By Doug Bradley

DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle provides a special, fictional montage of the conflict, and postwar, reviews of Vietnam help troops. Structurally in accordance with Ernest Hemingway�s In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for go back from Over Seas) is a riveting number of sixteen brief tales and sixteen interlinears concerning the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the army brass, medications, alcohol�and sometimes the enemy. From chefs and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of lifestyles for infantrymen within the rear throughout the battle and, later, again domestic in a divided the USA. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former military journalist who served within the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. military Headquarters close to Saigon in 1970-71, tells those compelling tales with wit, depth, and empathy. In doing so, he presents a gateway to a Vietnam event that has been mostly overlooked and whose reverberations nonetheless echo throughout America.

About the Author

Doug Bradley is a Madison, Wisconsin-based Vietnam veteran who has written broadly approximately his Vietnam and post-Vietnam reviews. He additionally has greater than 30 years of expertise as a communications expert in better schooling, mostly with the collage of Wisconsin. Doug used to be drafted into the U. S. military in March 1970 and served as a knowledge professional (journalist) on the military native land information heart in Kansas urban, Missouri, and U. S. military Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters close to Saigon. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate institution, Doug relocated to Madison the place he helped determine Vets condo, a storefront, community-based carrier heart for Vietnam period veterans.A local of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany university. He additionally holds a Masters in English from Washington country college. as well as writing a weblog for the Huffington submit, Doug is the co-author of We Gotta Get Out of This position: track and the Vietnam event with Dr. Craig Werner, UW-Madison Professor of Afro-American experiences, with an expected booklet in 2013. the 2 additionally co-teach a well-liked path at UW-Madison entitled The Vietnam period: tune, Media, and Mayhem. Doug and his spouse, Pam Shannon, are the oldsters of 2 grownup young ones. DEROS Vietnam is his first e-book.

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He was fucking crazy,” he explained to me and the darkness. ” The two of us sat with a large black MP between us in the bowels of LBJ, Long Binh Jail, thousands of miles from our former lives back home. “Every fucking thing he did was part of some weird master plan, just like this goddamn war. All Fraser and the rest of the brass understand is winning, getting ahead. They don’t know a goddamn thing about life. ” He paused. “When he told us to kill the goddamn dogs, I knew that was it. ” Things had been strange around our office ever since Colonel Brock left a few months before the shit went down.

George and I got split up early on. He was up, up and away to Vietnam while I had to wait several more days for my death warrant. I spent those days donating blood so I’d be relieved of extra duties and reading James Joyce’s Ulysses in the base library. I nearly became invisible. The orders came. They always do. I boarded a plane late on November 10, stopped in Alaska and Japan, crossed the International Date Line, and arrived at the 90th Replacement Battalion in Long Binh on November 12. Then another of those fate-timing-luck moments occurred as I ended up being sent just a few clicks from where I was standing, to the Information Office at USARV Headquarters in the same exact office where George was working.

He made us feel good about the jobs we were doing, even if we were in the Army. Then Brock’s tour was up and he headed back to the world. And Lt. Col. Walter Fraser arrived. It was like the air had gone out of our balloon and we’d landed smack dab in Vietnam. Things changed for all of us, but especially Murphy. He and Col. Brock were tight. They’d spent some time together stateside—attended the same university before ‘Nam. Everyone had their own version of the story about the savvy, fatherly colonel and the eccentric freshman from Minneapolis together at the radical hotbed University of Wisconsin.

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