Then a Soldier

Then a Soldier

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"A fine, honest account of close combat in Vietnam. This is a clearly-written, tough-minded memoir of the grunt's war, the brutal, exhausting and morally challenging long patrols and lightning-quick collisions with death at the muddy, bloody bottom of the chain of command, strategy and politics. Every veteran of the era, as well as today's soldiers and civilian readers, will find each moment spent with this book worthwhile."
- Ralph Peters, Retired U.S. Army officer, Fox News strategic analyst, Author of Endless War

Then A Soldier portrays the social and cultural pressures that led a Jewish boy from the Bronx of the early 1960s to become a career Army officer, and, when his country was at war, to seek out a combat assignment. It is the story of a young man setting out to prove that Jews could be good soldiers as he simultaneously embarks on an uncommon assimilation strategy to enter the WASP establishment.

The book describes a time and place in American society that no longer exist— when ancestry and religion could determine what school you attended, the zip codes in which you could live, and to an extent, the professions you could enter. The book explains how these influences and a growing awareness of the history of the Holocaust combined to encourage the author’s entry to ROTC in college, and from there, the decision to make the Army a career.

Then A Soldier is the story of the most important year of the author’s life— a year in combat in which he discovers that he is an Everyman-soldier, no more afraid and no less effective in combat than other soldiers. It is the story of a young man testing himself and finding a new dimension of his makeup.


About the Author

Richard Gary Kurtz served thirty years in the US Army, retiring as a Colonel. Almost ten of those years were spent overseas, including two years in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry and 101st Airborne Divisions. He was later a battalion and brigade commander, and served two tours as a Pentagon staff officer. He is currently a consultant to the Department of Defense on missile defense issues. Mr. Kurtz has a BS from the City College of New York (CCNY) and a MS from the University of Texas at El Paso. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Product Details

  • Author: Richard G. Kurtz
  • Publication Date: 2013-12-11
  • Product Group: eBooks
  • Binding: Kindle Edition, 254 pages
  • ASIN: B008PDTY5Q

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