by Renee Daniels King, ACS
My Dad wrote a very controversial book about his experiences as a soldier, foreign service officer and Tech-Rep in Viet Nam … Undaunted by my Mother’s angst, that the Army might take away his retirement or send him to prison for treason, and numerous literary rejection letters … he published it on his own in 1968.
These pictures inside the front cover convey the diversity of my father’s work in Viet Nam from 1957-1966.
He would be so proud to have his story told on this website featuring other people who had the opportunity to live is this beautiful country before the war.
My Dad loved the Vietnamese people, their culture and their country. We had always intended to return to Viet Nam, but we never made the trip. He died 4 years ago at the age of 91. He served in the Army in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.
He was active all of his life. He played tennis and was a pro bass fisherman. He wrote 3 books and was writing a 4th when he died. He built our family home in Tennessee modeled after a doll house I received for Christmas when I was 5. I asked him if he would build me a real house like it some day. He answered yes and kept his promise 10 years later. And, he built an adobe house in the Texas desert when he was in his 80’s.
Maybe the pictures will jar your memory Sandy.
Sandy what was your Dad’s name?.
My Dad’s name was Orel. But most people just called him Dan.
UPDATE March 20, 2013: Because of Copyright issues the book can’t be converted to an eBook at this time. I’m in the process of making the few remaining print copies available to Saigon Kids. I’ll let you know when they are ready for distribution. – Renee.
The book is out of print. I’ve sent a copy to Bob to make into an eBook that will be available to those who would like to read it. When the eBook becomes available, we’ll let you know here on the blog.