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Kimchee Days, Or, Stoned-Cold Warriors Paperback – March 15, 2010
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In a time when super-power rivalries defined the direction of nations and the destiny of America's youth, KIMCHEE DAYS takes us into the Cold War of 1970's South Korea at a time of coming of age for a crew of young American Cold Warriors manning Foxtrot Battery, one of America's most advanced anti-aircraft missile system. It is a modern voyage into our ancient souls, into our very essence on which we embark, it is M*A*S*H with nuclear tipped missiles, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in combat fatigues, with a touch of COLD WAR reality to keep you from putting it down.
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.
In a book noted for its humor, I found this incident the most CHILLING. A routine drill known as "Blazing Skies" had just morphed into a potential nightmare that could have started a North -South Korean "hot" war and perhaps warmed up a chilled Cold War into World War 3. And so was life in the Nike Hercules antiaircraft batteries in the 1970's near the DMZ. As a veteran whose sole experience of the Cold War was state side, this was all new territory to me, and I found it fasicinating!
The trials, tribulations and "free enterprise" opportunities of a young, new recruit are spelled out in graphic detail in Tim Gatto's EXCELLENT book, "KIMCHEE DAYS or Stoned-cold Warriors" a fictionalized account of the author's - and others - experiences on the front lines of the Cold War. Populated by a cast of weird characters and with Gatto's usual sparse, no fluff or frills writing style, "KIMCHEE DAYS" is Tim Gatto at his finest -and leaves the reader hungry for more - much more. From the officious First Shirt to the highly admirable guard dog Fred and his fine "taste" in Commanding Officers, I promise the book will please and delight the discriminating reader of historical fiction.
And really, like so many others, I want to know... What became of FRED?
I very good read as well as being entertaining while being most factual...one thing thought is that the "black market" was not as open and many were caught.
Good read, I even let the ex know about the book so he could read it.
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I was very excited to read this book when I heard about it from a veteran friend of mine on Facebook. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith Gander
I served in Nike batteries in the US and Germany (though on the launcher side), so much of this rings true. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Toyman
A young man in the `60s had to face three life-altering choices upon graduation: get a job, and wait for the military to draft you; join a branch of the military that you could... Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Randall M. Tillotson
Timothy Gatto's book reminds us that the U.S. military has been a presence in Asia for a very long time. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Helen Gregory