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Meet the Author: Doug DePew (Military history/memoir)


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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 9:22:22 AM PST
Howdy Doug. Yes TGIF!

Lynn

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 11:06:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2012 11:09:36 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
Thanks, Lynn! It has amazed me how small the world is since I wrote that first book. I've had so many people contact me to thank me. It's been quite humbling. That last guy was the platoon sergeant for my platoon around five years before I got there. For the people out there who don't know how strange that is, a platoon is about thirty to forty people. It's a VERY small unit. The platoon sergeant is the enlisted person in charge of it. It took up half of a floor on our barracks for our platoon. He just happened to find me and my book! It is a very small world.

There were a lot of people who did what we did. My specific unit was small (only a battalion), but we weren't the only ones. We were just security for that specific missile. There were people all over Europe and the world doing it for other weapons systems. Besides security, there were all the other people involved in keeping the weapons functioning and secure. Besides THAT, there were millions and millions of other people doing other jobs for the Cold War. It's pretty much been an untold story.

I think a bunch of them are thankful that somebody told the world about it. It's been nice.
Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 9:17:54 PM PST
I'll bet it is quite humbling. I think it is very interesting that some of them were in your particular unit either just before or just after you were there. Then you have all these others that were in similar units and are finding you/your book.

I'm sure that they are grateful for someone that found the words and put them together in order to help express how they feel but weren't sure how to exactly express. (I think you know what I'm trying to say).

Lynn

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 3:00:45 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Yes, it is very humbling. I'm proud that I was able to tell our story. It's meant a whole lot to the guys. Here's a review from one. I've posted excerpts, but here's the full review. I just heard from him on the fan page that he's about to take a trip to Germany with his wife and kids. His wife told him he needs to go back. He's going to visit Heilbronn and look for what's left of when we were there.

5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving Cco2/4 Inf, March 15, 2011
By Lawrence W Mullen (Philadelphia, NY United States) - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: SAT & BAF!: Memories of a Tower Rat (Paperback)
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

Thanks for checking in, Lynn!
Doug

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 3:52:10 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
I haven't posted any excerpts before. Here's one from SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat.

The next evening around six o'clock, we met at the same beer tent. By that point, the beer girls knew us. I saw Lisa from across the tent, and she waved me over. The tables were very long, worn oak and everybody sat on wooden benches. It was crowded toward the end of the fest. She introduced me to everybody around the table. Her mother, father, sister, and brother-in-law were all there. We had a wonderful time talking for quite some time. Her dad was pretty militant. I suspected he was involved with the IRA which could be a problem, but she was so hot. He sat across from me. I found out her brother-in-law was an E-6 with the engineers.

What was that? He was an engineer? That was definitely a problem. He was very polite to me, though. I never had any problem with him. It was just like a family dinner with a thousand people in our family.

Around eight o'clock, I saw a group of my friends walk through the door. I remember Sergeant Hildebrand, Rob, Henry Maldonado, Jeff Pojar, Shiff, Lockhart, and I think Big Jim was with them. Maldonado walked over to say hello. He leaned over close to me, and I whispered that her brother-in-law was an engineer. He just nodded at the ladies in his polite Texas way and shook hands with the men.

He whispered, "We're right over here if you need us."

That's when I noticed that the entire crew was dressed for a fight. You could always tell when Maldonado was looking for a fight. He'd wear ripped jeans and jungle boots. He usually had a white T-shirt with an anarchy sign drawn on it with a magic marker. He was either itching for a fight or he was going slam dancing later in one of the German punk clubs. He was the first person I met that liked Dead Kennedys as much as he liked George Strait. My guess on that night was a fight.

I kept visiting with Lisa and her family for a couple more hours without any problems. I liked her parents a lot. Then, around ten, I saw a group of GIs walk through the front door of the tent. They immediately glared at me and sat down over by the door.

"Oh ****," Lisa whispered.

"What?"

"They're from his unit. They already told him they don't like you dating me. I'm afraid they're here to start a fight," Lisa kept whispering.

"Don't worry about it. I fight for a living."

A short while after that, Lisa whispered with her sister. Then she leaned over to me and said, "We have to go to the bathroom. Please try not to get in a fight while we're gone."

I told her, "I'll do my best. I don't know how hard those guys are trying, though."

She rolled those beautiful green eyes at me and walked off with her mom and her sister. Within seconds of her leaving, the engineers came striding my direction. One of them leaned over by my ear, put his hand on my back, and said quietly, "You can't sit with her."

I dismissively stated, "Ok," and took a drink of beer as I turned back toward Lisa's dad.

He put his hand on my shoulder and said, "I'm not kidding. You really can't sit with her." Then he tightened a grip on the back of my neck.

I again said,"Ok," and went on ignoring him.

He then squeezed the back of my neck a little harder and said, "How about we go outside and talk about this."

I motioned to Maldonado with my hand as I stood up and said, "How `bout we talk about it right here?"

Nobody else at the table could hear us because the tent was so loud, and we were talking barely above a whisper. The entire tent could hear that liter beer mug cracking against the side of his head, though. I hit him with a mug I had sitting by my feet as I stood up. The rest of the guys were already coming across the tops of tables knocking over beers as they charged. They jumped on the tops of engineers and the fight was on. I got a couple more hits in, but unfortunately I knocked the table over spilling beer on Lisa's dad.

Then SGT Hildebrand yelled,"MPs are coming! Get out!"

We all ran out the back door to the tent. Sergeant Hildebrand pulled my face down to examine it in the dark.

"There's blood on your shirt! It's not yours, so I guess you won. Now let's get out of here before we get arrested." This wasn't just my friend talking. He was also my Team Leader, and a very good one to have on your side in a fight.

"I can't leave. My date's still in the bathroom."

"We are not staying here to get arrested. The MPs are coming through the other door to the tent right now. Let's go!"

We ran all the way back to the barracks. I was sure this was going to take a lot of explaining the next time I saw Lisa. For the time being, we were getting ready for another site tour.

I hope you enjoyed it. Still $2.99 on Kindle!
Thanks,
Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 10:48:17 AM PST
That is one of those reviews that tells how you affected someone emotionally. That's always a good thing.

I'm trying to be better about checking in. Some days are better than others.

Lynn

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 10:54:05 AM PST
I enjoyed this excerpt. I hope others do as well.

Lynn

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 3:35:18 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Thanks, Lynn! I hope you're having a good day. It was beautiful around here today.

Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 4:49:59 PM PST
You're welcome.

Yes, I'm having a good day. The weather was gray but by mid-afternoon the sun broke through and it warmed up nicely.

Hope your book sales are doing well. I've been trying to do some updates for people as to where to find our book. I've noticed lots of free books out there as well. When our second book goes live we might consider the KDP program. Have you considered it?

Lynn

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 7:35:38 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
I'll probably try it out when I get something new out there, Lynn.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 8:37:33 PM PST
*waves to Doug*

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 3:52:05 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Hi, Patience! Glad to have you here. I hope life's treating you good.
Doug

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 9:59:55 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
Hi, everybody! SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat is being featured at ISelfPub today. It's right here:
http://iselfpub.com/2012/02/sat-baf-memories-of-a-tower-rat-by-doug-depew/

If you'd like to tweet it or comment, that would be groovy!
Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 9:37:19 AM PST
I tweeted it out for you. Hope it helps.

Lynn

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 10:39:34 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
Thanks, Lynn! I hope everybody out there's having a super start to the work week.

Doug

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 9:29:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2012 2:38:10 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
What a nice surprise! I just saw a brand new review of my book Recall! Return of the IRR.

"5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating journey!, February 7, 2012
By Robert Peter Thompson (Apple Valley, MN) - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Recall!: Return of the IRR (Paperback)
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."

What a great way to start the day!
Doug

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 11:04:24 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
How's everybody doing on this fine hump day? I'm still plugging along here in middle-America.

I hope this finds you all having a joyous day. We're still above the ground, so it's all downhill from there.
Doug

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 5:58:37 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
How's everybody doing this morning? It's Thursday! That's almost as good as Friday. I just want to say hello to all of you and remind you of my two titles.
SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat is $2.99 on Kindle.
Recall! Return of the IRR is $.99.

They're both military memoirs that are fast-paced and entertaining. They're written to be read in either order, so feel free to try out the cheap one to see if you like it. I'm confident that, if you do, you'll want to read both!! Both books have reviews if you'd like to see what people are saying about them. If nothing else, try out a sample. Even if this isn't your typical book, I believe you will like it. They're pretty funny stories.
Thanks,
Doug

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 3:49:30 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Wow! What a great week this has been. I just got a new review for SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat. What a wonderful surprise.

"4.0 out of 5 stars DIfferent to say the Least. Well worth the time., February 9, 2012
By Jeff Dawson "Direktor59" (Kaufman,tx.) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat (Kindle Edition)
I have read many accounts of veterans from WWI to Vietnam. This one stands out on its own. All of the other books were of soldiers in the front lines fighting a known enemy. The main enemy in this book is boredom and the threat of being attacked.

Mr. DePew graphically describes the escapades of the unit he served with for two years in Germany, 2/4. At first I was turned off by the content but then this isn't like "Chickenhawk," or "Soldat." The only real enemy appears at the gates of the Pershing compound once a year (Easter) to demonstrate against the US deploying mid-range nukes aimed at Russia. How many of us remember the protests being carried on TV. I do. The Germans wanted us out, or at least the young people who thought the US was somehow inflaming the Russians to use Germany as the testing ground for WWIII. Wonder how many protests occurred in the Eastern Bloc countries during the same period?

How does the average kid of 18 to 24 spend his days when not on duty? Liquor and women, what else! Some might not like the content because of the subject matter, but seriously, how many of us that attended college or even those that didn't; how did we spend our days after work. Work, yeah we went to work everyday for eight to twelve hours. We knew the tasks assigned to us with something to show for our efforts each day. These men/women only had the tedium broken by the entertainment that was on hand. Imagine being boxed in an area of twenty acres for two years, with only drills and Tower Duty to break the monotony of the routine. How many of us have the fortitude to survive solitary for two days, weeks, much less, two years?

Once I finished the book I really thought about how highly strung these men/women were. Boredom has killed more people then we care to think of. So, don't be too hard on these men and women who really did have a thankless job keeping the United States military on a twenty-four hour alert during the Cold War. Their effort and sacrifice (under the leadership of Reagan) were instrumental in bringing down the Russian Bear without ever firing a shot in anger.

On a final note, I had to listen to the song "Silverwings," by Merle Haggard. the German girls hated it because those wings were taking away the men they had enjoyed and come to know.

Mr. DePew, I salute you and your comrades for your service."

I'm smiling again!
Doug

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 10:15:42 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
Well, here we are again! TGIF!!!

I hope everybody's had a wonderful work week and that you have an even better weekend planned.
Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 3:52:44 PM PST
Sounds like you've had an awesome week. Hope you continue to have a great one!

Lynn

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 6:30:49 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Yeah, this has been a really great week, Lynn! Next week will be even better.

Life is good.
Doug

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 6:53:33 PM PST
hussain says:
Hi Doug, my name is mohammad hussain and looking to sell my photographs. if required for your book covers please let me know and you may have a look at them.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 11:56:59 AM PST
Doug DePew says:
I'll keep you in mind for the future, hussain.

How's everybody doing? We've got this strange white stuff all over the place today. I googled it, and it seems like they call it "snow"!
:-)
Doug

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 1:35:00 PM PST
Doug DePew says:
Hello, Amazon! Happy Valentine's Day!!

If anybody out there has a veteran in their life as their spouse, lover, or just a plain old Valentine, you might check out my books. They're both fast-paced and interesting. They've been quite popular with the veterans who've read them.
SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat ($2.99 on Kindle or $12.95 in paperback)
Recall! Return of the IRR ($.99 on Kindle or $8.95 in paperback)

They're both completely true and as accurate as my memory could make them. I think you're veteran would enjoy them.
Thanks,
Doug
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