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  • By dixiedarlin7
    Mar 20, 2012
    This is a WONDERFUL book! Hard to put down because you just want to keep reading. It is a honest look inside the Vietnam war. For those of us that lost family there it is a chance to see inside what it was like there for our wonderful heroes both returning alive and them that lost their lives. God Bless Mikie who is such a beautiful person and for his courage to share his story, it is a honor to read this captivating true look into the life in Vietnam. ~Barbara Sue Price-Atkinson~
  • By cbgaynor2
    Jun 15, 2011
    I spent most of 1967 and part of 1968 living one arm's length from Sgt. Mike's story. He was one of my troops and stepped into my job when I rotated home at the end of my tour. He was my comrade and my buddy on many combat missions. In 'A Rifleman First' he has written about the real life of a combat artillery battalion in a guts out, fast moving narrative. This is what it feels like to be a combat soldier and a combat veteran. No BS, just the smells, sounds and terrors of war as soldiers experience them. I have been moved and inspired by this important story. 'A Rifleman First' is unique amongst books about the Vietnam War; a great story beautifully told. Fmr Sgt. Christopher Gaynor 2nd Bn, 77th Field Artillery Republic of Vietnam '67-'68
  • By Remy Benoit
    Jul 5, 2010
    It has been my privilege to serve as editor for Sgt. Michael Pectol's forthright account of the life of a soldier serving in the war in Viet Nam. He takes you there, day by day, through the boredom of war; through the nerve draining, body shattering heat of combat. He takes you there through the constant knowledge that the enemy is there, waiting, planning, to make this your last day, to make your dreams expire in torn flesh and bleeding out bodies. He brings tears to your eyes with the reality of war; he makes you laugh with the antics of an irascible monkey. He makes you know that war is insanity, cruelty, and horror. He opens your eyes to the realities of war. He opens your eyes to love, to those waiting at home, worried, caring, fearing. He opens your eyes to the joys of real hot showers, of food that does not come out of a can left over from a previous war; he opens your eyes to the joy of clean sheets and clean bodies; he opens your eyes to the things those at home take for... More > granted while those who serve do without. Sgt. Mikie's words are caught in the moment by the on site, real time, pictures of Sgt. Christopher Gaynor which he has so graciously shared for your enlightenment. Sgt. Chris is truly one of the bravest men I have the honor of knowing. Read with your eyes open; read with your heart knowing this is what we send ours to while we go to get that first cup of double mocha latte. It is my privilege to present to you from Front Porch History Press A Rifleman First. En Garde Remy Benoit A personal, close, and in depth look at Vietnam. Written in the first person. Good read with its soul touching accounts of the trials and tribulations of the Vietnam war and the hardships there after returning home. M.G. Kuehlewind, fellow 2/77FA veteran 1969 - 1970 I should have some time while on my vacation, to finish the book. Which I so far love---Melissa A., Married, Mother, and daughter of story teller. I spent most of 1967 and part of 1968 living one arm's length from Sgt. Mikie's story. He was one of my troops and stepped into my job when I rotated home at the end of my tour. He was my comrade and my buddy on many combat missions. In 'A Rifleman First' he has written about the real life of a combat artillery battalion in a guts out, fast moving narrative. This is what it feels like to be a combat soldier and a combat veteran. No BS, just the smells, sounds and terrors of war as soldiers experience them. I have been moved and inspired by this important story. 'A Rifleman First' is unique amongst books about the Vietnam War; a great story beautifully told. Fmr Sgt. Christopher Gaynor 2nd Bn, 77th Field Artillery< Less
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Product Details

Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Front Porch History
Published
January 15, 2010
Language
English
Pages
416
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.52 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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