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  • By Jamie Nouri
    Jul 6, 2018
    Review of Tour of Duty by Cappy Jack 7/5/2018 Full disclosure: Cappy Jack is my younger brother. I remember when he left for Vietnam and I remember when he returned. Of what happened to him between those 2 dates he speaks very little if at all, even now. But within the out of focus pages of his book “Tour of Duty” there is a story. I believe it to be a common story of the American citizen-soldier, some drafted, some signed with pride or with defiance, all young and inexperienced. When I first opened the book I leafed through looking for great pictures. There aren’t any. So I started at the beginning and looked carefully, page by page, reading the scant commentaries, some from the back of the photos, some newly expressed and remembered. My breath caught at his “Obit Photo” taken when he graduated from Parris Island. He looks so very young -younger than his 19 years. My 14 year old grandson resembles him a bit – young, untried, fodder. I began to see the desperate courage in their... More > postures, their (mostly) smiling faces – all those big white American teeth – even now they identify us. I saw the dirt, the dust, the sand, always the sand, the thin, sweaty young men posing for the camera with their weapons and their beer cans, “see Mom – I’m OK”. These photos are not pretty or newsworthy, but so very real in the moment of their revealing. And yet as I looked at page after page of boring sepia shots of Vietnam’s battle front in 1968-69 I began to feel the heat, the grit underfoot, the tension, the desperate courage of these young men and the bond between them. “I’ve got your back, man.” Whispered in the hot air. And when a man went down it was always ‘a marine’ who was rescued or recovered – not a soldier or a man but ‘a marine’ – part of a distinctive culture still vibrant today – ask anyone who has served in the Corps. Even now Cappy Jack still echoes that brotherhood. Read “Tour of Duty” slowly. It is a learning experience for all of us even now; especially now. J. Nouri< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Cappy Jack
July 2, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.42 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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