- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Writers AMuse Me (July 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 192704443X
- ISBN-13: 978-1927044438
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BOOTS: An Unvarnished Memoir of Vietnam Paperback – July 7, 2012
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Mr. Park's openness about what swirled in his head during his time in Vietnam makes this memoir truly unique. There are numerable instances where the proper actions to take in the field could not be more clear, and yet the commanders go with the opposite tactic -sometimes even putting soldiers in harm's way for no good reason. And often times, opportunities to sniff out the enemy are missed. When Mr. Park finally gets a chance to serve under some wise and experienced commanders, he is immensely relieved and appreciative.
Mr. Park's writing-style is also no-nonsense as he cuts out the fat and gets right to the heart of what he wants to say. There is economy and artistry to his prose - he has a way of drawing you in and making you feel you are right with him. The reader knows when danger is coming, and the suspense is nerve-wracking. One minute you are sharing the boredom and tedium with the soldier, the next you are in a firefight fearing for your life.
There is no bombast in this book. No bravado, no jingoism, no politics of any kind. It's a day-to-day accounting of what it was like to serve as a grunt in Vietnam. If you really want to know what it was like, this is the book to get.
After spending six months in the bush, Lt. Park is reassigned to the rear as the company XO, a support entity. At first, he misses those men he left behind and continues to monitor their patrols. However, he is soon bored and spends many afternoons at the local officers club- drinking and playing poker. He is later transferred to a position as liaison between the U.S. and the District leaders / ARVN forces...his new job is more enjoyable, allowing him more latitude to do things his way. He and his driver once work with a couple Special Forces divers on a mission and soon find themselves in mischief that could land them all in jail. Some of it is hilarious!
My only critique on the writing is the amount of typos and missing words throughout the tome. I would strongly suggest an editor to give it a once over and make the necessary corrections.
Thank you for your service, sir! Congratulations on publishing your memoir and giving us all an unvarnished glimpse into the mind of an infantry officer during the Vietnam War. Welcome Home!
John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
The author has a witty sense of humor and some of his thoughts made me laugh out loud.
I loved the rotation to REMF , getting a jeep and being the Colonel's man. I became the Top's radio operator, typist and jeep driver, and he never rode in the jeep, I used it as my sports car every day. Top ran HQ Co. for our Colonel, so no one questioned me.
Very good book, had to have been there to tell it, any brilliance of one individual wiped out by almost immoral acts of the ring knockers.
Thank you Stephan Parks for your memories, you would have made a great Marine, too.