Book Description at Amazon.com: A powerful true story of Vietnam combat. These men battle a ferocious enemy in terrible heated weather conditions. Their dedication to each other help save lives and rescue others. A true story of heroes and courage.
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From the mouth of Mikie: Brothers in Arms, Family, and other loved ones---For those who like to read once in a while, I would like to recommend a Good Book. Or at least that is what my "Test case" readers thunk about it. So, in case ya might want to read or a book might be appropriate as a gift for someone you know, or refer it to your friends and family, Here is the information. It is available for downloading, or paperback versions. Have a Great Day, all and Hopefully - Enjoy a pretty decent story!
Sgt.Mikie, HHB,2/77FA, 4th & 25th I.D. Vietnam
A year in the Vietnam War for some Troopers Thrust into "Army Job 1" by the so-called fortunes of war. They became exactly what they were trained to be in 'basic' as the D.I's said. A rifleman First when the chips were down, they shared the perimeter bunkers at base camps, and FSB's against the attempts of the enemy to 'over-run' and wipe out American Troops.
James (Jim) Davis Nelson served in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a rifleman and machine gunner with the 2/22. He drew maps of enemy base camps and trench lines which the platoon Sergeant sent to headquarters. This led to an assignment as Brigade Draftsman and Brigade command track driver at headquarters. Later General Gleason saw one of his paintings and recommended to Division Headquarters that he become a combat artist with the 18th Military Historical Detachment at Cu Chi.
Vietnam War Paintings—Art by James Davis Nelson
To purchase: “Vietnam War Paintings — Narratives by Participants”. Call 785-658-7430 or 785-428-3390. Price: $20.00 Trade Paperback, $30.00 Hardcover. Add $5.00 S&H for each book.
When asked why I am interested in painting the Vietnam War, I have three answers: First, because I was there. I witnessed scenes that are unique in the American experience and historically significant, thus deserving representation. Second, because within those American troops I had many good friends some of whom did not survive. Their bravery and sacrifice deserve representation in art and other medium for commemoration sake and for posterity. My third reason is to help repair the distorted image of that war and the American troops. I have consequently been concerned that my paintings be objective, depicting persons and events just as they actually were; neither glamorizing, nor —as television and the movies tend to do —demonizing them. I wanted it to be fairly said: “Yes, that’s the way it really was.”
John Erby's wife, Delores Erby, has written a memoir about John. It's called "Caught Off Guard." It is an excellent read about his life and his dedication to helping veterans. John was in A Company and lost his leg at FSB Burt. He attended several C/3/22 reunions. He was well known among our group. Chuck Boyle
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