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Welcoming his sons back from serving in Iraq one day in 2005, a father recounts his own war experiences in Vietnam some thirty-five years earlier. His emotional tale tells of the battles he fought, the brothers he lost, the person he became, and the promises he made to the fallen—promises he vowed to keep, whatever the cost.
Amid the celebrations, sadly noting subtle indicators of the trauma of war in his boys, Eddie reflects on his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. Now suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and prostate cancer caused by the effects of the use of Agent Orange in the war, Eddie gathers with his family to read the memoir he has written of his time over there.
Nineteen-year-old Private Eddie Henderson is with Alpha Company, serving in the Quang Ngai Province. His parents died in a car accident, and he has no one, except his platoon brothers: Porter, Rocky, and Professor. None are closer than he and his best friend, team leader Mitch Drexler.
In the heat and jungles of Vietnam, as each man does the best he can to survive, he will learn that his only real purpose in this war is to protect the life of the soldier beside him. As “grunts,” they know only too well that their role here is little more than bait—to flush out NVA troops and the ruthless Viet Cong from the dangerous terrain, where disease and the elements can be as lethal as the enemy.
Between being sent from one deadly futile search-and-destroy mission to the next, and watching their beloved brothers fall beside them in firefights—the men reflect on their lives and views of the war; each carries his burden.
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Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9982095-7-9
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9982095-8-6
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9982095-6-2
Pub Date: February 2019
Paperback Price: $16.99
eBook Price: $6.99
Hardcover Price: $28.99
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches
Page Count: 304
Format: Trade Paperback; ebook;
Publisher: Glyn Haynie
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The excerpts Glyn selected to close the book are like a trip back in time, and really put you there with these young men; the tributes and obituaries which make up its final quarter are a beautiful touch, and, unsurprisingly, its saddest part. I love books, but rarely have I paid one such respect - I simply could not put it down, telling myself "just one more chapter", and there was no way I was going to consider it finished until I had certainly read every obituary; every post-script; every appendix, excerpt and caption. For the work Glyn has put into it, and the sacrifices which begot it, it deserves no less.
Glyn is an excellent writer and an indisputably genuine top-quality author. Clearly a project of passion and obsession, he has done his research about his platoon brothers - alive and fallen - in intensive detail. Needless to say, "Finding my Platoon Brothers" is professionally written and flawlessly proofed.
This is a book rich in tribute, yet even richer in inspiration, and while veterans may relate to it, non-veterans can learn a lot from it - no less than the real meaning of trust, and the importance of people, to each other.
Matt McAvoy, Author