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by Frank L Grzyb

Touched by the Dragon details wartime accounts of average servicemen and women-some heroic, some frightening, some amusing, some nearly unbelievable-extracted from interviews with Vietnam War veterans residing in Newport County, Rhode Island. The work is a historical compendium of fascinating and compelling stories woven together in a theme format. What makes this book truly unique, however, is its absence of literary pretentiousness. Relating oral accounts, the veterans speak in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact way. As seen through the eyes of the veterans, the stories include first-person experiences of infantry soldiers, a flight officer, a medic, a nurse, a combat engineer, an intelligence soldier, and various support personnel. Personalities emerge gradually as the veterans discuss their pre war days, their training and preparation for Vietnam, and their actual in-country experiences. The stories speak of fear and survival: the paranoia of not knowing who or where the enemy was; the bullets, rockets, and mortars that could mangle a body or snuff out a life in a instant; and going home with a CMH--not the Congressional Medal of Honor, but a Casket with Metal Handles. The veterans also speak friendships and simple acts of kindness. But more importantly, they speak of healing-both physical and mental.
Download Touched by the Dragon: Experiences of Vietnam Veterans from Newport County, Rhode Island epub
ISBN: 1557531331
ISBN13: 978-1557531339
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Frank L Grzyb
Language: English
Publisher: Purdue University Press (November 11, 1998)
Pages: 305 pages
ePUB size: 1652 kb
FB2 size: 1309 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 216
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I found this book of experiences so very interesting. So many of the story lines were a parallel to mine
and so many contrastingly different. I could relate to the topics as I wrote in my memoir, Duster Duty 1967.
Fortunately I was among the early troops and home before Tet.
lucky kitten
This book is structured like a documentary. I can actually imagine this on TV just as it's presented here in print. The perspectives on various topics of one's military experiences are interesting and poignant. The veterans that are the subject of this book are wide-ranging; Army and Marine infantry, Navy and Coast Guard sailors, Navy pilot, Navy nurse, Air Force MP, and intelligence and support personnel. For other reading, check out "Duster Duty, 1967."
Throw her heart
For Christmas, I sent a copy to my old First Sergeant in Alabama. His wife couldn't believe that he hardly put the book down until he had finished reading it. He wants another copy so he can donate it to the local library. I also sent a copy to a cousin of mine in Illinois, who is a Nam Vet. His e-mail comment was, "MANY THANKS FOR THE BOOK!!!! SUPERB !!!!"
I am not usually a "military book reader", however I am very glad I had the opportunity to read Touched as it is so well compiled. I felt like I finally understood, in part, some of what our Vietnam Vets experienced. I have shared this book with other Marine friends of mine, and the feelings are mutual. Well done!!!
Fantastic account of local Rhode Islanders who risked their lives in the Vietnam War. It is a great collaboration of stories from men on the front line of battle.
I was one of the men mentioned in the book, I thought it was an excellent book and very really did bring me back to a time so long ago. The best part was that Frank Grzyb wrote about everyone...if you were there it will bring you back. If you were not there it will give you a true insight into how it really was there at that time. Thank you Frank!
In reading these stories, you can feel what these young men and woman felt,how scared they must have felt yet their friends and loved ones didn't know. I felt like I was there with them, they will never forget what they went thru nor should we !