THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars, The most important book that you will ever read, I could not put it down, by Tom Wilson

I can only hope that this review is good enough to do this great book justice. First off, the writing style of the author is second to none, he wrote this book in a way that the reader feels like they are experiencing first hand what the author Mr. Mulldune went through. I found myself experiencing the Vietnam war/conflict even though it happened before I was born. The book kept my attention throughout, as a person that never served in the military I really appreciated the beginning of the book which addressed Marine boot camp and what the author had experienced there. Anyone that has the will-power and strength to get through Marine boot camp certainly deserves respect in my opinion.

I personally feel that this book should read by all, especially by the younger generation. There is no better teacher than the past and if we ignore it, all the suffering and death were all for nothing. As you will learn in this book, war is inhumane and it makes the participants become inhumane. It is something that needs to be avoided. What the solution is to the world's problems is, I do not know, but this book should encourage society to try to find good solutions rather than sending the young off to a foreign land to be mutilated, tortured and/or killed, not to mention a life-time of emotional pain and guilt for the survivors. War is hell on Earth and we need to figure out a way around it.

Sensitive people may be shocked or disgusted by what is in this book. There are no filters and that is the way it should be. The truth is always best no matter how bad it may hurt. If we truly want to grow as a society we need to focus on the reality of things and not sugar-coat past events. Too many people bury their heads in the sand because the truth is too hard to look at, the thing is, how can we ever improve anything in this world by doing that? This book shows the reality of the cruel world and provides significant motivation to start making some changes for the better.

On another level, this book will leave you as a more grateful person. The things we typically take for granted are the greatest riches of the Earth, yet we fail to realize it because we don't know any different. This book gives you a viewpoint that you never want to experience beyond this book and you surely would not want your kids or grand-kids to ever experience what the author has experienced. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, one of the best historical books that I have ever read. This book is a teaching tool that can be used for generations.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Excellent book, by Brett Meyers

I liked the unique perspective of the author. He was there and told his story with clarity and it made me feel like I was there although i would never pretend that I could feel what he felt. It was a riveting story and my admiration for the Viet Nam vet has grown again. What a tough bunch of guys who served our country. Thank you all who sacrificed so much.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Thanks to our Vietnam Vets!, by Amazon Customer.

Thanks to our Vietnam Vets!

5.0 out of 5 stars, An excellent read.Very sobering and unable to put the book down for long until I finished it, by David W. Shettlesworth

As the author stated, his writing style is direct and rough. It was an educational experience for me. I got schooled on the sacrifices our young men were forced to make during this war. Thank you for this book. Carry on fellow devil dog.


3.0 out of 5 stars, Not bad, by S. Gorby "Moose Master (Big Bone Lick KY.) (REAL NAME)

An interesting read, but the guy comes across as a dick.  

4.0 out of 5 stars, A very good read, by Mike Edmondson  (Port Huron Michigan)

I enjoyed this book and feel in some way that I was there. Wars are never easy for the common soldier. Their stories need to be told.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Five Stars, by Ken Allen

This to me was excellent.

5.0 out of 5 stars, An entertaining but tragic account, by RD (PA)

I found the book to be an engaging but at times painful account of one combat Marines tour in Vietnam. I feel a little guilty to say that I enjoyed the book given the tragedy of portions of it, but I remained engaged until I finished it. Unlike a few reviewers, I have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of David's account and he mentioned at the end that he isn't looking to be considered a hero. With that being said I still feel it's only right to honor all Veterans regardless of the part they played and in spite of the politics involved in the war. In my mind we have a duty to hear these stories of veterans of combat to honor the personal sacrifice endured during their time in the war and long after coming home.

2.0 out of 5 stars, Two Stars, by Samuel W. Taylor

Too much BS.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Five Stars, by Bc48

This was a well-written book.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Good, byrussvmo3 

Good read

5.0 out of 5 stars, Troubling, by Nick Vanderwal 

A very troubling book David Mulldune but thanks so much for finally getting it finished and in print. Recommended to all my fellow pogues. U-Tapao air base 1967-68.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Ever read a book that made you feel as though ..., by Archie Parsons 

Ever read a book that made you feel as though it could have been you. Simple in text and straight forward in thought. Terms that only an ex military person would relate to. Honestly had a hard time putting the book down. Nothing seems to be built up to make things more dramatic than they really were. The truth was all that was needed and David penned that with all the skill needed to make one understand what 13 months can do to one for the rest of their life. David thank you for all your effort.

1.0 out of 5 stars, Poorly written, the writer jumps around so much that it is hard to follow., byJ. Washburn "jamesd" (southeast where it all began) (REAL NAME)

Not one of the better 'nam books

4.0 out of 5 stars, Four Stars, by Jesse E. Davis (Sierra Vista, Arizona) (REAL NAME)

Good deal on a good product.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Thanks, by john c blaylock jr  

You're story reminds me of my father's. Although he was in the army, I sometimes felt he was speaking to me. He often spoke of things they done in war that made me question his actions. His only response was that war makes you an animal once you witness it long enough. He & I never really got along. I feel that it was Vietnam that caused our differences. I joined the infantry in an attempt to maybe connect in a way, and maybe become the man I needed to be, due to his absence. I got injured in basic. I was offered a med discharge or change of MOS. He advised me to get out. I took his advice. Best I've ever received. As the years pass, I think about the stories he told me, watch war unfold on television & hurt so badly for the men & women returning with associated problems. My dad stayed in Vietnam mentally until his agent orange related death. I miss him, more importantly, I feel I got cheated out of a father. I'm a grown man & still question his actions. But reading books such as this one, I seem to understand more & more. Thank you for such an honest account of your time. I enjoyed your reflection at the end too. I thank you for your service in the military & to citizens for putting such difficult thoughts to paper.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Amazing, byKaenen McLarenon 

I've read countless memoirs from the Vietnam war and by far this one was the most eye opening to read. Mr. Mulldune doesn't sugar coat anything that happened and I think this is important so that the reader feels the emotions, almost as if they were there themselves. I highly recommend this book to anyway looking to get a perspective of the war from a soldier’s honest, upfront view on what happened in Vietnam.

Tom Wilson rated it 5 of 5 Stars

I can only hope that this review is good enough to do this great book justice. First off, the writing style of the author is second to none, he wrote this book in a way that the reader feels like they are experiencing first hand what the author Mr. Mulldune went through. I found myself experiencing the Vietnam war/conflict even though it happened before I was born. The book kept my attention throughout, as a person that never served in the military I really appreciated the beginning of the book which addressed Marine boot camp and what the author had experienced there. Anyone that has the will-power and strength to get through Marine boot camp certainly deserves respect in my opinion.

I personally feel that this book should read by all, especially by the younger generation. There is no better teacher than the past and if we ignore it, all the suffering and death were all for nothing. As you will learn in this book, war is inhumane and it makes the participants become inhumane. It is something that needs to be avoided. What the solution is to the world's problems is, I do not know, but this book should encourage society to try to find good solutions rather than sending the young off to a foreign land to be mutilated, tortured and/or killed, not to mention a life-time of emotional pain and guilt for the survivors. War is hell on Earth and we need to figure out a way around it.

Sensitive people may be shocked or disgusted by what is in this book. There are no filters and that is the way it should be. The truth is always best no matter how bad it may hurt. If we truly want to grow as a society we need to focus on the reality of things and not sugar-coat past events. Too many people bury their heads in the sand because the truth is too hard to look at, the thing is, how can we ever improve anything in this world by doing that? This book shows the reality of the cruel world and provides significant motivation to start making some changes for the better.

On another level, this book will leave you as a more grateful person. The things we typically take for granted are the greatest riches of the Earth, yet we fail to realize it because we don't know any different. This book gives you a viewpoint that you never want to experience beyond this book and you surely would not want your kids or grand-kids to ever experience what the author has experienced. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, one of the best historical books that I have ever read. This book is a teaching tool that can be used for generations.

Edward Ruberto rated it 5 of 5 stars, Great Book

You will get the real story of what really happened with no punches held back. A must read and highly recommended by this veteran who still remembers.

Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars, Marine Corps

Mulldune came into the Corps around the time I was getting out. I guess every Marine that arrives for duty after the last Marine has left is part of the "new breed". I thought this Marine's story to be rather griping at times. I liked the format of the recounting and certainly had no problems with understanding the voice of the narration.

I never served in Vietnam and my circumstances let me to get out of the Marine Corps as things began to heat up there. Much of action retold in this book matches much of the experience of people I've known. But no matter what, each person comes away from war in a way that is unique to themselves. Read the book and see why that is.

Adam Bradford rated it 5 of 5 stars

This book was one of the best war books I have ever read. It was given to me as a gift from a good friend and I was well pleased to have received it. I couldn't hardly stop reading it, because I felt like I was right there with the author as he described his tour in Vietnam so vividly.

The author keeps it real and to the point. It was an honor to have read such a book from a real life hero! God bless our Veterans such as author David Mulldune!

Cessterme,

It's disgusting and painful to read it, but impossible to stop.

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