The Rock Jaw Ladies Club: ( A Memoir Of The OTHER Vietnam. The sick, crazy one ! )
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In 1968, the author was part of a group of US Navy advisors billeted so deep in the Mekong Delta that they could only be reached by boat. The Navy forgot about them, the Army ignored them, and there was no “adult supervision” for long periods of time. The result was a madcap whirlwind of bizarre misadventures and risqué behavior from Saigon to Sydney and back, as they talked their way onto helicopters, boats, bush planes, (and even a Rickshaw at one point.) For the author and his colleagues, Vietnam could be described as “98% boredom and 2% wet underwear”. This book is about the 98%, and the insane things that happened when nobody knew – or cared – where they were!
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Sep 27, 2015I laughed, I cried, and I had a couple of nightmares.... but I should have realized this when I heard Tommy had finally penned his "memories" of VN. Full disclosure, Tommy and I worked together from 1999-2007 and I saw firsthand his unique,creative imagination and writing. When I picked up the book I knew i was in for a fun ride. With e tommy and I had been working together a few months when we discovered we were both Navy officers, served in VN..and were in the same village -3years apart!!!. I was a PBR officer with the VNs from '70-'71 in Rach Soi. Tommy and I shared stories and were always amazed how eerily similar our experiences and memories were of those days long ago.It was also a thrill to know the Ladies' club was still a thriving business in 1971. For those who never served in VN, these stories always seem unreal... however for us, it was just another day at the "office". All very real and quite memorable. I am so glad Tommy made this happen.I am reminded... More > how blessed we all are to have returned to the "Real World" and more importantly, still able to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly of our times in 'Nam. For anyone who reads this book, please do us a big favor...next time you see or meet a serviceman/woman, extend your hand...give them a big handshake and a bigger Thank You!!!< Less
Sep 15, 2015No doubt about it...This book is a well written, very readable part of the Vietnam story that is so real to any who lived young through the 60's. A humorous account of how a part of the most controversial war in US history was actually waged. Baysden and his compatriots were caught up in a whirlwind of ridiculous situations and maximized them all! This book made me laugh and really rethink the bizarre legacy of Vietnam. A good one.
Aug 30, 2015My rating would be 5 stars ! This is not just another Vietnam memoir. This non-fiction paints a portrait of war that is not about killing people or breaking things. Baysden takes us on his somewhat befuddled journey through war torn Southeast Asia as more of a spectator than gladiator. Who else would a report to his commanding officer with monkey poop decorating his dress white uniform ? The author brings us along on his comical meanderings in and out of military bureaucracy to escape the boredom of being stuck in the middle of an isolated part of the Mekong Delta. This is a fun read ! I highly recommend it !.
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- E.T. Baysden, Jr. (Standard Copyright License)
- August 4, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.58 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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