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Boots: An Unvarnished Memoir of Vietnam

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
On July 19th, 1966, I received my invitation from Uncle Sam. In January, 1967, at the age of twenty, I left my home in Tennessee, and was on my way to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. I knew I was destined to join the party in Vietnam. I had been married for five days before I jumped on the bus and became US government property. I was about to embark on a ...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Writers AMuse Me Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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Rob
Nov 15, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
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Very good book - hard to imagine what those young men and women went through being so young and asked to fight a war that is hard to understand. I served 23 years in the Navy, and can relate somewhat to what LT Parks went through, with my own assignment overseas during both wars with Iraq; the pride of serving and coming home. This book hit home because of the details about serving with good enlisted men and officers and also serving with ones that could not make a decision, or when they did why ...more
Mary Cote
Sep 06, 2012 Mary Cote rated it it was amazing
I have read many books about Vietnam. I have never read one like this. This is war from the soldier's perspective, no romance, no glory, no heroics, but rather how one soldier goes from one day to the next, one ambush to the next, one patrol to the next. It's about what he does, what he sees, and how he copes, written in frank, vivid terms.
David Smith
Aug 21, 2012 David Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No bullshit book about the reality of Vietnam from the point of view of a soldier!!!!
Steve Parcell
A really different take on the Vietnam War.

Really focusing on what the guys did during R and R. How poor leadership led to unnecessary deaths and low morale.

A little too long and a bit too much on what he did when he was discharged from active duty but a good read none the less.
John Podlaski
Mar 26, 2015 John Podlaski rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading "Boots: An Unvarnished Memoir of Vietnam", a first-person narrative following a 20 year old lieutenant - fresh out of OCS - through his year long tour in Vietnam. Lt. Park spent his first six months as an infantry platoon leader in the 1st Division - Big Red One - leading his men on day patrols and night ambushes, sometimes chopping their way through seemingly impenetrable jungle to satisfy the whims of his superiors. Other missions to guard bridges and roads were less exhausti ...more
Mary Cote
Aug 20, 2012 Mary Cote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books about Vietnam. I have never read one like this. This is war from the soldier's perspective, no romance, no glory, no heroics, but rather how one soldier goes from one day to the next, one ambush to the next, one patrol to the next. It's about what he does, what he sees, and how he copes, written in frank, vivid terms.
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