Deros Vietnam by Doug Bradley

By Doug Bradley

DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle offers a distinct, fictional montage of the warfare, and postwar, stories of Vietnam help troops. Structurally according to Ernest Hemingway�s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for go back from Over Seas) is a riveting choice of sixteen brief tales and sixteen interlinears in regards to the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the army brass, medications, alcohol�and sometimes the enemy. From chefs and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of existence for infantrymen within the rear through the struggle and, later, again domestic in a divided the US. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former military journalist who served within the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. military Headquarters close to Saigon in 1970-71, tells those compelling tales with wit, depth, and empathy. In doing so, he offers a gateway to a Vietnam adventure that has been principally overlooked and whose reverberations nonetheless echo throughout America.

About the Author

Doug Bradley is a Madison, Wisconsin-based Vietnam veteran who has written widely approximately his Vietnam and post-Vietnam reports. He additionally has greater than 30 years of expertise as a communications specialist in greater schooling, mostly with the collage of Wisconsin. Doug used to be drafted into the U. S. military in March 1970 and served as a data expert (journalist) on the military place of origin information middle in Kansas urban, Missouri, and U. S. military Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters close to Saigon. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate institution, Doug relocated to Madison the place he helped identify Vets condominium, a storefront, community-based carrier heart for Vietnam period veterans.A local of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany collage. He additionally holds a Masters in English from Washington kingdom collage. as well as writing a weblog for the Huffington put up, Doug is the co-author of We Gotta Get Out of This position: track and the Vietnam event with Dr. Craig Werner, UW-Madison Professor of Afro-American reports, with an expected ebook in 2013. the 2 additionally co-teach a favored direction at UW-Madison entitled The Vietnam period: track, Media, and Mayhem. Doug and his spouse, Pam Shannon, are the fogeys of 2 grownup youngsters. DEROS Vietnam is his first e-book.

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Like many baby boomers, I’d figured that what separated us as soldiers—later veterans—from reservists and protestors and MIAs and deserters and POWs and draft avoiders came down to luck, fate and timing—who you knew, where you lived, when you graduated from high school, how you were raised, how many WWII movies you saw, when you turned 18, whether or not you committed a crime, big or small, at 17 or 18, when your number came up, etc. etc. Hell, for me, even the fact that I turned 18 in Pittsburgh, thereby registering for selective service in that blue collar city, but was back living in Philadelphia at age 22 when I got drafted—meaning I boarded a bus in Philly in the wee hours of March 2 and headed west to the Steel City to take my vows with Uncle Sam—had everything to do with my eventually being assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey and not Fort Bragg, North Carolina for basic training.

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