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Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War

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In this frank, engaging memoir, Captain Chamberlain chronicles the missions, personal courage and sacrifice of the Marines he was privileged to command; painfully recalls the unspeakable order he and his Marines were forced to obey; and the cover-up which followed. Nearly four decades later, Captain Chamberlain makes right what was wrong; brings closure to the family of a ...more
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 28th 2019 by Love the West Publications LLC
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Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War
By: Doug Chamberlain

Bury him. Two little words. Because of these words, Chamberlain suffered a lifetime of guilt, grief and regret. As a young man serving in the Marines in the Viet Nam War, Chamberlain followed orders that would haunt him. This book is Chamberlain's account of his time in the Viet Nam War and his efforts
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bury Him is a journey through the struggles, pains and missions through the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of Captain Chamberlain.

As a Canadian, we do not learn about the Vietnam War in school so most of what I knew about this war was from reading online and media. Reading through this book, it gave me time to look up events and some of the history during this time period to get a better understanding of what is told to us in this autiobiography.

While all conflict is full of pain and suffe
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many avoid past events because many are unpleasant. History repeats itself! If we are to avoid making the same destructive mistakes of others, we must learn from historical events.

The Viet Nam War was a regrettable mistake, created and prolonged by greedy, corrupt leaders in politics. It is why today so many are striving to "clear out the swamp" of politicians and special interest groups who have lost integrity and the meaning of "serving the people" .

This book is a remarkable account of one ma
Marilyn Wilson
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know how to begin reviewing this book. This hit a personal note for me. While the war in Vietnam was ebbing by the time I hit high school in the US, I still remember watching the last drafts on TV and wondering which of my older school mates would have to head to war. Then I remember in my 20's talking to Viet Nam vets and hearing how difficult it was coming home and the unforgivable discrimination they faced. But they NEVER spoke of their time there.

To read this book finally answer
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read

This book is very well written. The author knows the proper usage of the English language. But I feel the author has some real issues that he is dealing with. While the story of the abandoned Marine is appalling, Captain Chamberlain made it right and got the boy home. It seems like he has wasted 50 years of his life trying to make someone accountable. In war, stuff happens. And it's not always good. Unfortunately, this travesty has apparently been an all-consuming project of the
Denis Lenihan
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

What stands out in this book is. Truth. I was an infantryman with the 1st infantry division in Vietnam 1965to 1966. Somebody once said that the first victim in war is the truth and that was certainly true about Vietnam. Vietnam was an economic war and the people who sent us there were part of the military industrial complex. Jack Kennedy lost his life because he said he would not commit ground troops . Jack Kennedy was naive. It still goes on today. Obama was given the message, and so
Sherry Beth Preston
“Bury Him: a memoir of the Viet Nam War,” by La Grange, Wyoming author, Doug Chamberlain tells the story of his experiences during the war in 1967 and 1968, including the Tet Offensive and Da Nang. I like a book with maps in the front, and this book didn’t disappoint.

This is the second first-person war memoir I have read this year. Both of them had similar themes concerning the author's frustration at the larger aspects of war. Each highlighted failures of the highest commanders being cavalier w
Grace Ann
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this is a very poignant true-to-life narration of a military man's experience of the Vietnam War and its after effects in the lives of those who fought in it.

'Bury him,' that command from many years ago still resonates in his mind even after the war. Chamberlain has written a vivid personal story of his encounters in the battlefields of the Vietnam War. Every veteran soldier has his story to tell and Chamberlain's memory of this particular event is seared deep in his conscience, a reas
Angela Thompson
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Captain Chamberlain Opens His Viet Nam Story To Readers. Personally, looking back, I know that my stepfather rarely talked about his experiences in Viet Nam--and I can still remember him saying once when my Mom tried to open a conversation about it-- "I don't want to talk about it. I don't want to talk about any of it. End of subject." Aside from telling my husband a couple of stories and talking about a dog that hung out on base--he never spoke about it. To read the author's personal story--fro ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
How do you a review such as this?

This was hands down, unlike anything I have read before. I have read a memoir or two before, but none such as this.

The book wasn’t quite a story, but I felt more of a recounting of events and memories in a chronological order. It was more of a personal experience going through a journey that unless you have ever been on yourself; would not and could not imagine what goes on.

While the book and contents itself intrigued me and I enjoyed reading it; it definitely pr
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War by Captain Doug Chamberlain was an interesting read. I enjoyed reading about the Captain’s life and his time serving in the Vietnam War. It is not an easy book to read. I had to put it down from time to time to think about what I had just read. It was kind of difficult to get through sometimes. The reason being the book dealt with some of the heavy issues within the pages. It deals with quite a bit of some events that I could never understand or imagine. O
bookish tanna
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ll ever be as brave and as forthright like Chamberlain.
This autobiography is honest, memorable and interesting, to say the least.
As we dive into the first few chapters, we view Chamberlain’s early life, before the big moments, before the suffering, into innocence and normality. Chamberlain’s story is a part of our history, something that will be remembered for years to come. He speaks of his family, his friends, his fellow soldiers on the battlefield, and even of strangers, who
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of military books. Yet, I have read more books about WWI and WWII than most of the other wars. Therefore, my knowledge of the Viet Nam war is one that I am not familiar with. Captain Doug Chamberlain gives readers like me a good wealth of knowledge and insight into this war.

The chapters are short and thus makes this a fast read. Although, the other reason that I read this book so fast was because I did find this an interesting read. I did not feel like there was any political motives
jim bowen
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
“ Obcession” is a better title for this yarn.

The author lets the reader hanging time after time when describing incidents that happened on his watch without telling us the outcome. Such as when his company s amushec on Go Noi island at the railroad track area and he calls in artillery and close air support by the ton on the close by enemy. But does not explain the results very well, or f any patrols were sent in to ascertain BDA... Plus he is overly obsessed with PFC Kelly and what happened to h
Rose Aitken
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
the best in the world are they?

This book is more an explanation of why things were done than an account of actions. Not the most vivid book about the Vietnamese war but not too bad. The one thing I don’t understand is that, in the introduction we’re told that the American marine corps is the best in the world but then, don’t they all say that about their military? Anyway, the book then goes on to talk about the stupidity of this elite fighting force unrivalled in any military campaign and its hi
Joe Keefhaver
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doug Chamberlain's memoir of his time as a Marine in Vietnam is compelling reading. He gives a first-hand account of his tour as a captain on the front lines of this confusing war. I was impressed that he and his comrades seemed in constant peril with few friendly encounters with the local population or even forces allied with the U.S. The experience of combat, and especially the coverup of a dead Marine being left on the battlefield, had a profound impact on Chamberlain. Although a success in s ...more
Nick Ueber
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read many books by authors who served as either officers or enlisted men in Viet Nam. For the most part this is a middle of the road narrative when it relates Captain Chamberlains war experiences. Where it is really gripping and must read is his after war struggles with PTSD and even more interesting and compelling is his honorable crusade relative to PFC Kelly, the subject his book title is based on. Any more review depth would definitely contain spoilers so will just say that part of th ...more
Timothy Turner
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Hardest Assignment as a Company Commander

Of all the books I have read about people's lives in Vietnam, THIS BOOK HAS TO BE THE BEST ONE I HAVE EVER READ. Being a Vietnam veteran in the Navy. This book opened my eyes to things I never knew happened.
It was well written and it brought out a lot of my emotions from the 2 tours I had made to Vietnam. I think this book should be read by any Vietnam veteran and have them compare their tour or tours that Captain Chamberlain's 13 month tour was lik
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Realistic painful read about Marines in Vietnam

The author has written a compelling book in which he reveals his intelligence, his experiences, and his pain. In reading his book, I couldn’t help but think of his pain and the pain suffered by so many other veterans and their families, as a result of this conflict. He brought out so many issues about what went dreadfully wrong 52 years ago that I am sure he will carry his burdens for the rest of his life, with honor. I highly recommend this book.
Joe Brown
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotional Rollercoaster

The author/victim tells the accounts of a war. His time in Vietnam clearly took its toll on him. Well written and shocking information revealed . Thought about this book for days.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written account of how the political biases can reach into the lives of service men during periods of conflict. Almost unbelievable, but then again one only needs to look at our current administration and see the true faces of our own 'UGLY' Americans. ...more
John E. Wilson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a book that took great effort to compose due to the trama of all that surrounds those involved. It is hard to imagine the pain that accompanied the actions that were taken and those that were to follow throughout the years .
jan thompson
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A very informative read. I can see where he had a lot of. Questions. Very sad that he was put down for doing the right thing. Bless you Mr Chamberlain. A job well done Sir.
Ricky E Daughtry
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book

A very well written book and very interesting. Enjoyed it very much. I was in the army 70 73 . 25 infantry division 1 27 infantry regiment . Wolfhounds
William Napier
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This manuscript portrays the due diligence and love this marine has for his men and country. His dedication brought to light the travesty that occurred.
Thomas Jones
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Ok read.

Ok read, however for my taste it delved too much into the horrendous cover up
Of the marine left behind.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful look into Vietnam war that most people who went through it wouldnt talk about. Helped in understanding how awful it was for them.
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Doug Chamberlain, the grandson of homesteaders in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, grew up with the "country values" instilled in him in the rural environment of a very small community. Even though there were only 10 students in his high school graduating class, several of his classmates pursued careers, public service, and military service that took them to various locations around the world ...more

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