You sir are an excellent writer. Have you given any thought to publishing your story? I know from experience that talking, and writing about traumatic events can be cathartic. However, with what little I know about Vietnam, it can be hard to get the story across without pissing someone off. Either the people who were there and think the story, and the Irish by blood Patriot by choice American by birth shirt memories that go with it, need to be forgotten, or the people who weren’t there who think the story needs to be remembered. I am not smart enough, nor old enough, to know which side is correct.
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If your stories were to be collected and somehow turned into a hardback on the shelf of the last remaining brick and mortar bookstore, I would certainly be in line to purchase a copy for myself and a copy for my father. I don’t know if my intended sentiment is coming through as I envisioned it in my head, but hopefully it’s clearer than a communication on a ruck mounted radio. I remember my short stint on the tanks when I was in the Army.Irish by blood Patriot by choice American by birth shirt Catching what someone said over one of those radios on the first transmission was akin top catching a Cyclops riding a unicorn (not named Charlie).
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*something just occured to me. How did you differentiate the water buffalo and the NVA in conversation if you called both Charlie? But I like it, and I feel better. Which was the idea. I off-loaded these stories onto reddit – it wasn’t like I was writing them so much as I was carrying them around. In gruntland that was called “dropping heavies,” unloading your ruck and walking around light with just ammo, water and weapons. Was exhilarating. Still is.Irish by blood Patriot by choice American by birth shirt That’s all I got. I like the idea that they’re free. The stories may not be written by me alone (who knows?), and they belong to to the people in them and not to me. Would be weird to make money off that.