In April 1968, we were a country at war with ourselves and increasingly with a small country halfway around the world: Vietnam. I don’t recall ever thinking about Vietnam when I started college in 1963. By 1968, it was all any of us could think about. This memoir was written for my grandchildren, but it will give anyone some sense of what it was like to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam. The job I had gave me an excellent overview of how the gears of the war machine meshed together. I have tried to convey this as best I can.
This is a memoir with a point of view. War is not a good thing, and the things it does to its warriors are especially bad. In these times when we seem to be constantly marching off to yet another war in yet another faraway place, the lessons learned (and forgotten) from Vietnam are more important than ever.
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About the Author
G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Viet Nam in the 1st Infantry Division. After he got out, he worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hot line listener, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in Frederick, MD. He has been married nearly 40 years and has two children and four grandchildren.