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Just another book about Vietnam? Wait; don't dismiss this memoir out of hand. Every experience is different and every soldier has both a shared and a unique vision of that experience and Randy Mixter tells an honest and humorous story of his time in Vietnam in Letters From Long Binh. 
In sharing his memories through the letters of that time in his life Mixter has opened the door into his and many Veterans lives. 
History buffs and those that simply do not understand what it is like to serve in country need to read this. It will definitely open their eyes.
The Military Writers Society of America

A terrific read for any Vietnam veteran especially, as well as as a good book for anyone who needs an idea of what life was like for the average Military Policeman, a member of a group of young guys usually no older than the other soldiers they worked to protect and serve, and what they brought to bear on the job they had to do.
Highly recommended. - Dennis Mansker, Author of A Bad Attitude: A Novel Of The Vietnam War

This book is gritty and intense. I highly recommend it. - Jeffrey Miller - author of War Remains and Ice Cream Headache

Well written, it will hold your interest through the entire book. I can highly recommend this excellent read. - John Schembra - author of M.P., A Novel Of Vietnam 

He does not write this as if he is a one man army beating all the odds.
And that is a breath of fresh air. There are so many guys who are so full of it with their "war stories". I wrote in my book that I never fired my gun(s) even though I ran convoys, etc. A few were surprised at that, but MOST of us didn't, but you wouldn't know it by the stories that are told. Way to go Randy!! - Jim Stewart - author of The Angel From Vietnam  

From the Author

In July of 1966, I enlisted in the United States Army. At the time I was dating a pretty girl of Italian heritage named Roni.
On the day I left for boot camp in Fort Gordon, Georgia, I told her I would write her as often as I could, everyday if they let me.       
And I did. I wrote her many letters from boot camp and an equal amount from my two week leadership training school and the eight week military police school (A.I.T.) also at Fort Gordon.
I made two vows to Roni during my short stay at home before I left for Vietnam. The first was that I would continue to send letters home to her, as many as I had time to write. The second vow was that one day we would be husband and wife.
I was true to my word. While I was in Vietnam I wrote letters to Roni almost daily. Most were of a romantic nature for which I offer no apologies. I was twenty years old and madly in love and that's that.
Upon my return from overseas, I was delighted to discover that Roni had saved every letter I had written during the year we were apart.
Those letters lay sealed in the darkness of several closets throughout the years. When I eventually got around to reading them a few years ago, I noticed the print had faded on some and the paper had yellowed on most. I had the thought of one day preserving those old memories of love, hope, friendship, and war in a more honorable fashion. And so in the summer of 2011 I began to sort through the many pages of my army years, noting those letters of interesting and informative content. Not surprisingly, most were from my time in Vietnam.
In Letters From Long Binh, you will find several stories taken from the letters I wrote home from the other side of the world in 1967. 
Over the course of time, the writings in this book became memoirs of a young military policeman in a strange and often dangerous place.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466426993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466426993
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ADVENTURES IN STORYTELLING

Author Randy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has twelve novels and three short stories available, with more on the way.

Find out about new releases, special discounts, and free book promotions at https://sites.google.com/site/randymixtersbooksite/

Check out his Facebook author's page at: https://www.facebook.com/RandyMixtersBooks

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Northwooder1
Read his blog at: http://randy-mixter.blogspot.com/

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard Alan on February 28, 2012
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This is a great story of a soldier's time in Vietnam from a non-combat point of view. The author,Randy Mixter was a member of the military police. He sent letters home to his girlfriend (now wife) which he turned into this cleverly crafted volume. It also includes some of his wife's letters to him. I found his stories to be very interesting as they were coming from the Military Police perspective. I was an infantryman in Vietnam and experienced the action in a different way.

Adventures such as finding a naked soldier with a prostitute take on added interest when the naked soldier puts on his uniform and is found to be a colonel! This memoir is stocked with stories that run the gamut of heartwarming to funny to sad. This volume should be on the shelf of everyone who has an interest in the Vietnam War.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John R. Schembra on March 3, 2012
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In his book, "Letters From Long Binh" Randy Mixter paints a very vivid picture of the life of a Vietnam M.P. It is a good read for all, not just Vietnam Veterans. He gives the reader a clear picture of the daily life and duties of a combat M.P. Taken from letters he wrote home during his tour of duty, the book is presented in "diary" form. It is an authentic chronicle what M.P.s experienced and felt during a deadly and confusing conflict. Well written, it will hold your interest through the entire book. Having served at Long Binh myself as an M.P. it was easy to relate to the book. I can highly reccomend this excellent read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2012
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Wow, this was an amazing book. It brought so many emotions to the forefront. A book that can make me cry is usually a book that will make me read it twice. I felt like I was sitting there with the soldier as he poured his heart out. I have so many family members that went to war and this book was an excellent book to really let you know how a soldier is feeling. I can't believe Randy Mixer shared this very personal information with us but I'm pleased that he did. You will be missing out if you skip this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mansker on December 1, 2011
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Letters from Long Binh is a collection of letters that Randy Mixter wrote to his then-girlfriend -- later wife -- Roni during his year in Vietnam. Mixter captures in a bright readable way what his life had been like as an MP at Long Binh (just northwest of Saigon), whose varied duties included highway cruising, "rat patrol" (riding around in a Jeep mounted with a machine gun, usually at night) in the village of Bien Hoa, as well as gate guard, perimeter guard and convoy security for truck convoys hauling ammunition and food to some of the far-flung infantry base camps in the area around Long Binh and Saigon.
Written in a breezy writing style and concentrating as much as possible on the positive aspects of the job, Letters from Long Binh provides a glimpse into a little-seen world, that of the Military Policeman.
For most of the rest of us in Vietnam, the MPs were just another difficulty to overcome, avoid or misdirect. The gang I hung out with for the most part were just months away from "cruising the gut" in their home towns all over America, rodding their '56 Chevvies, sneaking illicit beer and avoiding the local cops. When we got to Vietnam, pretty much the same things happened. We would skip out to the nearest ville, cruise around in Jeeps with non-government mufflers (the classic Smitty was a perfect replacement part), drop into bars to drink beer and fondle the bar girls, and occasionally get into fistfights and then try like hell to avoid the cops.
Letters from Long Binh puts a human face on those military policemen and it gave me many new insights into the lives and duties of the MPs. After reading it I felt kind of bad for doing some of the devilish things I had done just to bug them...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joan Gunby on December 6, 2011
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As I am a fan of Randy Mixter's last two books, "The Boys of Northwood", and "Sarah of the Moon", I was anxiously awaiting his next one. Now, I do not usually read books about wars but because I so enjoy Mixter's writing style I decided to give this one a try. I was not sure what to expect but I need not have worried. This book does not disappoint if you want humor, honesty and truth about a soldier's days in Vietnam as a military policeman. Mixter's latest treasure is filled with detailed descriptions of his "mis"adventures in a war-torn country where no one wanted to be on a good day let alone during a war. It is an easy read and I highly recommend it anyone, guys or gals. Write on Randy!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tommy J. Skiens on May 28, 2012
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The American dream lives in Randy Mixter's book; Letters from Long Binh. In love and devoted to his high school sweetheart Randy was also determined to fulfill his obligation to his country by serving as a military policemen in war torn Vietnam.
Traffic accidents and bar fights in the forbidden zone dominated Randy's tour and lulled one into believing that the war was far away. His duties seamed a lot like riding a patrol car in any large American city but the truth of violent lethal contact with an experienced and heavily armed foe was ever present. This story is told with honesty and integrity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell L. Allen on July 16, 2012
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Letters from Long Binh made me think about my experience in Vietnam. My father put me on a bus in downtown Baltimore on 1-1-68 for FT. Dix. I flew out of McGuire AFB the next day. I went in through Long Binh but there were barracks there then. The smell of the place was also the first thing I remembered too.

I enjoyed the book throughly. Welcome Home Randy!

Russ Allen
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