THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars, Must read for EVERYONE whose worn a uniform, by Kenny Satterlee

This is an incredible read! The author puts the reader in the battle with him! This book should be on the Commandant's reading list. From the moment this young man's feet hit the yellow footprints at MCRD, to his departure from our beloved Corps, this true story of one Marine's service is wide open. Though I am much younger, this story took me back to my 10 years in the world's best gun club! I was captivated, shocked, saddened, and most of all, proud to have claimed the title, United States Marine! David W. Mulldune, certainly takes you through the fog of war, puts you in his fire team, and shows the reader how far a survivor's attitude will take you! This is a 10 star book, a fast paced read, and will affect the reader forever.


Email from Kenny Satterlee, former Marine

The Mailman Went UA, A Vietnam Memoir... I read this incredible piece in 3 sittings, those of you that know me, know that I don't read. The author captivates you, and puts you in a real life, non stop, surreal position in his platoon. From the day this young man stood on the yellow footprints at MCRD, to the day he departed our beloved Corps, and the countless battles that he and his men endured and countless lives of friends and fellow Marines that were lost, David is a Marine, through and through. This writing should absolutely be on the Commandant's List and required reading for anyone who has worn OD green, past or present. If you ever wondered what the inside of a Marine's mind is like, here are 13 chapters of one Marine's story that could very well change your life forever. I'm honored to say that two of theses hard charging Devil Dogs from 1st MarDiv are my friends! Semper Fidelis Gary Price & David W. Mulldune, thank you for your sacrifices and fair winds and following seas to all who didn't return. — with Gary Price and David W. Mulldune.



4.0 out of 5 stars, Nice read, by Tigerhawk

Book was interesting to read. Good first person account of day to day life in the field. Glad I read it.


5.0 out of 5 stars, awesome, by James P. Millardo

Very descriptive and accurate. David did an awesome job at keeping the story line flowing. This was a very important time in our history and the people that chose not to participate really need to know what we all went through during that time and perhaps they will finally understand the real truths of war!!


4.0 out of 5 stars, by Trevor Hardie (Hastings, Hawkes Bay New Zealand)

A good book worth the read I try and only read nonfiction books on Vietnam. I am a veteran who served in1965


5.0 out of 5 stars, A ground level view of Vietnam, by Scott K.

I was intrigued as to how you compared your writing style to O'Brian and Caputo. I have read both books you refer to and notice a big difference myself. Instead of a lot of page filling innuendo (sp), your story was one I could much more easily relate to. All I want is to know just how it was in ones own words and this book did an outstanding job of that. If the language offends any readers, they are not really interested in how it "really" was!

I thank you for a good experience.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Good Read, by Zinger

I gave this book 4 stars only because I think it would appeal to a somewhat restricted group of readers. For military buffs or Vietnam vets it is a five star. Well written and organized, it conveys the feelings and emotions of a difficult time for America and those who served. I recommend.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Interesting Story, by Joyce L. Rommel (REAL NAME)

I liked that this book is about how Vietnam really was for the foot soldier. You feel like you're really listening to the conversations.


5.0 out of 5 stars, 
Great memory adjustment, by Alwalks

Loved the story. Real stuff. I passed through Vietnam when I was younger. Fortunately I survived to get back to the world. I would not like to trade places with the Marine grunts. They did the dirty work for the rest of us. This was so real you could smell the country and the smell of death was ever present. Boot Camp took me back 45 years. What a trip.

Corporal Mulldune, well done! SEMPER FI


4.0 out of 5 stars, Direct, crude insight, by Robert Lemire (Oakville, ON CANADA) (REAL NAME)

Exactly what I was expecting: a direct, insightful account from someone who was there. He conveys his impressions and feelings though his crude, verbal writing style. Makes the reader get a definite mental image of what it was like.


4.0 out of 5 stars, realistic, by Dennis Storer

This book gets to the real jungle living conditions and the way they were not looked after by their point scoring glory hunting officers war is hell and this soldier tells how it really was (what a waste of so many human lives).


5.0 out of 5 stars, An Outstanding Book, by Donnie

This book is fun to read and describes the action of the Vietnam war in detail. It was hard to put the book down. I would highly encourage reading this work.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Good Read, by Christian Boyd

I liked the book and thought it gave the reader and inside look at the Marine Corps in Vietnam and the conditions for enlisted men.


4.0 out of 5 stars, You'll enjoy it!, by USA Retired (OBX, NC)

Not written by a literary giant. It was written by a Marine's Marine. Get beyond the language of the 60s and you'll certainly enjoy it. I did! A definite buy!


4.0 out of 5 stars, The Mailman Went UA, by Gayle Peterson

I was a grunt in Nam and thought I had it bad. Sure am glad I wasn't in the Marines. Human life seemed so meaningless to them no matter if you were a Marine, Vietcong, or just a kid in the wrong place.

3.0 out of 5 stars, No more wars, by Willa

Describes the daily life of a grunt during the Vietnam War. Rough. Not pleasant to read...or think about, but I'm sure it is factual.

3.0 out of 5 stars, No Black Mambas in Vietnam, by Ronald J. Smith

Some of the stories are a little hard to believe. I'm sure their are no Black Mambas in Vietnam. That and some of his other facts are pretty unreal.

MY RESPONSE TO RONALD J. SMITH:

Ronald, thank you for taking the time to read my book. If you will take another look at the black mamba story you will see that I am repeating something I heard. We frequently were told "facts" just to keep us away from certain situations and sometimes just for the hell of it. For example; the story of the black syph (there is no such thing), the story that 99% of the snakes were poisonous with the remaining 1% being constrictors (not true), tiger incidences (no one knew), etc. I retold some of these stories in my book knowing that they were not true but at the time we certainly believed them. I felt that the reader could ascertain this intent.


4.0 out of 5 stars, We were there regardless of what we done, by James Hamilton

It was a good read for anyone that understood. Did not like his continued dislike of the support people and the Army unless you were in the bush all the time. I was in the Army and on the road a lot with the transporting of supplies and troops and was a non-combatant but saw my share of things.

I would recommend read to anyone who was a Marine in the bush.

MY RESPONSE TO JAMES HAMILTON:

James, thank you for taking the time to read and review my book. Please keep in mind that I wrote this the way I was at 18-19 years old. I didn't appreciate the military the way that I should have because I didn't understand a lot of things going on around me. I have the utmost respect for ALL who have served and are serving in our military. By the way, my wife was a medic in the Army...I hold no grudges. David W. Mulldune


1.0 out of 5 stars, this book sux, by Jack W.

this book has every war story that I ever heard in my in my 19 months in country (67-68-69) and they all happened to the same guy! it is loaded with errors through and through. milk cartoons in boot camp, give me a break - we had mechanical cows.

MY RESPONSE TO JACK W.

Jack, you state that you were in Vietnam but not what branch of the military, nor your MOS, nor your rank. That information would help me to understand where your criticism is coming from. For your information we did have milk cartons in boot camp. I have spoken to other Marines who said that they had 2 pitchers of milk per table. I don't discredit their experience because it wasn't the same as mine and we never called the milk dispensers "mechanical cows" but you did. You also state that my book is "loaded with errors through and through" but you don't cite them.

I went through boot camp and ITR with Rick Droz who went to Vietnam and lost his leg due to a rocket attack. Rick became a war correspondent and head of the Vietnam Veterans of America handicapped division. Rick said (concerning my book), "I relate to everything you put into the book. We had different experiences, but what you wrote is something that so closely relates to me that I couldn't put the book down. I thought I was reading my own story." In addition, I have had over 90 plus reviews (including the Vietnam Veterans of America by David Willson who stated, "... 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..." and the Military Writers of America by Bob Fluornoy who said, "...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...") with 23 of those reviews coming from former Vietnam Vets. Out of those 23 reviews there were fourteen 5 star reviews (13 Marines and 1 Navy corpsman), five 4 star reviews (3 Marines and 2 Army), two 3 star reviews (Army), and two 1 star reviews (Army).


5.0 out of 5 stars, Awesome, by Patricia Hill

After seeing some comments on this book I decided I had to read it for myself! I lost friends in this war and I knew others who came home but were forever changed. Not many Vietnam Veterans talk about their experiences. The one time I asked my friend a question about what it was like it brought such pain to their eyes that I never asked anyone else. David Mulldune has lived through this horror not only once but to write this book he had to live through it all again! I am so thankful he did. I now have an understanding of what happened.

My young friends went off to war looking so good in their uniforms, excited about leaving our little mill village, but they had no idea what was waiting for them! While reading this book I laughed, cried, was shocked, was furious and cried some more. I read it in two days and when I finished I was emotionally drained. The language was a little hard to get through in the beginning. But when you start realizing these were for the most part teenage boys on their own for the first time it is what you would expect from them. Mr. Mulldune did not sugar coat his experience or try to justify anything he or others did. He gives the facts.

I only wish I could see those friends I lost to tell them that I miss them and think about them often. I am so proud of them. For those who returned and have struggled with drugs and alcohol I have a new understanding of why you struggle. I will pray for you to find peace and I appreciate your sacrifice. I salute you, you deserve my respect. For all of you who have found relief from the horror you lived and have gone on with life as normal as possible, thank you! It could not have been easy! I believe you Vietnam Vets will be rewarded for your service if not here then in eternity.


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