THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars , OUTF***INGSTANDING!, by Gary Price

This is one kickass book! If you don't have the stomach for the reality of war then this isn't for you but if you really want to know what war is like then go no further. There is absolutely nothing out there that tells it like this book does. I know that this isn't any bulls*** because I was in Vietnam with David. I am the Gary Price in The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir).


Email from Loyd Little, former Green Beret and author of the award-winning Parthian Shot. 
 
The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir) should be required reading of every student and every graduate of the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico. No, wait, it should be required reading of every Marine. Keep a grip on your safety belt while you read this one.

 
5.0 out of 5 stars, OUTSTANDING, by B. Hettervik 

As I read this book, I had flashbacks to that era and could not believe what the military had to go through. I was sitting at home worrying about who I would go to the prom with and our military was fighting for their lives. The sad part was that they were fighting for ours also and we didn't even know it. Unfortunately, that war was a very political war but the military's service to our country kept our freedoms intact.

David gives a first hand account of Vietnam and made me feel as if I were there. Even though I knew he would return home (obviously he did or he wouldn't have written the book) I was still on the edge of my seat anxious for him to return to his home safely. I am not into war stories but I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a first hand account of what went on in Vietnam and in our military. It is a gripping story and will keep your interest all the way through the book.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Glad I read it!, by CV

I was a medic in the Army and the language David used I heard not only from the field units but from the medical personnel as well. That was just everyday stuff. I also would hear some horrific and brutal stories from some of the infantry soldiers who had served in Vietnam so I found David’s story consistent.

David lets you know right from the beginning of his book in the introduction where he says, “Some readers will be upset by the use of racial references, some will be upset by the vulgar language, some by the stark brutality, some by the sexual references” so I don’t understand some of the reviewers objections to these things.  It is war; of course, it is all of these things and more. The very word “war” should offend our sensibilities. If you don’t want to know what it was really like without being politically correct then don’t read past the intro. Easy enough.


3.0 out of 5 stars, Decent read, by Patrick Botz

I've read a lot of these books lately. This one is as raw as any. The last few chapters are a bit disappointing. They consist of paragraphs describing different incidents with no indication of time, place or relationship to the previous incident. It feels almost as if he author tired of writing the book. Even with the lapse in the final chapters, though, I still found the book compelling for its utter rawness. I suspect the feelings it evokes are probably closer to what it must have been like than many other Vietnam memoirs. 


5.0 out of 5 stars, Finally, the inside Vietnam story, by C. Dixon


I was lucky. I missed Vietnam by just a couple of years, and missed the draft. However, I have family members that served and I have often wondered why they are so emotionally damaged from the experience. Now I know why. Yes, I watched "Hamburger Hill", "Platoon", and "Full Metal Jacket", and foolishly believed I had a pretty good idea about the horrors of American warfare, until I read this book. This book is a must read for every young man or woman in the world who doesn't understand or thinks they understand the cost of war. In fact, this book is a must read for every old man and woman who is asking their young people to sacrifice their lives for their country.

It will be a long time before I can pick up this book and read it again. I had no idea that our American conflicts were this inhumane and I'm terribly afraid this book is being played out today in Iraq and Afghanistan. When I see the atrocities that took place 40 years ago in Southeast Asia and I see the denial of even photographs to the public of our dead American soldiers, I feel it's my and every person's obligation to read and learn about what is happening to their fallen.

The Author of this book made it home, after reading this book, I'm not sure I have.


5.0 out of 5 stars, BTDT, by Raymond D. Godeke

Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt Brings back memories, some good, some not so good. Well written.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Good review of groundpounder's effort in Vietnam. by TucsonRich "Tucsonrich (Tucson, AZ)

Disclosure: I was in (Marines) and out before Vietnam warmed up. Cold-war warrior.

Mulldune's book rings pretty true from my point-of-view. However, for some reason he skips over some episodes in the bush where other Nam first-person books go into detail there.

Still all in all, Mulldune writes it as Marines do it.

4.0 out of 5 stars, Realistic if overly vulgar, by William W. Gaffin (Wayne, IL United States) (REAL NAME)  

I know some people will question some the escapades in this book but I know from experience such things did happen in Vietnam. I realize the author is not a professional writer and the style is somewhat sporadic, however, so was the Vietnam experience.

Overall, I was not wanting the book to end and it was well worth my time.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Great book, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Really enjoyed this book one of the best books I have read in a long time. It really gave a personal view of the Vietnam war horrors from a true grunts view.


5.0 out of 5 stars, A great Vietnam Memoir, by C. Childs

My first thought after reading this book, The Mailman Went UA, was the horror these brave young men had to endure in an atmosphere that left much to be desired in the way this war was run. There was no mercy shown to what our young men had to go through. I just can't imagine or begin to understand how they did. David Mulldune  showed great valor and inner strength. He demonstrated strong convictions, and fortitude...it amazes me how he or any of his comrades could under such dire conditions.

I highly recommend this book to all people, and especially our young brave military men. I suggest that our political leaders, and those who starts wars read it as well then take heed. I intend to read it more than once: each time getting a better view and hopefully understand war more. A must read.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Awesome book, by Michael Sciarini 

Real good account of a Marine in Vietnam. Probably the best first hand account I have ever read. Highly recommend this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars, The Real Deal!!!, by Cam42150  


As someone who is female and 1 year younger than the author, David, I must say that this book revealed it all to me, a person who had no comprehension about what these very young men went through. Someone I dated briefly in High School, and went to the prom with, died in Vietnam, and I have only recently come to terms with my guilt over what I could have done to make his life better before he left this world at age 20. Reading the book at age 63, brings me back to a time that I remember well. It was a bad time in American history, with many assassinations, race riots, war protests here, along with the news stations rolling the names of the boys killed in Vietnam, every night at 6:00pm. For me, I was 18 in 1968, and all I selfishly cared about was me, me, and me!!! In another words, I was so unaffected by this war, and could never in my wildest dreams imagine what these men fighting had to endure in a Hell hole called Vietnam. Not to mention, that there was no reason to fight for anything there, and the South Vietnamese were totally useless and never supported our troops in the first place!!!!! That was something they never reported on the 6:00 news!!! Previous to this book, I read an account by a Green Beret who served, and I learned something from his experiences and cried my way through it. David Mulldune's book has me crying also, but I will get through it. As for people complaining about his language, well that's what makes the book so real for me. This is how young men would talk when they were with each other, and rather than finding it offensive, it only adds to the authenticity of the book. What I have also learned after reading the book is why other vets I have known in my life have been so reluctant to talk about Vietnam with me. The fact that they came back with any sanity at all is really amazing. If you want to be made to feel you are there with this young man, and see what he went though on a daily basis, then read it. Every American should read this book, especially the baby boomers among us who so blissfully went through this time with a minimum of discomfort in our lives.

 
4.0 out of 5 stars, Postman Never Rings, by Frank Lee "Pasha" (Aliso Viejo, CA USA) (REAL NAME)

I give this book a strong "Like" because I understand how lonely it can be when no mail is received. For a grunt it seems like the letter is the most tangible lifeline to the world as he knew it. He can read the laughter of the written words, connect with his parents, wife, girlfriend. He reads the letter not once but often at every rest stop along the combat trail, savoring every last word until darkness clothes the night.

Great book. Would recommend this to anyone interested in grunt living.

Delta, 1/9, Lima, 3/5
USMC RVN '67


5.0 out of 5 stars, Wow, what an amazing story that is told without fluff, by Sharon

It is told by the author what it was really like to be in the jungles of Vietnam just doing his duty and trying to make it home alive. Sadly not all was able to make it out and return home as they left. Author, paints a real and realistic view regarding this “conflict.”

The story leaves you feeling an enormous amount of emotions. Sometimes sad, sometimes it makes you down right mad. To everyone that has served past and present, I thank you all. Sadly, many didn't make it home. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

I highly recommend that anyone who is considering this book to GET IT! Thank you David Mulldune for sharing a painful part of your life that will always be in the history books. God Bless you Marine. Semper Fi and most important WELCOME HOME SIR!


5.0 out of 5 stars, Double Ganner, by Low Crawl

Great story, similar to my experience in country, but army slant to it. I found the 1st half as pertinent, skip psych, and do the last for sure.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Warts and all, by Robert H. Jenney

It is "warts and all" as advertised. I hope his wife never reads this. Mine would slap me just for thinking some of the things he did on leave but then hug me for what he did in the field. Glad he made it home.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Loved it, by Bill Smith

Great story. It moved along so fast couldn't put it down. Thanks for sharing your story. I recommend it very much.


3.0 out of 5 stars, Pretty Good, by Jason (Concord, North Carolina United States)

It is apparent the author held nothing back in writing about his time as a young Marine enlisted man in Vietnam. He seems to tell it all. Even the things he did that are shocking to readers in modern-day, comfortable, sheltered, middle-class America. The author doesn't brag about these things though as at the end of the book he expresses regret about those harsh and sometimes cruel things he did while serving as a young teen-aged Marine in a combat zone.

The book is priced very economically, and it is very good if you want to learn about what it was like to be a young US Marine in I Corps during the Vietnam War. Kudos to the author for letting it all flow from his pen, warts and all.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Captivating, by Connie Ingraham

A well-written memoir that puts your mind there! If you enjoy REAL accounts of Vietnam than this is the book for you. Very well done.


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