THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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5.0 out of 5 stars, An outstanding, well-written, raw account of the Vietnam War, Jim Hagberg

Have read a number of these 'no-strategic-analysis-to-it-it's-just-my-f-ing-story-about-my-f-ing-time-in-the-f-ing-Vietnam-War' books written by combat-veteran Marines or soldiers. Which in my opinion is precisely how the Vietnam story should be told & who it should be told by.

Paraphrasing the end of the thoughtful poem Gary Price wrote in late '68: "It's a large price (they) had to pay Not to live another day (They) had the guts to fight & die (They) paid the price! What did they buy?"

My Dad was a proud Marine to his dying day. Fought on Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, reserve force for Okinawa & occupational force in Nagasaki. He was a very godly man who had horrible nightmares to his last days.

The answer to the question "what did they buy?" is more clear for WW-II veterans than for Vietnam veterans.

The only answers coming to my mind are: projection of US power in a very flawed manner, perhaps leading to some strategic value somewhere & somehow (as in, "look what those crazy ---'s were willing to do in Vietnam, we better be careful around them"; and, "the Powell Doctrine". Quoting Wikipedia: "The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States: 1. Is a vital national security interest threatened? 2. Do we have a clear attainable objective? 3. Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed? 4. Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted? 5. Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement? 6. Have the consequences of our action been fully considered? 7. Is the action supported by the American people? 8. Do we have genuine broad international support? "As Powell said in an April 1, 2009 interview ... the Doctrine denotes the exhausting of all 'political, economic, and diplomatic means'; which, only if those means prove to be futile, should a nation resort to military force. Powell has expanded upon the Doctrine, asserting that when a nation is engaging in war, every resource and tool should be used to achieve decisive force against the enemy, minimizing US casualties and ending the conflict quickly by forcing the weaker force to capitulate.";

The fear of course is that the lessons may get "un-learned" & have to be "re-learned" by another generation.

I'm a 2-year Vietnam veteran but up & down the gun line from around DaNang to North of the DMZ - much less dangerous but proud of my service nonetheless. Really, an outstanding book - very well-done by David Mulldune. Deepest respect for his & his buddies' service & sacrifice & his writing talent.


5.0 out of 5 stars by Richard Arruda

As a Vietnam veteran I found it a great read. The author brought back memories in his descriptive words and phrases.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Great Great Book by Reader

This author really brings home the conditions of the average soldier. You get the feeling you are watching him, sort of like the Truman Show. I have read many Vietnam books but they mostly portray the exploits of special forces, so you take the brutality from that perspective. But to read what the ordinary Joe experienced woke me up. If you like war reads it doesn’t get much better.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Easy reading, by Warone's Kidd

This book is easy reading. It also a book. That will keep your attention until the end. VERY GOOD.. Excellent.

4.0 out of 5 stars, Real, tough, dudes, By Jennifer Farmer

Personally knowing one of the guys in this book, made it a truly intense book to read. My father was in Nam and this book made me begin to better understand what he experienced and dealt with....

Even though you don't want a "Thank You", Mr Mulldune, you and all the guys that served this great county certainly deserve one.....

 
5.0 out of 5 stars, Goodreads,  by  Michelle


Fabulous memoir from the viewpoint of a Marine who spent a significant amount of time in the bush.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Mailman, by Brian C. Timek "bctimek" (Killingworth, CT, US) (REAL NAME)  

Mail from the world (home) was as important to all military personnel in a combat environment. Your daily attitude could be as affected from a letter from home as much as an encounter with the NVA. Combat is confusion spurred on by fear and this book can make you feel this!


4.0 out of 5 stars, One person's first hand perspective of war, by Brett Out West "Brett Marshall" (Seattle)

I noticed that some former Marines (not sure what term is appropriate here but I know it's not ex-marine) found this book incredible and inconsistent with their own experiences, disgusting even. I have never been to war or even been in the armed services so I don't profess to know but it seemed like an honest account of this Marine’s service in Vietnam. Probably not the only book you want to read on the subject but I found it interesting and am glad that I took the time to read it.

I did feel like the book ended rather abruptly but I dare say that was what it was like for Mr. Mulldune when he got out of Vietnam as he was clearly ready to move on from this part of his life.

MY RESPONSE TO BRETT:

Brett, thank you for not only reading my book but also for taking the time to write a review. I would like to point out that all the Marines (and 1 Navy corpsman attached to the Marines) giving their reviews on Amazon have all given 4 or 5 star reviews and found it consistent with their experiences.

Also, the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA.org) said in a review by David Willson, "...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..." and in a review by the Military Writers Society of America it said in a review by Bob Fluornoy, "...it is what it is, and it is all true. Mr. Mulldune has absolutely told it like it was..."

Again, thank you for your review. David W. Mulldune


5.0 out of 5 stars, by Mel

For years I wondered what Vietnam must have been really like. My father-in-law fought in Vietnam but never spoke of his experiences. I need not wonder anymore. Mr. Mulldune's account of his experiences is spell-binding. A must read for all.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Very Honest, by L. Winklepleck

A very honest, bold and interesting personal account. Strong language, but not surprising. A very emotional story. I only try to read true accounts of the Vietnam war. Thank you for your service and sharing you tour experiences. I really enjoyed the epilogue and personal history.


5.0 out of 5 stars, A fascinating look into raw war details, by Brad Hettervik (USA) (Real Name)

This book was very hard to put down. If you're wanting to hear a gripping, first person, narrative of a Marine in Vietnam then this book is for you. David describes the sometimes callous nature of war and how being at the wrong place at the wrong time by inches can get you killed. This is a book written by a Marine that doesn't promote a political agenda but rather gives you a raw view of war in Vietnam. Highly recommended!


5.0 out of 5 stars, Great read, by Glen Malmquist

This is probably one of the most true accounts of soldiers in Vietnam that I have ever read, and I have read a lot of them.


3.0 of 5 stars, by Nick

An interesting book. This was much different from the other Vietnam books I have read. It was much more visceral and showed the true face of what went on in the war. I did find the juxtaposition of the author repeatedly saying how he wanted to kill Vietnamese, and mortaring a hooch without any qualms then raging back at the people back home who claimed they were murderers quite interesting.

On the other hand the author freely admits that he may not have been the most stable frame of mind and the fear that came with that revelation. Well worth a read if only to see what Marines went through.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Loved, loved, loved this book! by Kim Kirkpatrick

Let me start by saying I love Gary Price and had the extreme pleasure of reading it with him. It made me understand so much of what he went through. In some parts, his head in my lap, I watched all the emotions in his face. I watched this wonderful man laugh with happiness and ready to explode from anger rekindled, cry for the lost, and the might have beens. I learned the undying unity that these brother Marines share. I hear him talk on the phone to several of the guys in the book, which always end with, “I love you brother!” They loved and fought! Started off as boys and came out the best men ever!  


5.0 out of 5 stars ~ A riveting, 'rude awakening' ~ The reality of war ~ by GJ Jorgensen


Being a 'baby boomer' myself and having known several friends who served in the senseless Vietnam war -- (including my husband, who still suffers effects of his time there 47 years ago) -- 'some of whom did not come home & others who lost limbs -- I was eager to read David Mulldune's firsthand account of how it really was to be there. The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir)

I was immediately gripped by Mr. Mulldune's youth & candor, his emotions & honesty. I felt like I was an invisible piece of him -- feeling his frustration & fear, his arrogance & attitude; his pounding & broken heart. I wanted to rescue him from that horrific, unspeakable experience. I cried & wondered how he managed to come away from such a hell with any resemblance of sanity!

I was sickened & sad at the hate & inhumanity of war; the despicable, atrocious actions of boys without options -- forced into a manhood that had no moral code beyond temporary fellowship.

"The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir)" will definitely educate you to the unseen & unbelievable realities of war. It will hit you like a rock! I dare to say that after reading this prolific account of the real Vietnam, you will never be "quite the same"...... Glenda Joy Johnston-Jorgensen


5.0 out of 5 stars, Very good, by Patrick 

Good honest writing of a full on 13 month tour with a lot in the bush, a direct writing style but written so well I found it hard to put down. Recommended for anyone keen to see an honest view from a normal down and dirty guy.

4.0 out of 5 stars, I enjoyed it, by Cawky "Cawky" (Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, Great Britain.)

The author takes you on the journey of his 2-year draft. Including, through his Marine training and a year or so, over in "Nam.” It's a good book, and for the price, you really can't go wrong.

5.0 out of 5 stars, A must read for all Vietnam fans, by Amazon Customer (Kent, UK)

A very good read. I liked his writing style. A No frills account of his tour. Shocking at times but it kept me coming back for more. Thank you.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Brutal and honest, by J. Jones  (Huddersfield) 

This is a must for anyone who enjoyed the films Full Metal Jacket or Platoon. The action, written personally, directly and pulling no punches, is reminiscent of both films. The writer also articulates clearly how the process of being a combatant in war changed him forever and how returning to The World was hard even though it was all he had wanted for 13 months. Outstanding book.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Frontline view of war...war is hell, by S. McDowell (Greenville, SC United States) (REAL NAME)  

I agree with Mulldune. If every politician had to serve on the front lines during a war there would be a lot less of them. This book is straight up. There is no beating around the bush in it's description of the life and times of being a grunt on the front lines in Vietnam. It's funny at times, especially during the down times between absolute fear and oh hum boredom. That's the way of life in the combat arms at war.


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