West of Hue

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"West of Hue - Down the Yellow Brick Road" by James P. Brinker, 2009.   The autobiographical story of a infantryman of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in 1969-1970.

This book is the recollections of a guy whose infantry training eventually leads him to the elite Recon platoon in the 101st Airborne Division's 2/502 Infantry Regiment "Strike Force" Battalion. Soon he is involved in brutal combat that leaves many of his comrades dead or wounded. He faces bunkers and machine guns and ends up within touching distance of North Vietnamese soldiers. All eyes were on the Cambodian invasion and Kent State. The big battles were going on west of Hue in the area of operations of the Screaming Eagles. Thirty infantry grunts died taking hills 714 and 882 on the road to the A Shau valley. Nobody knew, and nobody cared about their heroism. They fought only for each other. He then finds out that going home was harder than going to Nam. Years later he finally had to confront the past. This is a story of a military veteran's reconciliation with life, and triumph over the painful memories from the hills west of Hue.

If you are interested in the study of the Vietnam War then this Son of Liberty's very personal, unvarnished story needs to be on your shelf.

335 Pages, Softcover.