THE MAILMAN WENT UA (A VIETNAM MEMOIR)

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4.0 out of 5 stars, A good Vietnam story, by Susan A. Verdier 

I was a freshman in high school when the "advisors" were sent to Vietnam, so I lived with the TV reports day in and day out. It broke my heart then, and still makes me furious today. Almost a whole generation of men around my age gone. I thank each and every VN vet for their sacrifice and service. As the years have gone by, the boys that fought in Vietnam get younger and younger as I get older. I am sure that these Vietnam books are cathartic for many of the soldiers. I enjoyed this one very much...everyone's story is different, yet the same. I am trying to read as many VN stories as I can, to get as much information as possible. This one is definitely worth reading.


1.0 out of 5 stars, are you kidding me?
, by Durwood L. Trammell

Either this guy was never in Vietnam and this is a total fabrication or he was in the worst, most undisciplined unit the Marine Corps has ever seen and he only made up about 80 percent of this book. Am a retired Army Sergeant Major, was in Vietnam during the same timeframe. The war was horrible and there were atrocities, but according to this Marine, they were a daily occurrence in his unit, both against his superiors and the enemy and Vietnamese civilians. Surely there has never been a Marine unit with such a lack of leadership, both NCO and Officer. This book has to be 80 percent BULLS***!!!!!!!!!

MY RESPONSE TO DURWOOD L. TRAMMELL:

Durwood, what was your MOS in Vietnam? I have a gut feeling that you were a non-combat personnel and that you don't have a clue or you are a part of the military and former military who wears their (your) service on their (your) sleeves and want to perpetuate the myth that war is "honorable" so that they (you) can pat themselves (you) on the back or both?

You were in Vietnam during the same time frame as I was? Have you not heard of the My Lai Massacre (A well disciplined Army unit) or is that a fabrication as well? Or maybe an isolated incident? Or maybe it is 80% BULLS***?

I have my Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/3B*, Vietnam Service Medal w/4B*, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, (Gallantry Cross Medal Color w/Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal, 1st Class Color w/Palm), Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Device and the National Defense Service Medal. Imagine what we could have done if we were disciplined. I wasn't in the Marines long enough to get my Good Conduct Medal...maybe you have yours. 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. 

David W. Mulldune

JACK FLYNN'S RESPONSE TO DURWOOD L. TRAMMELL:

Eh. . . is that Durwood the III ? Jealousy runs deep. Into your heart it has creeped. Did you ever read Catch 22? How did you like the discipline exhibited in those pages?

J.C. WILLIS' RESPONSE TO DURWOOD L. TRAMMELL:

Don't let those guys get to you, David. For some reason those old gunnys won't believe we didn't win the war and they'll curse whoever says otherwise. Most likely they never left the perimeter for their entire tour. I was reading the reviews and this one convinced me to buy it. lol.

BTW, I served with C-1-20 (of My Lai infamy) as an RTO and I afraid we weren't too "disciplined". The brass used us to terrorize the locals all through '68, even more after the massacre gave us such a rep. The massacre itself was done on orders at least from the brigade level, as the brigade commander, Oran K Henderson attended the briefing where orders were given to "kill every living thing, poison every well and burn every hooch." He was later made commandant at West Point.

I'm really looking forward to the book. Thanks for telling your story.

MY RESPONSE TO J.C. WILLIS:

J.C., thanks for the back up. It doesn't surprise me about Oran Henderson and it never ceases to amaze me at the number of individuals, like Durwood, who speak from total ignorance of something that they have no first hand knowledge. They give their declarations but provide little to no support or experience from which they make their sweeping accusations. And he was a Sergeant Major? He did the Army a favor and retired. Thank you, again my veteran brother. David W. Mulldune


5.0 out of 5 stars, Wow. This is real. by Leland "bj1000"

I've read lots and lots of books on Nam. This has got to be one of the best books out there.

I did 2 tours with a 0311 MOS. With 1 year left on 4, I volunteered to return. E-4, squad leader, S-2 Intell, PH. (Kilo, 3/9 and Echo, 2/3 -- Edward Murphy's ''The Hill Fights -- The First Battle of Khe Sanh. http://www.amazon.com/The-Hill-Fights-First-Battle/dp/0891418490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363404230&sr=8-1&keywords=hill+fights)

Something struck me about a Marine mentioned in the book who was assigned to cook. That would have killed me. I went to Nam to fight and nothing else. This book is a must read for anyone wanting the down and dirty version of that worthless war. And I'm only half way through. Gritty, foul language, rage, vengeance, kill them all attitude. That's what I saw. And know that's what other Marine's saw. I'll provide an update when I finish the book.

As for the doggie Sgt. Major Trammell -- get a life. YOU have no idea what the bush was like and that's evident by your comment. Maybe you were a REMF and regret it now. I doubt you were in I Corps where the Marines fought. You would know the truth written here.

You served with honor, Mulldune. Semper Fi, Marine.

Update: Finished the book. Started getting goose bumps at the last chapter and Epilogue. Why are some people taken, and some not? And for those who live, why?

I was hoping for a personal update and something that says this Marine survived reentry into the World. Think he said enough by stating that he was ''OK.'' Thanks for that. Semper Fi.

3.0 out of 5 stars, Good Story, by George Strampher (Pacific Northwest, USA)

The author gets more into everyday life details, and Army life in general. A good book for anyone curious about the Vietnam War.

MY RESPONSE TO GEORGE STRAMPHER:

George, thank you for taking the time to read my book and for your review. I would like to make a minor correction, however. In your review you say, "...and Army life in general..." It should say, "...and MARINE life in general..." I was in the Marines and not the Army. David W. Mulldune


5.0 out of 5 stars, The Mailman Went UA, by Shaon

This was a 5 star read for me. From the moment I started reading I had a difficult time putting my E-reader down. War or conflict is never popular or wanted but I've always felt the Veterans of the Vietnam Era received less respect than all the others. If I could encourage you to read this I hope you will have a new found respect for the ones that were there and what they endured.

David THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice. THANK YOU for being the brave despite the fear. THANK YOU for being strong enough to relive the awful things you lived through to share with us. THANK YOU for fighting and not giving up. THANK YOU a Hero and United States Marine. WELCOME HOME!~ Sharon, Orange Park, Florida

3.0 out of 5 stars, A combat soldiers memoir, by Capt. Bob (Rio Vista, CA)

This book represents an average soldiers Vietnam experience albeit one who saw a bit more combat than some. The tedious nature of one's 365 days in-country is revealed and the capricious nature of our military activities is revealed from the soldier at the tip of the spear. Having known many combat veterans of this war, I found this book very much a tale of typical experiences.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Maybe not, by J. Mankowski (Portland, Oregon)
 

Well for two bucks I went ahead and bought this book. Given I have lived the Vietnam combat vet ever so briefly there are moments when I want to hear another Marine’s story. But maybe not. Why would I consciously want to be reminded of that brief yet ugly period of my past? We'll see I guess. I just don’t know.


5.0 out of 5 stars, by Roger Olson, Editor

The description of a troubled teen and the description of the secret, savage boot camp training were very vivid. I think you captured the desperation of a young man who was losing his way, and you presented both the hickory stick toughness of the training and gradual emergence of your appreciation for the drill instructors.

I’ve seen countless coming-of-age films, for example, and your book is right there with the best of them in presenting that feeling of wanting to belong and not quite knowing how. I’ve also seen many films about military training, and not one of them gives a view as starkly truthful as yours.


4.0 out of 5 stars, good reading, by Robert Stuverud (Seattle, Washington USA)

Real life writing. The language was pretty coarse but that's real life in those circumstances. The price was right for what I got.


5.0 out of 5 stars, A Different Perspective, by Ron Linsmeyer 

This is the first war book I've read where the author attempts to tell the story from the mindset he had as he was going through the experience. While it may be "rough" at times, the honesty made it a compelling read.


4.0 out of 5 stars, The Mailman Went UA, by Steve P

I have read a good number of books from men who served during the war. This one was not as bloody due to the author’s job while stationed in Viet Nam. Not to say he wasn’t in harms way, he just wasn’t in a line company beating down the bushes. That is what made this interesting for me, since it was from a different perspective.

MY RESPONSE TO STEVE P:

Steve, thank you for taking the time to read and review my book, however, I'm not sure that you are reviewing the right book. I have my Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/3B*, Vietnam Service Medal w/4B*, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color w/Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal, 1st Class Color w/Palm), Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Device and the National Defense Service Medal. If you will take another look you can see that my book was bloody (unfortunately). I was in a line company both as a "regular" grunt and as a section leader in weapons platoon "beating down the bushes" both with India 3/27th Marines and Mike 3/7th Marines and our TAOR's (Tactical Area of Responsibility) were Free Fire Zones.


4.0 out of 5 stars, Good read written in everyday street language, by Mike Mike "MikeMike"(USA)

I was what the author calls an Army pogue in Vietnam. His telling of a Marine’s experiences have some similarities to my own. But he also tells of many things thankfully I never had to experience.

Good read for anyone wanting to get a feel for what a combat Marine in Vietnam went through. Though anyone who was not there, can only imagine.


5.0 out of 5 stars, Well Done, by Yorktown Sailor

A well-written book about how it really was over there. My dad was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam about the same time frame. He doesn't talk about his time there, even though it was almost 50 years ago. I only served for 22 years before being retired with disability. Both of my brothers are still serving and have over 20 years each.

5.0 out of 5 stars, Raw and real, by K. Sedar (REAL NAME) 

Excellent read, though not for the faint of heart. The way it was written was raw and nothing was held back - he tells it like it was and doesn't sugar coat anything and I appreciate this style of writing.

5.0 out of 5 stars, great book, by Harold M.

Having been there, my only issue with this book was his view of the Army vets. He never mentions the fact the US Army are the ones who had to bail them out a lot and the fact we had more MIA's and KIA's than the jarheads. Other than that it was good.


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