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Recall!: Return of the IRR Paperback – August 27, 2011
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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)
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you ever stationed in Germany, this is a must read. No matter what your MOS was.Published 13 months ago by K. Olsen
This is the second book I've read by Doug Depew. This one isn't as exciting or tense as the first, but it still has a place for historians.
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I have no military background and have never served in the military, but I do enjoy military history. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by James A. Anderson
I really enjoyed Recall!, a book about the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), its limited activation during Desert Shield and its affect on the author. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by James D. Crabtree