January, 13, 2019
I know Glyn and have spent many hours talking with him about his experiences in Vietnam and after. Glyn is forthright and the integrity and humility that he offers imbues in the telling of his experiences, in person or in writing, is very thought provoking for me. This book, the second in a trilogy, puts you in the middle of a young man's mind in the post Vietnam Cold War US Army experiences he had while serving this country. It provides great insight in to the honorable service a battle tested Vietnam veteran provided to his country to keep it safe from far larger threats than Vietnam. Having been reading military history for 40 years of my life, I strongly encourage you to consider reading this volume if you want to know what it took for someone to continue to serve in the military through the 70's and 80's, as well as the hardships it could bring. The US military underwent a lot of change between Vietnam and the first Gulf War. This book gives you a peek into one soldiers perspective of that 'peace time' service experience, all the while having to deal with the repercussions of his Vietnam tour experience. Give it read, be you a military enthusiast or professional service member.
May 19, 2018
I finished reading “Soldering After The Vietnam War” this week and found it refreshing and easy to read. You have a smooth easy way of leading the reader from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, from beginning to end. I felt horror and compassion when the car was bumped off the road carrying the little boy to a possible tragic ending. I laughed when you put Wayne up to fighting the French pugilist and cheered when Wayne whipped his butt. My muscles ached when you climbed the Zugspitze, I winced when you jumped out of the helicopter into the Rhine River, and laughed when you talked about driving across Texas. “The sun has riz and the sun has set, and we is in Texas yet.”
“….I thought of the fallen: ’Tufts, Ramos, Reynolds, Ofstedahl, Swindle, Wellman, Ponce, Mitchell, Anderson, Carey, Morris, Kidwell, Matson.” Remembered not forgotten. They come to life every time this book is read.
The deserters and the cowards who raced off to Canada should never have been pardoned until the dead heroes could also be pardoned and brought back to life. Shame on Ford and shame on Carter.
And there seemed to be fewer “typical Army Slang Words” which made the reading more enjoyable, quotable, and shareable.
Well done Soldier, Well done.
May 1, 2018
Glyn, Finished your 2d book last week and it was a good quick read. When you were teaching marksmanship at Benning in the summer of 71, I was in IOBC and probably was in one of the groups you trained. After graduating Ranger school (went to airborne while still in school) in November of 71, went to my first Infantry battalion in Germany for 3 years. So we were there the same time as well tho' my batt didn't have anywhere near the problems that you faced. I was the 3d youngest in my first platoon and 1 of only 5 that didn't have a CIB from Nam. My platoon Sgt. was top of the line and trained me well. Your book did cause me to bring back memories of that time. One small fault in the book. While talking of Chiemsee, you mentioned that it was a 64-acre lake. In actuality, it's over 75 square km. I took scout swimmer course there given by Special Forces in the winter of 72. Yes, it was cold, but we were wearing dry suits during the night swim recon exercises. Anyway, enjoyed the book.
April 28, 2018
I just finished your second book Mr. Haynie I gave it five stars and I really love the way you gave all the Vietnam vets that didn’t make it back such an honor in your book. And the ones that did come back -what grief they had to deal with for a war that this country sent them to and they just did their obligation to our country. Great honor to you and all the other vets that have served this country out of duty and respect for our flag and what it stands for.
April 17, 2018
Glyn, I really enjoyed your new book. I could relate to how hard it is for military families. You were outstanding military personnel, and you are an outstanding civilian. Both of your books made me feel as if I were right there with you. Keep writing Glyn, you have a real honest talent.
April 5, 2018
Glyn, I'm about 1/2 through your book, you have a hell of a memory. I'm enjoying your story, and really appreciating what you went through in the Army, I had no idea what you gave to serve our country, I'm really glad you wrote your story. I still have a ways to go, I'm taking my time trying to absorb all the things you did/accomplished.
March 27, 2018
Just a short note to tell you I have finished your new book and completed the review. Very good read, you must be proud of your family's Army Service. …
March 25, 2018
Glyn, ... I would love for more people to read books like yours. They entertain as well as educate. Best of luck.
March 23, 2018
I really enjoyed your second book as well.
When I was based at Moody Air Force Base Valdosta, GA my last assignment before I retired, we use to go TDY (temporary duty) quite often. One of the deployment I recall was going to Fort Bliss El Paso, TX with our F4 Phantoms. Actually we went in the summer of 1983 and again in the summer of 1984 where we were flying against the Patriot Missile system. The Patriot system was new at that time and they need some aircraft to fly against the Patriot system to see how it would work out.
Like you, I had a lot of different assignments and a lot of deployments from the bases I was PCS at. I know when I was based at Torrejon AB, Spain it was a 36 month (3 year assignment) and I was TDY for 18 of those 36 months. We use to go to Greece, Italy and Turkey. It was hard on the families, actually Torrejon AB had the most divorces of any base I was ever stationed. We were always on the road. I think it's worse now on the troops being deployed constantly to Afghanistan with a lot fewer troops to relieve them.
Personally I feel that if a person is going to make a career out of the military they should remain single. My wife and I got lucky with us still being together after all of those deployments and short tours. Our son was born the second time I was in Thailand. I didn't see him until he was 8 months old. ...
You did a fabulous job with your book Glyn. You had a great career Glyn.
March 22, 2018
I completed up to and including chapter five and enjoyed every bit of it. Excellent writing style, it kept triggering my memories of the same period. You capture the reality just as it was. I am hooked, looking forward to filling my downtime following your journey.