THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars, excellent book, by ron l (yonkers,ny)

This book has a nice flow from training to actual combat. The book gives a very good personal account of Vietnam service.


5.0 out of 5 stars, A well written Memoir by David Mulldune, by Jeanette Croy "jlacroix"

I have listened to many war stories on survival and prisoners of war during World War II but none of them touched me as much as David's account of his tour of Viet Nam. I felt like I was there with him in every step he took and every word spoken. I was not offended by the language in the book. I don't know if it is because I knew David in school that made it more personal but it made me realize how tragic this war was.

My brother served as a medic in the Army in Viet Nam and I have never heard him speak of his time over there. This book was very well written and I cannot imagine after all these years reliving these memories and putting them in writing. David, you and all your comrades dead or alive are heroes to me. I am glad you made it back safe. The good Lord was there by your side. I have enjoyed conversing back and forth with you during my slow reading of your book. If it ever comes out in audio I will definitely listen to it.

5.0 out of 5 stars, A great read, by Dawn Maher

Great insight to what it was like on front line have read it twice. Would highly recommend for an insightful story.


3.0 out of 5 stars, Straight Forward and Direct, by C. Lum

Author David Mulldune's book "The Mailman Went UA" was written as a personal memoir of his actual experience in Vietnam. The book begins from being a high school drop out, to boot camp then to Nam. He is assigned to being a grunt and is deployed in the field much of his time. His writing style was informative and enjoy o table until he began his experience in Nam. Anger overwhelmed him as he began to describe many experiences he had. Writing became more and more vulgar, using swear words rather we often. His battle stories Valentine after then next with little or no ties to continuity. Choppy and singularities. Sometimes I had a difficulty understanding what he spoke of, the lost of values combat and fear do to a ma'am, yet he Helen o n to a little decency. My conclusion of his book is it reads like a angry manuscript. Three Stars.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Like stepping into yesterday. None of this s*** is real. by NE Ala

After almost half a century this book brings back so many memories that can still tie my stomach in knots. Thanks Mulldune.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Understanding, by Ellen Sue Atherton

Two weeks after marrying my husband and4 yr. boyfriend. I became a waiting wife. Not easy nor was welcoming home a stranger. I have spent the last 40+ years trying to understand what happened to change him. His silence lasted even with our children. Thank you David for giving me a glance into his heart and mind. My goal is to help him overcome his shame. In his mind our children could never forgive or understand. I don't think he gives them enough credit. But we will work on that.

MY RESPONSE TO ELLEN SUE ATHERTON:

Ellen, your husband doesn't give himself enough credit. He did a job for his Country, even though it was a dirty one that not many were willing to do. I wish you and your family well. David W. Mulldune

 
5.0 out of 5 stars, SOBERING, but fascinating....,by Bonnie

I've read many books about the Vietnam War but this one was the one that will always stick in my mind and in my heart. Way to go, David Mulldune, I hope writing this book has helped to exorcise any demons you have left after your experience. This book is worth every penny! Thus far, on this day, April 17th it is my favorite book of the year and I suspect will end up being my favorite for 2013.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Told like it was, by Frank D. Anselmo

An inside view of what it was like to really experience the vietnam experience. Rough language and graphic detail give it a real authenticity. I salute those who served there!


5.0 out of 5 stars, Thoroughly enjoyable!, by George Brickell

Clearly, "as it was" for the "grunts at the front" - holds no punches, a thoroughly enjoyable read and qualifies in my opinion as an Historical account of conditions relating to the Vietnam war era. - Thank you Mr. Mulldune!

1.0 out of 5 stars, Virtually unreadable, by autigerheart

Every other word is a curse word, usually the worst ones he could think of. Being a veteran myself, I can assure you that anyone who thinks like that is making most of it up, trying to show how tough he was. Ridiculous.

MY RESPONSE TO AUTIGERHEART:

You say that you can "assure" anyone who thinks like that that I am making most of it up and trying to show how tough I was. What is the basis of your "assurance?" You say that you are a veteran but of what? Were you in the Marines? Were you a combat Marine...or administrative or motor pool personnel? During the time of Vietnam? You give very little information as to what you have based your judgment of me on and yet you dismiss my experience as "ridiculous."

Read some of the other comments from ACTUAL combat personnel from those who served in Vietnam who have given my book 5 stars. Also, 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. Are they making it up as well? I can ASSURE you that your assurance is absolutely worthless. David W. Mulldune

AUTIGERHEART'S RESPONSE TO ME:

I was in the Army, Central highlands. I was attached to the Korean White Horse infantry division. I was not "motor pool " or rear echelon. I was wounded twice. If we had anyone in our unit that thought like you did they would have been booted out. Cohesion and loyalty are too important. I know that marines think they are the only ones that did any fighting but it's just not true. I suggest that anyone who wants to know what it was really like read "What It's Like to Go to War " or "We Were Soldiers Once ."

MY RESPONSE TO AUTIGERHEART:

You still give no information as to what your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was. Were you an officer or enlisted? You say that you were "attached" to an infantry division. What does that mean? We had a lot of Marines "attached" to a division that had nothing to do with being combat personnel and, yes, some got wounded. In fact, we never went out in division strength (where all the "attached personnel" are). The most we ever went out in was company strength with no "attached" personnel. Even if you were a grunt you are talking about the Army in Korea. That is not even the same as the Army in Vietnam much less the Marines in Vietnam. You are offended by the vulgar language and yet you don't mention anything about being offended by the vulgarity of war and that is what you focused on? Bad language? Unbelievable!

Both of the books that you recommend were written by officers. A completely different perspective. The Vietnam Veterans of America said in a review of my book, "...This down and dirty memoir rates up there at the top with Ernest Spencer's Welcome to Vietnam, Macho Man, and Karl Marlantes' (who wrote one of the books you mention) novel, Matterhorn, for bald honesty and hard-hitting language and description of the unspeakable things that happen in war... If you have the time to read only one Marine Corps grunt memoir dealing with the teenagers who fought in Vietnam, I'd recommend this one. It held my attention throughout even though I've read dozens of Vietnam War memoirs..." (David Willson review). However, I do thank you for the plug.

The Military Writers Society of America in a review by Bob Flournoy of my book said, "There are hundreds of Vietnam memoirs in publication, but few as brutally honest, and raw as The Mailman Went UA. The coarse language will be offensive to those ears that left such language behind them in Vietnam. It will be devastating, unreadable to those who did not serve. The actions remembered here, of young men in combat, will seem appalling after all these years, to those who participated. They were. But it is what it is, and it is all true. Mr. Mulldune has absolutely told it like it was; to be a 19 year old Marine in America's dirtiest war..."

Again, your assurance is absolutely worthless and I didn't use any vulgar language in describing what you have to say. Also, instead of sniping at me from behind a pseudo name, why don't you use your real name? David W. Mulldune

AUTIGERHEART'S RESPONSE TO ME:

Thanks for your comment. To say the White Horse division was not in Nam shows you need to do your homework before flying off the handle. My MOS (I know what MOS means) was 11H (recoiless rifle). To be "attached" to a unit means to provide support against enemy attack. I noticed that at least 90% of your 5-star reviews came from those who never served. Also, no way am I giving my real name to a psychopath.

MY RESPONSE TO AUTIGERHEART:

I never said that the White Horse division was not in Vietnam. I am saying that your experience in the Army with the White Horse division was in Korea and not Vietnam. Reread the comment (Who is flying off the handle? Come on, pay attention). In my experience the grunts were always out in front and the recoilless rifle personnel were in back. What I'm getting from what you are saying is that you weren't a grunt. I'm glad that has been cleared up.

I didn't ask you to read the 5 star reviews (and dismiss them), I asked you to read the Vietnam Veterans of America review (they may have some credibility) and the Military Writers Society of America review (maybe a little bit of credibility) but I suppose that you can dismiss them as well. Even if you want to disparage 90% of my reviewers because they never served and accept only 10% as "legitimate" worthy of consideration then what about the 10%? Their Five Star endorsements, based on their Vietnam combat experience, of my book doesn't count but your opinion with no Vietnam combat experience counts? They support my position and what I have written including Gary Price whom I served with in Vietnam and yet you disparage their affirmations as well. Actually the number is closer to 33% (I have gotten 13 Five Star reviews out of 40 and an additional 4 Four Star reviews from those with military and Vietnam experience) including former Vietnam combat Marines, a Navy corpsman (in Vietnam), Army, and 1 award winning Green Beret author (Loyd Little) giving the 5 star reviews, however, since you tend to omit certain facts just to prop yourself up I'll let it slide.

And you resort to calling me a "psychopath?" When you can't defend your position or are muddled in your position, call names. What a convenient shield to hide behind. David W. Mulldune (My Real Name)


5.0 out of 5 stars, You Don't Have to Like It., by S R Wetterschneider "SRW"

I appreciate this book. In my own personal experience it accurately describes how Marines use language, and how they relate to each other. If you don't like the language stop reading.

MY RESPONSE TO S.R. WETTERSCHNEIDER:

Thank you for your appreciation of my book. Coming from your vantage point of personal experience means a lot. David W. Mulldune

S.R. WETTERSCHNEIDER'S RESPONSE TO AUTIGERHEART: 

As I walked down the street in front of Douglas Aircraft Co., Santa Monica, on the day after I was discharged from the Marine Corps in June of 1959 a convertible pulls up to the curb. The driver yells, "What the F#@$are you doing here?" It was a sergeant I had just seen yesterday, and it seemed completely normal to see him. He drove away, and I never saw him again.

TIM KOZUSKO'S RESPONSE TO S.R. WETTERSCHNEIDER:

Right on! 
This book is awesome, and I cannot get my head around how readers will complain about offensive language but not the idea of people being blown to pieces in a freakin' war. 

Perspective people, perspective...


4.0 out of 5 stars, Where boys became men! (Vietnam), by Tate

This narrative is the reality that young boys suddenly become aware of their youth, their carefree life and future and how quickly it can change! Most males that have experienced military life can relate to David Mulldune’s and his comrades transition from civilian teenagers to old men in just 12 months! They had no idea what it meant to have trained with, fought with, and made life-long friendships with such as these.... until now! Life now has becomes questionable! These young men had no concept of death, there was a whole life ahead of them, so what makes Vietnam so different? Here is where these cadre of buddies learn how hard it is to accept the loss of one of their own! By the end of their enlistment, they're no longer the boys who arrived here just a year ago and are now going home, no longer who they were when they left home, but as aged men, back to the "World" they no longer belonged! 


4.0 out of 5 stars, Vietnam, by Trevor Pengar (Australia)

This memoir is very, very well written and I would and will be seeking more from this author if he is writing any more.


2.0 out of 5 stars, Off The Wall, by Linda E. Hutchenrider "Hutchenriders" (Massachusetts)

I spent 12 months in the bush in 1966 to 1967 and if you gave an officer shit like in the book, your ass would have been gone. If he was in a true grunt outfit he would not had time to take a crap, never mind go to the places he claimed. As for the trip back to the world before his tour was over, I hardly doubt it. It was a short read (thank god) but it really should be put in the Fiction section. I was with the Seventh Marines in 1966 and 67 and saw a lot of action, but it sure didn't happen in the structure of this story. I give this book a 2star for his amagination.


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