THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars, A Really Good Read, by Blind Lemon Chitlin

Growing up in Covington, Ga. I bought the book because I knew one of the guys mentioned in it. Gary Price was always a jokester and a cool guy to be around. I had talked to Gary right after he got back to the World but I wanted to read about his activities in Nam. After getting past the first chapter or two, I knew that when David and Gary met they would become good friends.

Over the years I have thought a lot about the young boys who dropped out of high school and wound up in Viet Nam.. so young with so much responsibility and dealing with life and death every day. David's memoir enters into the hearts and souls of these young men and how afraid they really were, every day. He does a great job of expressing the rage, sadness, and the gambit of other emotions he and his fellow Marines dealt with while fighting. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down.


1.0 out of 5 stars, A sad statement from a confused young man, by GDAndrews

Quotation from Chapter 13,

"We were losers, but that is precisely the type of individual the military wants. Young and out of options. They speak about demonstrating honor, glory, sacrifice (for the good), pride, Country, etc, and are quite persuasive and eloquent, but it is easy to be this way when you are sitting on a sterile perch. Coming from a lower socio-economic/educational position in life with your only options having a dead-end job, being homeless, leading a life of crime and being in prison, being an addict, or dying an early death, you seize the concept that you can be "noble". While I would not change my experience, I want to say, however, that I am ashamed of some of the things that I did and did not do."

1. With this statement Mr. Mulldune has dishonored the service, sacrifice and memory of hundreds of thousands of bright and precious young men since the beginning of these United States, from Concord to present day Afghanistan.

2. In his book, Mr. Mulldune sinks to depravity, insolence, insubordination, arrogance, malice and on and on, and these qualities are not directed toward the enemy but toward his own officers and men.

3. If you are on Oliver Stone aficionado, then this work is your cup of tea.

4. I have no way to prove this but it is my belief that many of the recitations in this book are pure fiction. I do however believe that the broad brush story took place.

5. I found no attempt to provide any references that can verify any of the events that Mr. Mulldune uses to condemn the men and officers of the United States Military.

6. I will give Mr. Mulldune kudos for coming clean about his immoral, childishly criminal behavior while so many of our sons, brothers and fathers strove to uphold the reputation of the American Fighting Man under some of the most difficult circumstances we had faced up to that time.

MY RESPONSE TO GDANDREWS:

GDAndrews, you don't mention in your review whether you have served in the military, in combat, and in Vietnam and that this is the basis for your judgment, however, I thank you for your review and your defense of all the men and women who have served in our military (well, except for me). I want to say that I, and I alone, am responsible for my actions and that I did not and cannot dishonor anyone's service, sacrifice, or memory of anyone having been in the military. I can only dishonor myself. In my book I said that I could only speak for myself and no one else. I never said that we were losers but in the eyes of the world, the prevailing attitude, is that we were. I do point out in chapter 4, page 80, 2nd paragraph, "But I will tell you what. I would rather be with these bunch of losers in Nam than with anyone else in the whole world!" Whether you like it or not the military does attract people like I was, however, instead of being a negative it is a positive attraction. Our current and former members of the military have given more in a positive way to American society than any other single group. We never considered ourselves to be losers.

I am guilty of the things you accuse me of some of the time but most of the time I was not. I always gave respect to those who deserved respect and I always gave them a chance to earn it. As far as my time in the Marines, I received above average evaluations from my superiors, went from private E-1 to corporal E-4 in 14 months, fast for Marine Corps standards even in Vietnam, was made a section leader in weapons platoon, was offered sergeant E-5 with an immediate 30 day leave anywhere in the free world plus a $6,000.00 bonus if I would re-enlist, and I was honorably discharged. Do you believe that I would have as good a record as I did if I was so depraved, insolent, insubordinate, arrogant, with malice, immoral, criminal and on and on?

I am proud that I served my Country, that I was a Marine, and of my fellow Marines. Even though I didn't recognize it at the time, the Marine Corps had instilled in me a will to win, to never quit, to be responsible and accept responsibility for my actions, and many other qualities that have contributed to me being a better person in this world. I will forever be grateful for these lessons. Something that time and reflection has taught me more to appreciate. However, the events and attitudes in my book are real and I was not alone by any means. You can't whitewash the ugly side of war so that you can lead your life with a clear conscience about dealing with the countless numbers of deaths (sacrifice, honor, glory), loss of limbs, sight, and hearing (sacrifice, honor, glory), destroyed lives and families (sacrifice, honor, glory). You have missed the point of my book. See reviews of my book on Vietnam Veterans of America website (vva.org) by David Willson and the Military Writers Society of America website (mwsadispatches.com) by Bob Flournoy. David W. Mulldune

TIM KOZUSKO'S RESPONSE TO GDANDREWS:

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however ill-informed. I read the book on Kindle, and referenced reviews such as yours in my review of this fine work.

After reading yours again, I bought a hard-cover version of the book with which to adorn my bookcase at home. Perhaps I can mail it to Mr. Mulldune for an autograph.

No offense, but you really missed the point of this book. Peace


4.0 out of 5 stars, Good Read, by C. Fesler "Spade" (Arkansas) (REAL NAME)

The words used were the words of a grunt on the front line. No punches were pulled and he let it fly. More books should be written in this style.


5.0 out of 5 stars, One of the Best, by Terry

Having read many Vietnam memoir books, this is undoubtedly one of the very best. I read the entire book in a week, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Great read, by Ryan Chumley

This book is a more raw account of a year spent in the craziness of Vietnam. I have read countless autobiographies this one is definitely a must read.


4.0 out of 5 stars, An intense memoir of a Marine on the ground, by Richard A. Reep

I liked the book. Some of it was a little incredible (fog of war) but generally a very readable account of a miserable 13 months on the ground in Vietnam.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Raw description of war, by Albert (REAL NAME) (United States) 

For the first time I feel that I've read a book about what it was really like to fight in Vietnam and what guts went through over there. There is no whitewash of war in this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Awesomesauce, by Michael O'Neal

This was the best Vietnam Memoir I've ever read. Amazing. I felt as if I was right beside Mulldune the whole tour. I even had a couple of bad dreams, and I wasn't even alive in 1968.

If you want to feel like you were in the "s***" in 1968, then you must read this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Could not put it down. by Trena Holsten  (Kirkland, WA)

This book really pulled me in. I was never aware that I was in fact, reading a book. It felt as though I was just listening to this guy tell me his story, and I could visualize it all. I appreciate the raw gritty style in which this is written. Excellent read.

4.0 out of 5 stars, BROTHER OF A MARINE KIA, by Elmer Lewis

Had a brother that served in Vietnam with H&S company 3/9/3 Marines was KIA April 30 1968. Just want to see if I can find any stories of the 9th Marines and maybe men in his gun crew. I really like the book.

MY RESPONSE TO ELMER LEWIS:

My utmost respect and heartfelt feelings for your brother. David W. Mulldune


5.0 out of 5 stars, Real war experience, by reader 101

No holds barred on this personal story of the Vietnam war experience. A good read and left me wanting more.


3.0 out of 5 stars, Good read, by G. Murfin (Seattle, WA) (REAL NAME)

Interesting story. Told well. I could understand his thinking since I was there too...but for longer time - 3 yrs.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Peter Noone would have liked the remake of his song, by Hans Korschinowski (Las Vegas Nevada) (REAL NAME)

Well told story, enjoyed it, brought back memories of friends made and friends lost. One thing it did do for me, it opened the door to read the letters I sent home from book Camp through my six and a half years of Corps life. Semper Fi

5.0 out of 5 stars, Great Read, by John

Super book...just like it was...I really enjoyed the read..if you have an interest in that war take the time to read this...


5.0 out of 5 stars, Could dot put it down, by Dibbs

A great book on how it really was. Some very basic language but not offensive. I felt I was very much a part of it. Recommend this book to those who were lucky enough not to be drafted.


4.0 out of 5 stars, The disposable generation, by Ron M

By now, a pretty typical story line. However, as a veteran, I think the author did a great job of letting the reader the type and background that really fought the war. "America's greatest generation" threw our generation into the meat grinder of Vietnam, and then let politics control the war. This book tells the story of the type of guy that fought the war, the way it had to be fought under the political rules, and then the "should have been expected effect" on the participants who were considered to be "disposable" to society after the war. My conclusion after reading the book? What other storyline and ending did you expect?


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