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In Our Duffel Bags by Richard C. Geschke and Robert A. Toto
posted at March 30, 2012 3:58 PM EDT
First: March 30, 2012
Last: March 31, 2012
This book was written for the most part by an old high school friend of mine from Cleveland, Ohio. I am reading it now and enjoying the style immensely. It is written in the form of an ongoing conversation. It discusses the controversy of the Viet Nam war and how it effected the day to day life of 2 junior army officers from 1969 until 1972. You can buy this on Amazon or from www.richardcgeschke.com
It also provides an inside view of the military on the training fields of the Cold War in West Germany.
I'm mostly interested in the Viet Nam part as my fiance at the time was there with the Air Force. We married upon his return in 1968 and that war really changed him mentally and physically. While he was over there, I was completing my education degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I student taught a Social Studies segment about the countries of North and South Viet Nam. About 4 or 5 years ago a young Viet Namese refugee came to me for lessons to improve her knitting skills and since then we have developed a mother-daughter relationship. She knows very little about the war, so I am passing this book along to her.
I like that the book is not so full of blood and gore as are most war books. The timeframe was a rough one for our nation and the armed services were not voluntary as they are today. The young men and women back then brought different perspectives to their fates. If you enjoy more down to earth type reading about a very crucial event in our history, I think you will also like this book.
Nancy Friesen--almost 65.