Title: Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966
Author: Franklin Cox
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Hodge Wood
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0786447192
Capturing the chaotic nature of the U.S. Marine experience at war in Vietnam, this memoir recounts the experiences of a young officer in a series of unrelated short pieces. In a narrative as fragmented as the war itself, the only resolution is the same one reached by the Marines who fought--the conclusion of a tour of duty with no happy ending. Each chapter describes a specific event, a story of emotion, or a remarkable person (some are heroes, some are cowards). The reader lives the experience alongside the author, gaining a true sense of the pulse-pounding contact, surrealism, pathos, humor, and beauty that defined one of the low points of the American experience.