February 11, 2019
…I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I find it just as interesting and fast-paced a the first two. You deserve a lot of credit for putting in all the time and effort into locating your fellow soldiers and arranging the reunion!
I have a strong military history in my family. My then husband served 2 tours in Vietnam and retired from the Army after 30 years in service. Unfortunately, he succumbed from complications of exposure to Agent Orange. My daughter was in the National Guard and served in Desert Storm. My son was in the Reserves and served in Iraq…
Finally – thank you for your service to our country!
February 11, 2019
…Excellent! Glyn, you have a way of capturing moments and details that also captures the reader, holding the reader in awe and sometimes in tears. You took me to Vietnam on a plane, and I rode around with you three from hotel to hill and all the other stops along the way. I watched Binh drive and was sorry to leave him there. My eyes grew puffy as you said goodbye to brothers.
Well done my friend! Well done…
February 5, 2019
Great stuff Glyn - I missed that war ever so slightly but found many more over my 40 year career.
Thanks for sharing and keep writing; your darn good at it and EVERYONE needs to learn about this war.
US Army retired
February 2, 2019
Glyn, I really enjoyed the book. I was just talking about it last night with my wife. This is obviously still all very fresh for you, since your trip to Vietnam was only last year. I can only imagine how I would have felt in a similar situation. I'm glad your son was able to go with you. That's something the two of you will always share. In a way, your book has now made me want to visit Vietnam. It sounds like a nice place to visit these days.
Even though I was not in Vietnam, many parts of your book resonated with my own experiences. I didn't lose as many close brothers as you, but I did lose some while deployed and others as they deployed again over the years. As I was reading about your platoon reunion in Texas, it seemed very similar to the reunion I just went to in Gatlinburg, TN last year. It had been 15 years since our unit flew into Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was great to see so many folks I served with at the time. We had about 30 unit and family members in attendance. It was a blast!
You also mentioned your more recent experiences with the VA. I also had been putting off filing a claim with the VA for various ailments associated with my time in the service. My wife had been bugging me to do this for the past 6 years. I finally went about 3 months ago and have gotten the ball rolling on my claim.
What you've done to keep your brothers-in-arms connected is invaluable to everyone involved. It takes a special person to do all the research and planning and to reach out to everyone. I have a good friend who has assumed that role over the years. Truthfully, he's probably the only reason we have all stayed so connected. It just takes one, and you're that person for your brothers. I'm sure they thank you for it.
Your book has been my pleasure to read and be a part of. Thanks!
January 17, 2019
As I picked up your book to read, I felt an instant connection for I knew this book was one that took a lot of thought and preparation to bring together. … I knew I couldn’t put it down. … I felt a sense that the words were writing themselves. … I feel your work is one that will be able to restore faith and dedication to humanity. ... How you were able to reunite your Platoons is a remarkable story.
January 15, 2019
I wanted to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed your 3rd book. It only took me a day to read it. So that shows you it caught my interest. I hope that the messages you provided to your brothers help in the healing process.
Hi Glyn, I found your book very interesting and moving, especially the chapters detailing the trip back to Vietnam. I could almost feel how that must have felt. I couldn't help but think about how these books of yours also tell the tales of so many Vietnam veterans. I also found it to be very well-written.
This is the third book in Glyn's trilogy on his experiences in and out of the military surrounding Vietnam. While the first book provides the reader with a contemporary narrative on war in Vietnam at the lowest levels in the combat zone, the second takes the reader back to the States for the story of a lifetime of career service in the transforming US Army of the 70s and 80s.
This third volume though takes the reader, along with retired veterans, back to Vietnam in the summer of 2018 to reflect on this soldier's past 'In Country' with the places and people of Vietnam today. It makes the perfect bookend for a fascinating trilogy of books on a soldier's military career during some of the most turbulent times to serve in the US Army in the latter half of the 20th century.
I've spent many hours talking to Glyn over the years, as neighbor and friend, and have always found our conversations illuminating. I highly respect and recommend this as well as the other books in this trilogy. They are easy to read and honest accounts that are well illustrated with photos from the times and with maps where needed.
Richard (Beta Reader)