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Promises to the Fallen: A Vietnam War Novel

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In the jungles of Vietnam, innocence is the first casualty of war...

Nineteen-year-old Eddie Henderson is a private in the U.S. Army. His parents are deceased, and he has no one in his life except his platoon brothers--Porter, Rocky, and Professor. His fellow soldiers are his family now. But none share a bond as close as he and his best friend, team leader Mitch Drexler.

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ebook, 366 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Glyn E. Haynie
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D.C. Gilbert
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I served in the U.S. Army several years after the war in Vietnam ended (from 79 to 83), I have always been fascinated by the Vietnam War. I certainly saw enough on the news to be curious about what it must have been like, and this has led me to read a great deal on the subject. Add to this the fact that, later in life, I had a few good friends who were Vietnam veterans, and who would occasionally share snippets of their experiences during the war, which only served to increase my desire to ...more
Matt McAvoy
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third I have read from the consistently brilliant Glyn Haynie, and it is a remarkable change in direction from him, as he moves away from his trademark Vietnam memoir format, into fiction. Glyn has proven to be every bit as superb a fiction author as he is when sharing his non-fiction autobiography series. Still on the familiar ground of the Vietnam war, this time Glyn has crafted a riveting, poignant, detailed and hugely authentic story of a young man’s tour of duty in 1969: the ...more
Allyn
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Born in '73 as the war wound down, I am of the generation that followed. I think that there has always been a separation there for me, a lack of understanding and a lack of connection. But this book bridged the gap. I was thrust into the hearts of the men in their platoon, the day to day grind, survival, coping, waiting, one second at a time for it to be over. To go home. I got to see through their eyes, the pain and loss, the heat and rain, the bugs and hunger, the constant stress as they crept ...more
RICK LOTSPEICH
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Glyn captures the gritty feel of the bush and all of the discomforts.
He also captures the essence of the brotherhood that forms between men in battle.
There is plenty to reflect on if you are a Nam vet, and plenty to learn if you wanted to
know a little more about what makes your Nam veteran father, uncle, or friend tick.
I had the good fortune to meet Glyn Haynie a few monts ago. His first words to me
were "Welcome home". I had waited fifty three years to hear those words.
Thanks
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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 ...more