West of Hue: Down the Yellow Brick Road
This book is the recollections of a guy that had very little interest in the military. His 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.
- Author: James Brinker
- Publication Date: 2013-08-21
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Product Group: eBooks
- Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Binding: Kindle Edition, 356 pages
- ASIN: B00EPG4AFQ