Silent Heroes: A Recon Marine's Vietnam War Experiences Kindle Edition
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Rick tells a very compelling story of his tour as a Recon Marine in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Initially, he develops the story by lulling the reader into believing that his tour consisted more of workaday, routine, uneventful patrols. Everybody is relatively happy and carefree, though certainly cautious, while getting to know each other and the expected "bonding" process among the Marines progresses apace. Then, BOOM! the action begins and the harsh reality of war, i. e., how very, very deadly it can and does suddenly become, carries the remainder of the story.
I have come to believe, after talking to many, many other Vietnam vets over the past 50 years, that each of us have a rather unique picture and tale of our individual tour of duty in VN. Rick's story further convinces me of that fact. As a Marine who served in Vietnam just a couple of years before Rick, as a door-gunner in a CH46 helicopter squadron, I can certainly relate to many observations and situations he includes in his tale. Others? Not so much. That underscores the Promethean nature of the Vietnam War, as far as I'm concerned.
To be honest about it, I can't strongly recommend too many books written by Vietnam veterans, and I have read numerous ones over the years. I believe that's a genre that is still developing, even after all of these years. I can, however, strongly recommend at least TWO books written by Vietnam vets: Ghosts and Shadows by Phil Ball (Excellent!) and Silent Heroes by Rick Greenberg (Also Excellent!).
A GREAT tale told by a brave warrior!
Thanks Rick and Welcome Home!