Item description for What Are They Going To Do, Send Me To Vietnam? by Jack Stoddard...
Unlike any other story written about the Vietnam War, this book is written primarily for the parents, children and friends of the Vietnam veteran. Being a collection of 31 true stories, it details the adventures of my almost three years of combat as I mature from a green rookie into a hardened veteran. You'll laugh and you'll cry as you travel along with me and my buddies through the daily task of becoming men while most of our peers remain carefree back home in that distant land known to the sweat covered jungle fighters only as "The World". Learn how we sleep, what we wore and even what good old Army chow is like. Feel what it's like to read a letter from home, to walk down a jungle trail or ride on a 50-ton M48 tank as it slowly smashes its way through triple canopy jungle. More than anything else, this book tells it like it really was! Not like Hollywood wants to make it. Read about the good days and the bad, the happy and the sad, and of the days that will stay forever in your mind. Learn the meaning of the words pride, dignity and honor. What Are They Going To Do, Send Me To Vietnam? speaks for the men who even today can't find the words to tell it themselves. This is their story too.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 5.83" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Dec 12, 2005
Publisher Wasteland Press
ISBN 1933265949 ISBN13 9781933265940
Reviews - What do customers think about What Are They Going To Do, Send Me To Vietnam??
The Real Story Nov 8, 2000
Finally a book that tells about the war without some overblown heroics. The story of one man and the close bonds that form with the people you relie on to survive. The days of boredom interrupted by moments of hell.
Newswatch UK review Jul 12, 2000
Forget the high-budget, action-packed, grenade-fuelled war movies.
If you want to really know what the Vietnam War was like, you need to get hold of a copy of Jack Stoddard's 'What are they going to do? Send me to Vietnam?'
Stoddard arrived in 'the 'Nam' in 1968, a 22-year-old career soldier in his first war role.
Thirty years later he was impelled to write this book after his young son asked him what the war was really like.
Stoddard took on a difficult task - how can you relate the fear, the courage, the comradeship, the desperate times, the deaths in mere words?
But Stoddard completes his task admirably.
What's so refreshing about 'What are they going to do? Send me to Vietnam?' is the fact it makes no judgements. There's no political wrangling, no debate over the rights and wrongs of the war.
This is a soldier's tale - straight from the horse's mouth.
Written in a pleasant and easy style, this book takes us through Stoddard's life in the 'Nam.
From his first day as a tanker when he was attacked by vicious jungle vines, to his life as a special combat soldier - entering dangerous areas to 'sniff out' the enemy.
He talks about his own personal battles - from the humorous incident when he suffers from haemorrhoids to the heart-wrenching descriptions of the death of close friends.
He chats about his fellow soldiers - and the camaraderie and genuine love that built up around them in the most inhospitable of conditions.
And he talks of the effect the war had on his life. How thirty years later he was drawn to the grave of dead friend, how he talked to the families of soldiers who were killed in combat, and how he misses the friendships and purpose a war situation brings.
It seems wrong to call this an entertaining book - but it is.
At times it's hard to believe what you are reading is fact, not fiction.
I also found it a hard book to put down. It's more a collection of stories than a formulated record but even so, Stoddard possesses a rare gift, in that he draws the reader in and won't let them go.
It's obvious he wrote this book as a kind of 'letting go' of his own memories - a burial of the past - but this is not a criticism, it merely makes the book even more readable.
No whining, no anti-war BS, no blame...just life as it was! May 29, 2000
All Vietnam Veterans experienced the same war, but from a different perspective. Here is what I am talking about. As a helicopter pilot, I remember watching the Grunts and Tankers on the ground sitting on their tracks and thinking, "God!, am I glad I don't have to live like those poor bastards with all the dust, mud, bugs, heat and mines on the ground looking for the VC and Charlie." Little did I suspect that the Grunts and Tankers on the ground were saying, "God, I'm glad I am not one of those poor bastards who flys one of those frail little choppers, and have my as shot off by the VC as I fly around exposed in the sky!" You see what I mean? Perspective is very important.
So, do yourself a favor, whether you are a veteran or not. Pick up Jack Stoddard's book and read it. You will find easy reading with compact and colorfully graphic short stories which will amaze you. And, the stories will remind you that war, especially the unpopular Vietnam War, was fought by real men, just like you.
I wasn't there . . . but I loved someone who was. May 3, 2000
This book is a must read for anyone who loved someone who served in Vietnam. As a young bride my husband, an Army NCO, was sent to a mortars unit in the Northern Highlands soon after our marriage. For me the war meant sending tins of cookies homemade filled with love and plastic baggies filled with baby pictures of our daughter as she grew up without her daddy. Thank goodness she was too young to remember watching the 6 o'clock news each night anxiously waiting for the map of Vietnam with the little explosion decals and hoping the bombing was not near the area of his latest letter. I knew my husband returned from this war a different man, but I never truly understood what it was like for him until I read this book. Jack tells his story so vividly I could actually picture my husband there in each chapter. Reading along, I was suprised at how powerful and moving an experience this was for me. This is NOT a depressing book, but if you loved someone who was there, I definitely recommend you keep some tissues handy.
reaction to war Apr 30, 2000
This book accounts for the hard times that the people had to go through that were over there. It is told by a man who even wanted to go back after his tour was up. It tells you how the people lived and how they survived throughout the war.