Semper Cool: One Marine's Fond Memories of Vietnam
The wrenching, sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking memoir of a mischievous teenager who enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps seeking adventure and his father's approval and finds both, plus more danger than he ever could have imagined. Barry Fixler gets molded into a Marine at Parris Island and sent to Vietnam, where he is assigned to a company that would soon etc...more
The thing with memoirs is that it's all real (Duh!). You can't tell yourself - "This is just fiction, not true. " So everything that happens or is described in a memoir tends to affect you more.
Semper Cool is the story of author, Barry Fixler's experiences during the Vietnam war. The memoir starts right from the time he enlisted to his homecoming after the war. Barry Fixler was just a teenager when he joined, a mere boy and by the end of it, he was a "grown-up", a man who had seen too...more
About the Cover Photograph
Author Barry Fixler holds the skull of an North Vietnamese soldier at an outpost near the DMZ. The Marine to his right was killed shortly after this photo was taken. The Marine to his left lost both legs in battle.
When reading this book, there were times when I FELT the jungle and it's heat around me and the weight of the gear the soldiers had to carry. Mr. Fixler's unapologetic look at the t...more
The author has pledged 100% of the profits from this book to aid and assist those veterans that never got enough aid from the government. A very noble cause....more
At first glance, a person may only see three guys laughing at the camera. Looking closer, and after reading the title, you realize these guys are Marines ... and one of them is holding a human skull. I enjoyed seeing smiling faces on the cover of a book about the military. Most of the time the people pictured are so solemn (and with good reason).
What most intrigued me about this cover was the knowledge about the photo the reader gained. In the book, Barry (the author and middle guy in the c...more
Adding photographs as part of the retelling was a fantastic way to give further insight into a era before my existence. I enjoyed the journey b...more