A Rifleman FIrst
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This, is a “Glimpse Between the Ears” of some of the Troopers who fought the Vietnam War. It is Raw, and unvarnished without any Political Correctness. All the worries, climate, and other difficulties, mental conflicts are there, and the way they affected us, is there, too. But that is for ALL of us, Infantry, Artillery, Armor, who-ever. No sugar coating, because in respect to Us, the “Vietnam War” Generation, many of who’s SONS/DAUGHTERS are fighting the CURRENT WARS, FOR OUR CURRENT crop of combat veterans at least SOME of them are the same concerns, problems, etcetera. My prayer is that it not only informs THIS generation about a small portion of THE HISTORY OF WAR, and helps all realize that in the minds of the people who fight it they are ALL the same, no matter what ERA, country, or time frame they are fought in, but provides insight into the inner-workings of the minds of “The war fighters” and those of us who when the “Chips... More > were down” performed as Riflemen First.< Less
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Mar 20, 2012This 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~
Jun 15, 2011I 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
Jul 5, 2010It 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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- Michael Pectol (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Front Porch History
- January 15, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.52 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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