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When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It's the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who'd enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who'd all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last thr ...more
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Published December 9th 2016 by Glyn Haynie
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Stanley Foshay
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very good read. Although I did not serve in Vietnam, I did serve in Korea in 67-68.
It brought back many memories of basic and AIT, tracing for Vietnam. During the time I was there, we were harassed on relay sites by the North Korean, except we were not permitted to return fire. We had people sent to Korea after being wounded in Vietnam, who Putin 1049s to return. My brother served three tours in Nam.
Paul Jeffrey
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of the authors year in Vietnam, it takes you along his journey and the brotherhood he formed with his brothers in arms.
Brian Joynt
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good narrative story about a young Soldier's time and service with the U.S. Army in 1969 Vietnam. You can easily track the author's transition from FNG (fucking new guy) to jaded noncommissioned officer, which made me reflect on my own, similar journey in the U.S. Army, albeit several years later. Overall, a great memoir about a horrible time. I appreciate the author remembering and authoring the story for us to experience; we need more Veterans telling their stories. ...more
John Turner
I've read many books about the Vietnam war, some strictly fantasy and factionalized, others gritty real and factual. I've read books by soldiers, sailors, pilots and POWs, Marines and Army grunts, officers and enlisted, warriors of every stripe and color; even two books written by the enemy, an NVA political officer and a VC veteran with 12 years of service. I would say, in my humble opinion, that the truest, most honest and realistic book I have read is Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by ...more
Pat Appel
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Portrayal of a Year in Vietnam

I really enjoyed this book. It brought back many memories of my year in Vietnam. I also was 19 when I was in Vietnam in 1967 & 1968 serving with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion 11th Marine Regiment gun 7 155 mm howitzer. This book brought back memoirs of old friends and how we sore that we would never forget each other. Yet as the years passed by I can hardly remember their names anymore. It he author describes the heat and the monsoon s very well. It put me r
Matt McAvoy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glyn Haynie is a superb author, with whom I am already acquainted, having read and reviewed the follow-up: “Finding My Platoon Brothers”. One thing which struck me when reading this book, compared to his reminiscences in the sequel, is that his humanity appears much deeper nowadays, than then at 19 – though perhaps this comes with age; perhaps reflection. I couldn’t help thinking that very quickly into his tour of duty (weeks, maybe) he appeared already to be desensitizing to the horrors he expe ...more
Dan Leissner
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“I left as an 18-year old and came home a 35-year old. An old man in a kid’s body.”
At 19 I was a freshman at a cosy university. Glyn Haynie was “walking point”, humping across the paddy fields, hills, and jungles of Vietnam. Looking out for trip wires and punji traps, dodging ambushes and laying ambushes. Caught up in savage fire fights, seeing his comrades mangled and dying all around him. And hoping that he’d live to see 20.
Other accounts of the Vietnam War may be more intellectual, more poet
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am exceptionally lucky to have won this book from the Goodreads free book giveaway contest. I really liked and appreciated this book. Thank you Glyn for allowing us to see into your experiences during the Vietnam War. My father was a Marine, who could not talk about his I Corp experiences. He was there 63-64. I think that's the reason I try and read so many first-hand accounts of others Vietnam Veterans; so I can try to understand him better.

I enjoyed reading about the humanity, the camaraderi
Bill Colburn
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book brought back a lot of memories of my own Vietnam service with the combat engineers during 1970-71. However I was fortunate to be one of those REMFs author Haynie refers to, and never had to hump the boonies like he did. Even luckier that I can count on one hand the number of times our base took any mortar rounds. Still we lost several men when their chopper was shot down as they were inspecting one of our construction sites. Consequently I never had to see my buddies dead or wounded li ...more
Darrell Woolums
My cousin, Terry Woolums, served with Glyn Haynie, the author, and is mentioned in the book. Terry spent eleven months in the field as a 19 year old draftee. Even though he was small, he was the M-60 machine gunner for three months (I have his service records). I have read other books about Vietnam but as someone else stated, it seems like you are right there alongside the author. My cousin was troubled by his Vietnam experience and died too early from Agent Orange. I took care of him for severa ...more
James Shaw
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I served in the 198th Brigade during the same time Glyn Haynie was in the 11th Brigade. I was a First LT Platoon Leader until I was promoted to Captain. I think he expressed the life of a Grunt better than I have ever heard it expressed in a book. As he said most of the time my platoon was less than 20 men and while on the bunker line Pot became more of a problem. The news of war protests back in the states also effected morale. Even with these problems most men looked out for each and did their ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished Mr. Haynie's memoir and was moved by his story. A young man sent overseas for the first time witnesses brutality and war, losing his innocence in the process. I highlighted lots of passages because I appreciated the detail he gave. It made it that much more real for me.

Thank you, Mr. Haynie, for writing this memoir, and thank you for doing your duty to our country. God bless you.
Louis Reichenbach
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Good story about Glyn , his buddy and all his platoon members. Told in a truly realistic manner. They all paid the price of doing the best they could in a war that was not of their choosing. Some. Paid the ultimate price and their families lost loved ones. Read this story and you will get a better idea of what they endured. W.e can t thank them enough.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I’ve read many memoirs on Vietnam experiences this being one of the best. The authors descriptions were enough to allow the reader to experience the horrors of war without the gory details. I honor all who served in that war and thank them for their service.
Frank Colley
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
A shining star

Well Glyn, that is what you are. Goes to show what a great attitude will accomplish! Great book and I highly recommend it. Wish I could have known you in the war...and in life
ken glass
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good book !

Well written book I enjoyed reading it. Mr Haynie was able to tell the the story of the young men (Boys) who brought in Vietnam. Thank you !

Margaret Heninger
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting view from the soldiers viewpoint.
R D Reece
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Frank, funny & tragic

When I graduated from high school in 1966 I told my mom & dad I was going to join the army & go to Vietnam. My parents were horrified but remained calm. "Why don't you join the National Guard and go for 6 months active duty? If you like it, you can switch over to regular army. If not, you can come back & go to college and do your 6 years reserve duty here at home." After 6 months I couldn't wait to go home and go to college. This book vividly illustrates what I missed out on
David W Sharp
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To understand you had to be there

I was in Viet Nam the same time frame as the author. I was a Marine, with Alpha 1/26 in I Corp.
The last few paragraphs and the final line just hit home.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
Bruce Long
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

Very good book. I felt as if I were along side the author in Vietnam. A good perspective on the reality of the war and the politics which unfortunately drove it. I finished the book, very appreciative of the challenges of soldiering in Vietnam.
Bruce Long
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, Thank you for serving our country. And thank you for writing a novel that help me better connect with a war that my father was a part of.
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Henry Brummel
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Book

Glyn is an accomplished writer, who tells his Viet Nam story clearly and concisely. He researched the facts and events. The book is seamless and has an ending. Well done Glyn. Thank you for your service. Highly recommended.
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Glyn Haynie served for twenty years in the U.S. Army, retiring March 1, 1989. During his career, he served as an infantry squad leader, an infantry platoon sergeant, and later as a drill instructor, a first sergeant, and an instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA). He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Galla ...more

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