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Product Details

  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (March 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480239666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480239661
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glenn K. Fannin Jr. was born at Fairborn, Ohio (then Osborn, Ohio) in 1948. "Age 66 with an eclectic, diverse background. Soldier, policeman, fireman, construction worker, contractor, employment agency manager, security manager, hospital non-clinical review writer, insurance agency owner, car salesman you name it." (Author's Edge Publishing Group 2009).

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Glenn K. Fannin Jr. was born at Fairborn, Ohio (then Osborn) in 1948. "Age 64 with an eclectic, diverse background. Soldier, policeman, fireman, construction worker, contractor, employment agency manager, security manager, hospital non-clinical review writer, insurance agency owner, car salesman you name it." (Author's Edge Publishing Group 2009).

Customer Reviews

Very well written.
Donna Perry
I have not finished reading it yet, but at first I was disappointed that it started out the way it did.
Norman Eggebraaten
Cutesy names annoying and I wondered if Fannin was trying to write a sex book.
Christine Maultra

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2013
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Book Review - We Served In Silence

As a former ASA and RR soldier I can say the book "We Served In Silence" brought back many memories of my time in the ASA. The Army was different back then and so were WE but fictional or not, this book will rekindle our memories of the life and times of those of US who served in silence way back when.

Loved the book cover, those of us who served with the ASA are drawn to the book when we see the familiar 509th RR Group Tiger Pin and ASA patch or at least I was.

Enjoyed the Army recruiter comments since most of us who dealt with any Army recruiter back then experienced about the same false truths regarding ASA not being in Viet Nam and that our service would be like that of James Bond.

Army basic and advanced individual training (AIT) comments were on the mark, we all had a culture shock with Drill Sergeants in our face, yelling, using profanity, and our having to do mindless task.

The ordeals of AIT were also on the mark, we all had doubts about being able to get the scores needed to keep us out of the Infantry and away from Viet Nam, after all doing well in AIT meant we would stay in ASA and not see Viet Nam...yea right!

All of the information provided in this fictional story is based on fact and details discussed bring back memories of my Basic, AIT and time in Viet Nam.
Mention of the threat of going to the Infantry for being average was a real threat in all AIT training units and scared the hell out of all of us when someone washed out and got orders for the Infantry.

Discussions of military and family relationships are on the mark, friendships were made and wives lost due to the pressure of training and the threat of Infantry and Viet Nam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee H. Bishop on July 22, 2013
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In communication with the author, Glenn told me that he took a fictional approach to this novel to avoid the red tape of dealing with the National Security Agency's (NSA) pre-publication department. Anyone who has been in an intelligence unit understands the wisdom of this approach.

I was a Vietnamese linguist and cryptographer. When they pulled me from the ASA detachment assigned to the 101st ABN (Det 3, 3rd RRU changed to Det 406, 8th RRU aka the Lost Detachment), they sent me to Phu Bai on the DMZ to train for Field Station operations (September 1966). Phu Bai was surrounded by the largest mine field in the world and, IIRC, had combat troops that were intended to move in to defend the facility if it came under attack.

I was then sent to Engineer Hill to join the 330th RRC that had just arrived in-country from Ft. Wolters, TX. I was always perplexed as to why the 330th was stuck out there on the perimeter of an engineering unit. As opposed to the security at Phu Bai, we pretty much just had us to handle any combat issues.

There were times when I could not put this book down. Not only because I could identify with the people, the locations, and the incidents, but because there are parts too exciting to interrupt. That kind of experience is always the mark of a book that you want to pass on to friends.

I was sent from basic training at Ft. Dix directly to the Presidio of Monterey for language training. I later had a lot of manual Morse Code Intercept Operators (ditty boppers/mill monkeys) and Directional Finding (Duffies) friends who had trained at Ft. Devens. This book gave me, at long last, a good understanding of their experiences, both training and social.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shirl Boyce Jr on June 17, 2013
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The story of the Army Security Agency (ASA), especially during the Vietnam Era and the large Cold War Era was much more complex than presented here, even as a piece of fiction. Ian Carter's, THE DEADLIEST WEAPON (2012), is a much better piece of fiction about the ASA and the important role it played during the Vietnam Conflict. A third non-fiction work, UNLIKELY WARRIORS (2013), by Lonnie M. Long and Gary B. Blackburn, is another superb work on the ASA in Vienam 1961-73. All this being said, I would recommend all three books for those like myself, who served in the ASA in the 1960's & 70's, but elsewhere than Vietnam. These writings have helped immensely in understanding the contributions of not only the ASA, but the Naval Security and Air Force Security as well. There work resulted in thousand of lives being saved during the Vietnam Conflict. We should not forget those who served elsewhere in the world at the same time. The Berlin Crisis was also very real, as Cuba.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Blair on June 6, 2013
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The author is an Army Security Agency veteran who served in SE Asia and is writing a fictional account of the exploits of many of his peers. Think of it as a generic retelling of the stories heard in bars among veterans. While I myself am also an Army Security Agency veteran, I did not serve in 'Nam, but could relate to many aspects of the Ditty City training, the TTC training and other experiences of his characters. It was an enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry E. Bogan on June 3, 2013
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I could certainly identify with Basic Training at Ft. Jackson and training as a Ditty Bopper at Ft. Devens as very accurate. I even had to have a Staff Sgt. in the operating room at the Ft. Deven's Hospital when I underwent Hernia surgery just in case I said anything sensitive in nature. The Sgt. would have had to debrief the surgeon and nurses who were in the operating room with me. That is not fiction but true!! Really enjoyed reading this book and finished it this past weekend. In fact, I could not put it down until I finished it. Great job Glenn!!
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