiers. He vividly describes the three-canopy jungle with birds and monkeys overhead that could be heard but not seen, venomous snakes hiding in trees and relentless bugs that fed on men. It not only provides a true, accurate depiction of what Force Recon Marines faced and endured in Northern I Corps, it teaches the reader about the culture and rich history of that area.
Delezen is a gifted writer whose prose is poetic and haunting.
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Eye of the Tiger
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Eye of the tiger : memoir of a United States marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam
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