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This short and to the point story tells of a forgotten event in our history that, to those involved, was as emotional and heart wrenching as 9/11. Seventeen unarmed and unsuspecting sailors were enroute by bus to another part of their base in Puerto Rico 5 miles down the road when they were ambushed and left for dead. The story is given credence by the fact that woman author was a Naval officer stationed there when this tragedy took place. She explains how the enemy knew just when and where to make their appearance, as well as the eyewitness account of the ordeal as given her by the surviving sailors. This is a historical event that wont be found in our history books, but an ever-present part of the lives of the people involved, and how they have learned to deal with it.
I share the author's experience and her battles are similar to mine. During the following nine years of service, I had to explain why I wore a Purple Heart ribbon as a part of my dress uniform. Therefore, the December 3, 1979 event was refreshed in my mind over and over again. I have never sought help because I still doubt that anyone can understand. I salute Mrs. Stovall for a story well told and do remember serving with her.
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Unfortunately the book is a bust. The author spends three pages on the ambush and the rest is on her. She is suffering Traumatic Stress Syndrome. She was not on the bus or at the ambush location. But just serving on the quarterdeck as a watch officer. Nothing about the terrorist or the ensuing investigation.