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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432771329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432771324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug DePew's sense of humor shines in this memoir. He had me laughing at many of the antics. I enjoyed reading DePew's story. It is well-written and the style is conversational. I could imagine sitting with him and listening to him reminisce. DePew wrote this book in honor of his fellow soldiers. Let them not be forgotten. -Reader's Favorite

DePew and his buddies were hard drinking, brawling, fraulein-chasing, pranksters who, when duty called, seriously guarded the warheads and missiles from Soviet and peacenick attacks. Men who bonded and always had each others back. I appreciated DePews' story and will keep the book on my shelf. ~Lee Boyland, Military Writer's Society of America

DePew is an engaging writer. His narrative in "SAT & BAF!: Memories of a Tower Rat" is fast-moving, filled with quick wit, genuinely honest and candid. ~~ Richard R. Blake for Reader Views

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. 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, small dog, and orange cat.

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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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He ask me if we really lived like that.
Lawrence W Mullen
The book is a quick, easy read and will have you laughing at many of the adventures.
J.Anderson
This book brought back many fond memories of the time I spent in C-2-4.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J.Anderson on March 17, 2011
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...as opposed to my 4 year hitch in the army!!

Doug DePew's book is truly a snapshot in time, a journey into one of the most unique US Army infantry battalions that existed during the cold war era. 2d Bn 4th INF had been in Germany with it's parent unit, 56th Field Artillery (Pershing)for several decades (HQ was activated in Heilbronn in the early 60's). The replacement of the Pershing 1's with Pershing 2's began in the early 80's however. This was in response to Soviet deployment of the SS-20, a mobile nuke missle with a range of over 2,000 miles (The P1 had a range of 400). Although highly controversal, the deployment of the P2, combined with the Cruise missile are the weapon systems most credited with helping to hasten the end of both the Warsaw Pact and USSR.

Doug's book begins with his arrival at Frankfort, Germany late fall 1986. He is a freshly minted US Army Lightweapons Infantryman, MOS 11b, 18 y/o and straight out of Ft Benning. Although Doug probably saw himself riding about Germany on a M113 or maybe the just deploying Bradley IFV, the army, after careful screening has another mission for Doug and the 10-20 other screened 11b's arriving at Frankfort that week. Doug gets assigned to 2/4, an infantry battalion who's only mission is guarding the Pershing missiles. While Doug could have gone to Neu Ulm with the bulk of 2/4, he gets assigned to the seperate company, Charlie which operated a couple hours away in Heilbronn.

The book proceeds on his two year journey there, as another reviewer pointed out, written in a nice conversational tone. Doug puts you there as he meets his fellow 'cherries' (FNGs, new guys) hits the town for the first time, does his first site tour, the craziness that ensued after almost all site tours.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Mazzotta on August 31, 2012
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Doug Depew stepped off a 747 after it landed in Germany. It was to be the most powerfully memorable annex of his life. Often it is said in written reviews, "This is not the sort of book I usually read." I must say it now. I have not experienced the armed forces. Though I am pleased and proud to be an American and have given due respect to our military men and woman, I would have not read this book if I did not meet Doug Depew on a writer's discussion group. His personality doesn't reveal the jolting experiences he tells of in SAT&BAF. He is likable and has a pleasant friendliness about him.

He takes you with him to Germany and introduces you to his platoon, a family of new "brothers" while your mouth hangs open in shock at some of their shenanigans. Aligning himself with the perimeters of a serious mission, he manages to preserve his passion for fun, sex, relationships with beautiful German girls, booze banquets and insane ideas while off base. SAT&BAF is written in a flowing conversational manner. He exhibits a style of his own while he describes the years he spent in West Germany. He goes on to explain in detail his nightlife in the military and his responsibilities as a soldier commissioned to guard a nuclear storage station in a country where he was a foreigner. The menacing fight to keep himself alive while evolving from boy to man, his cohorts often risk that process with some ideas that could have cost him more than his luck had to give.

His experience during a time in American history few really know of will inform you and make you rethink the cold war.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The real Jeff Pojar on March 22, 2011
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Doug,
Got the book yesterday in the mail, thank you, and spent rest of the day reading it. I do have to say you pretty much nailed it. My "welcome to Germany" was even similar to yours! The mid-80s in Europe were a strange time period.
Some of the stuff you remembered blew my mind. I had practically forgot that my clearance/PRP took so because I had living relatives in then Yugoslavia. You captured the off site life very well. I do remember the infamous jungle juice party. It was rumored that someone even added rubbing alcohol to the mix.
Some might be taken back by the life we lived. We were young, stressed out, and resigned to die when the balloon went up. We were a priority target for a Soviet attack and knew it. We worked hard, played harder, and took care of our buddies. If you attacked one, you attacked us all (as Doug points out a few times) and we were going to let you know. We were not undisciplined mob as some may read it. We took our mission very seriously and did more to save a soldiers career (teaching, coaching, counseling, and CCF if needed) than any other unit I saw since.
I already ordered a copy that the rest of my family can read. My copy will be next to my other signed works by Mike Novosel, Hal Moore, David Hackworth, and Mark Bowden.
Congratulations Doug. You've recorded a piece of history that few ever knew existed or cared to consider.
Well done sir, well done.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence W Mullen on March 15, 2011
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I got the book last Thursday night and was finished by Sunday. It brought back so many memories. Doug thanks for putting it down in black and white. My wife is reading it now and Laughing as much as I did. It was funny reading about Frank he was one of a kind. It has been 20 some years and I still think about that place everyday. It was the fasted three years of my life. My wife was saying tonight that you hit it all, Site, drinking, Field, Drinking, Fighting at the clubs, Drinking. Oh ya did I mention drinking. I think it was our way of dealing with it all. Thanks for bring it back. This Book is one of a kind and a great read. My young son picked it up and started reading it. He ask me if we really lived like that. All I could do was smile and say yes...Larry
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