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Recall! Return of the IRR [Kindle Edition]

Doug DePew
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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There hadn't been a full-scale recall of the Individual Ready Reserves since the Korean War. In January of 1991, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, many people believed it would take World War III to trigger a recall of the IRR. Many people were wrong.

They came from cities and farms and towns in every corner of the country. With only a few days' notice, they quit their jobs, dropped out of college, kissed their girlfriends or wives, and got on planes to Atlanta, Georgia with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They had long hair, beards, and bad attitudes. They descended by the thousands on Fort Benning, Georgia, and they were not happy about it at all.

In this entertaining, true story, the author relates his own experiences as one of twenty-thousand IRR recalls who were ordered back to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. In a story reminiscent of "The Dirty Dozen" times ten thousand, the author takes you through the entire experience from beginning to end. He carries you along for the ride and explains exactly what it was like to be a recall. With the many IRR recalls over the last ten years of warfare, this first hand account could shed some light on how the current era of recalls began. (29,000 words +/-)

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This book is a fascinating journey from the high jinks of life in a Florida music studio college to reunion with the reality and rigors of life on Army Time. Often funny, sometimes profane, but thoroughly captivating. I enjoyed the ride. ~~By Robert Peter Thompson, author of "Everything Happened in Vietnam"

DePew relates his own story and experience as one of the thousands called up to serve on active duty. Depew relates his experience in a lighthearted way; this is a great book for those who have no close family in the military while proving of interest to those that have served.  ~~Jim Greenwald, Military Writer's Society of America (2012)

About the Author

The author spent four years, one month, and seventeen days as an active duty US Army Infantryman including the recall to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. After the Army, he spent an additional five years in the USNR as a Storekeeper and Master at Arms. He earned a BSEd in history from Southwest Missouri State University, taught public school, was a corrections officer, taught juvenile delinquents for the state, and now teaches in a prison for the federal government. He lives in the country in southwest Missouri with his wonderful wife on a beautiful piece of the world.

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  • File Size: 196 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466216468
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GYICRI
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Military September 5, 2011
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I should say two things up front: First, this book in general is for people who have a military background. Also possibly for family members of people who are/were in the military. Secondly, a mature audience rating is recommended.

As for the book itself, it is autobiographical. It sheds light on the author and his background. I never read Doug DePew's first book, SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat, but I feel sure that I will at some point in the near future.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed Recall! Return of the IRR. I could plainly visualize the events as they were unfolding. I'm former U.S. Air Force so it wasn't difficult to do. In addition, I was a dependent spouse to an U.S. Army Reservists who participated in Operation Desert Storm. So the book took on a more personal feel as it progressed. There are humorous parts of the book as well, I was reminded of the movie Stripes in some parts but you'll have to read the book to understand why.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! February 25, 2012
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This book is today's non-fiction equivalent of Joseph Heller's Catch-22.

I wasn't aware that discharged military personnel were expected to be available for emergency recall. Here was a man who had served his country in the Army for four years and was discharged. He began a new civilian life, but several months later, he was recalled to active duty. Hello Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Apparently, thousands of people were recalled. Wrong uniforms were issued, ranks were ignored, and money was handled haphazardly. Seasoned veterans were sent to a facility for new recruits. No one knew how to behave or what was expected. There were no barracks, no orders, and no specific retraining. The author made sure that confusing military terminology was explained, as were the nicknames for some facets of military life.

Despite leaving a new future with good prospects; a 3-ring circus at Ft. Benning, GA; and walking pneumonia, the author made me believe in the truth of the patriotism of almost everyone he served with.

This book was definitely written from a guy's perspective, but I think it crosses the gender divide.

I received this book for free in order to review it for the website The Kindle Book Review. I am in no way connected to the author or his publisher(s).

-- Java Davis
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating journey! February 7, 2012
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As a Vietnam veteran, author of the book: "Everything Happened in Vietnam: The Year of the Rat"
and subject to recall upon termination of my enlistment with the Marine Corps in 1969, I remember that itchy feeling just below the surface of my conscious thoughts, as I adjusted to life as a civilian back into The World. What if? What if I was called back up and sent back into war. How would I react?

Mr. DePew takes the reader on just such a journey when, after discharge from the Army and having nestled back into `the good life', with prospects of an exciting career in the music industry, he finds himself unexpectedly staring at a piece of paper from good old Uncle Sam telling him: "We want you back". It was not a request.

This book is a fascinating journey from the high jinks of life in a Florida music studio college, to reunion with the reality and rigors of life on 'Army Time', with an assortment of not so happy recalled veterans and the adjustment and metamorphosis back into the physical, mental and emotional state and unit cohesion of a fighting unit ready for combat. Often funny, sometimes profane, but thoroughly captivating.

I enjoyed the ride.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Military Memoir January 15, 2013
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Recall! Return of the IRR is a well-written account of a very unique military experience. Author Doug DePew describes being ordered back to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in vivid detail.

I estimate that I've written over 1000 resumes for military personnel looking to transition into civilian jobs. Each one involved spending about an hour talking about various aspects of military life with each soldier. I thought I had a strong handle on the military experience until I read this book. DePew does an excellent job of capturing numerous facets of military life that never make it to the silver screen or the dinner tables of America.

The story is communicated in a manner that is easily understood by civilians. While acronyms are endemic to the language of the military, DePew steers us through this potential hazard like an experienced tour guide driving through a dense forest. Strong editing helped tremendously in this regard. If you're looking for a military memoir that delivers from start to finish, don't miss this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Glimpse Into Military Life May 29, 2012
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This book is a fascinating glimpse into the life of an ex-military man who is recalled to service when war once again threatens to erupt. We see the total disruption to the life he'd been building. Then we travel with him to his new military base and feel the instant camaraderie between these men who'd been pulled back from their civilian lives.

I've never been in the military. My husband is ex-Army, though we got married after he'd been out for several years. I don't have much background in military jargon, but I didn't find that a problem with this book. DePew clarifies his terminology so that anyone can understand.

This is an interesting read for those with military background, or for anyone who'd like to understand what it's like for these men and women who put their lives on the line for us each and every day.
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More About the Author

The author spent four years, one month, and seventeen days as an active duty US Army Infantryman. After his time in C 2/4 Infantry (Pershing), he spent the balance of his four year enlistment in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado leaving active duty with an honorable discharge in 1990. He was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He spent an additional five years in the Naval Reserves and earned a BSEd in history from Southwest Missouri State University. Since college, he has taught public school, was a corrections officer, taught juvenile delinquents for the state, and now teaches in a prison for the federal government. Today, he lives on a beautiful piece of ground in the country in southwest Missouri with his wonderful wife.

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