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David and Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story (Modern Southeast Asia Series) Hardcover – September 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Southeast Asia Series
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896726940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896726949
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David L. Nelson, a graduate of Texas Tech University who holds the J.D. from Southern Methodist University, spent three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He currently works as a tax consultant for major nonprofit organizations in Texas, and lives with his family in Houston.Randolph B. Schiffer graduated from Yale College in 1969, fought with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam, and returned to become a physician. He currently hunts extensively in Northern Michigan, manages investments in Santa Fe, and writes fiction in both places.

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Extremely well written.
Djohn Ogren
I am also very fortunate to be a friend and colleague of David Nelson and was awarded the wonderful opportunity to discuss this book over lunch recently.
Judy Ahlgrim
Col Fox a Medal of Honor Recipient has a lot of information about Lee Roy.
don williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By don williams on November 2, 2011
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I know David Nelson as well as his best friend Lee Roy commanding officer Col. Wes Fox. Col Fox a Medal of Honor Recipient has a lot of information about Lee Roy. This a great and sad story about two buddies that grew up together,went to school together and joined The Marine Corps together.It is hard for one to try to understand that the Marine Corps puts you where you are needed. In David part it was to go to Law School. For Leroy it was to be sent to Nam. Where he was killed and awarded the Navy Cross.It has eaten at David for years and I hope since he has written this book and is sharing it with everyone it will make his life alot better. David is a great guy and has raised a lot of funds for Lee Roys scholarship. This is a great, and easy read,I am sure you will enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Former BUF Driver on December 27, 2011
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For any man who was of draft age during the ten years of the Viet Nam War (back then referred to as a "conflict"), this book will ring true. If you went to that war and survived, it is a source of pride the rest of your life. If you did not go, you considered yourself extremely lucky at the time, but later would consider the issue of your own manhood as unresolved. After all, we were raised on the John Wayne movie image of manhood (which is pretty interesting in itself, since he ducked WWII), and war was fed to us as the ultimate measuring stick.
David Nelson does a good job of describing his admiration for his high school buddy who went to war (and never returned)...and his ambivalence about himself, who joined the marines but didn't have to go to Viet Nam, leaving the "ultimate test" issue unresolved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jofjones on January 10, 2012
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It's a straight forward account of two friends during the Viet Nam War era - one died and one lived. For those who remember those times, it brings back all the heartbreak and for those who don't, it's a look at the past. The first chapter reads like poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on December 27, 2011
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As they approached the end of high school in Lubbock, Texas, David Nelson and Lee Roy Herron would find themselves having to make the same decision thousands of other young men their age were making around the country. The Vietnam War was raging and their peers were dying there by the dozens every week. Would David and Lee Roy enlist; wait to be drafted; find a way to avoid the conflict as long as possible, gambling that the war would end before their draft deferments did; or would they run? The boys, best friends as long as either could remember, took the honorable road of signing up for Marine Corps officer training with active duty to follow their graduation from Lubbock's Texas Tech University.

Fateful decisions were made at Texas Tech. David opted, with the blessing of the Marines, to delay active duty while he attended law school at Southern Methodist University. Lee Roy, to the surprise of no one who knew him, decided to live his boyhood dream of fighting for his country, and was assigned the role of combat infantry leader upon completion of a Vietnamese language school. David, from the moment he decided on law school, worried that he had let his old friend down and began to withdraw from contact with Lee Roy. He tried to convince himself that he skipped Lee Roy's wedding because of law school demands, but he still felt guilty about missing the opportunity to see his old friend one last time before Lee Roy left for combat.

Just two months into his tour of duty in Vietnam, Lee Roy Herron died a hero, killed in battle against overwhelming odds, and David Nelson would feel guilty for the rest of his life about the different paths he and Lee Roy had taken.
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