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Diary of a Sky Soldier Paperback – August 19, 2011
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About the Author
PERRY EKKER was born in 1947 and grew up in the small town of Hanksville, Utah before oil roads, telephones, television, and Lake Powell. At age 14, because there was no high school in Hanksville, he moved away from home to attend high school and lived with his Uncle in Green River, Utah. During his first year of college he was drafted by the military to serve his country. After 20 years of reliving the life-changing experience of Vietnam, he started writing his story to subdue the emotions. This true story is based on his diary entries and the letters he sent home to his mother. This once-in a-lifetime book came to ‘The End’ after 40-plus year of research and writing. It is now finished and he is enjoying the normal life of retirement, a Social Security check, the mortgage, 4-wheeling, camping, fishing, and playing his pedal steel guitar.
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Graduating from high school as a star athlete was quite an accomplishment; however, it was also a time for the author to make some decisions about his future. Perry narrowed those choices down to either getting very serious about college (boring) or signing up for military service which would allow him to take advantage of educational opportunities as well. Being the adventuresome type, Perry opted for the latter.
The author left home a very resilient, confident, and impervious young man dedicated to the "forever" love of his life that he planned to marry upon return from the Vietnam War. He returned "forever stronger" but -----.
Life changed quickly as Perry was forced to mature unnaturally fast from country living into the realities of becoming a front-line soldier. The "Diary of a Sky Soldier" will tap your every emotion. It's a love story; it is a chronicle of suspense, fear, bravery and anticipation, but it is most intriguing because it is a factual accounting of all the emotional conflicts the face of war brought to this young man. The weaknesses of the military system and the politics at play were also very enlightening.
A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the sacrifices and the life changing experiences of our young soldiers at war.
A day by day account from Boot Camp to Going Home in a new Muscle car.
Like so many young men from Smalltown, USA, Perry Ekker was young and nieve, but adventurous.
Follow along with him through the jungles of Vietnam, experience what he saw and heard in a strange land, thousands of miles from the comforts of home.