Entering the Army in June of 1969 and In Country by November, there began the journey Vietnam was than just a war Vietnam was also the oppressive heat of the jungle, the bugs and mosquitoes, the snakes, the swamps and rice paddies, the monsoon rains and the constant grind of Humping the Boonies But surviving Vietnam was than dodging a bullet, it was about surviving your Tour of Duty with your mind and body still intact....
|Title||:||The Protected Will Never Know|
|Publisher||:||Two Peas Publishing 10th Anniv Ed edition October 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||262 pages|
|File Size||:||684 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Protected Will Never Know Reviews
The facts are true. I served in 2nd platoon delta .I came in country Sith don and. Smittyn I was also a radio operator . Hill 474 was a long tough fight in which don described well. Cambodia could have been a book in it self.The average grunt in the field is pretty clueless as to what is going on around. OperatedHim.The guy with the radio was often there only person who could make sense of there senseless. I don't remember pot being smoked in the boonies as described.Every unit http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_ex_n_1/190-8701339-8510546?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A618073011&bbn=283155&ie=UTF8&qid=1386537303
If you were in the infantry in Vietnam, it will take you back. The book inspired me to write my own story, not for publishing but for my family and friends who over the years wanted to know. I was a 22 year old college graduate that was drafted with a lottery number of 15 and consequently was much more mature than the 18-19 year olds with which I served. I believe because of the maturity that a few more years provides at this age, I was better equipped to deal with the infantry experience than most. I'm glad I served, I believe I appreciate life more because of the combat experience. Meyer's book is told from the thoughts and context of an 18-19 year old infantryman. It won't win a Pulitzer, it is not a great book, but it is a good book to read, especially if you were there.
I really enjoyed the content of this book compared to other books I have read on the Vietnam War. I recently seperated from the military myself and was really interested in the aspect that the author took in telling of the everyday life of a military member in a combat zone. I could relate with the details of how things are different as far as protocal of the military lifestyle when you are in a combat zone and then returned back to the "real world." I am used to the telling of the Vietnam War in a broad commercial way but this author really put a reality to the telling of his story as far as specific details of the feelings that I'm sure most people were feeling but were too proud or scared to let their true colors show. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been there or has served in the military.
Do not be puzzled by the title of this memoir: it is perfect. The author was a "grunt" during the late unpleasantness in Vietnam, one of the kids who actually did the fighting (and they were kids). They had few illusions about what they were doing and precious little knowledge of why. Yet they did what they were told to do for the most part, risked their lives, all too often lost their lives or were wounded, and received little or no thanks for it from a "grateful" nation, irony intended, to this day. The protected indeed did not know much about their valor, still do not know, and, we now know, were probably not even protected, nor needed protecting. It's an excellent time for that nation to look back on the event and ponder it.
I read with great interest "The Protected Will Never Know". I too was in Vietnam around the same time and was awed at the realistic portrayal given by Mr. Meyer as to the conditions of war. Hollywood glamorizes the entire event, but Mr. Meyer puts it into its true perspective.