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Upon graduation from high school, Matt joined the Army with the intent of going to Vietnam and avenging his brother's death. He followed in his brother's footsteps, earning his jump wings and then volunteering for Vietnam - assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
The story follows Matt and two other friends from stateside training as his squad runs patrols through the countryside. Soon, they are sent to the infamous Ashau Valley, a stronghold for the NVA and seldom visited by American patrols. Their battalion is soon assigned to recon Hill 937, surveillance exposes a large enemy force in heavy duty bunkers and trench lines - the unit is then charged with taking the hill.
This begins 11 days of fighting between the 101st Airborne and the 29th NVA Regiment - the Hill is later referred to as "Hamburger Hill". There is a heavy toll in lives lost on both sides, the Americans suffer from lack of sleep, food, water and continuous assaults upon the hill which ends in stalemates. The story is rated as fiction, but it closely follows the actual battle to take this hill. Readers will be in awe as to how this story plays out. Most already know the outcome from history, but this author tells it like he was there. I should also point out that there is not ONE cuss word in this story, but there is also a heavy dusting of religion throughout.
The author, William Casselman, is an exceptional story teller and has a gift for writing, in this case almost 400 pages. My only complaint is that with all the time and effort it took to write this tome, the author failed to utilize an editor or proof-reader. The story is filled with typos, extra words, missing words, etc that should have been caught before publishing. These errors are distracting, and almost caused me to stop reading this story, but I stayed with it and saw it to the end. In fact, I'm sure that if the author rereads his own work, he'd be successful in correcting most if not all the errors.
Mr. Casselman, I commend you on your success of writing a great story. As a fellow author, I can relate to the many hours of typing, the many sacrifices made - both personal and family related, and the dedication required to write a long story such as "Apache Snow" - why throw it all away because of countless errors which sends the wrong message to your readers. Take the time and fix it...you'll be happy you did!
John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
M.E. George, S.S.
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