From the streets of America, youths were drafted and sent to war in Vietnam. Inner city youths and farm boys were thrown into a master plan only the American Military could have created. Never having driven a car, John Montgomery became a mechanic. Greg Foster became a Combat Medic. They trained and lived during interesting times. They witnessed the American response to poverty and civil rights, assassins, corrupt politicians, and other maladies of the American condition. Youth In Asia follows the personal growth of its characters through illusions and disillusionment, through love and hate, and shows how the experience of Vietnam left its mark, often hidden just below the surface in many fine Americans who will never forget how it happened.
About the Author
Drafted in 1966, George Baggett served in Vietnam in 1969. He briefly worked at the 12th Evac Hospital in Cu Chi, and then spent the remainder of his tour at Third Field Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and works as an environmental consultant.
Kept me interested – This book taught me more about Vietnam and what it must have been like for my parents growing up during that time. It was also good insight into how history repeats itself with each generation. There were some touching moments and some tense ones. All in all a good read with lessons to be learned.
Readers will find an interesting story set in history, discussing issues relevant today and for soldiers returning from a preemptive war in Iraq. Déjà vu – our leaders use similar language; poor kids still fight our wars; society is polarized; and returning veterans face a society relatively unaffected by war. While others have told stories about the Vietnam experience, few have told how Vietnam veterans developed understanding of world complexities and dealt with disillusionment, loss of innocence, and then quietly arose to responsibility and respectability. In all groups there are extremists and troubled individuals, but most Vietnam veterans live normal and challenging lives, and possess experience and wisdom that appears to be sorely needed at this moment in history.
This is a must read for any Saigon Kids who returned to Viet-nam in the military … and for all Viet-nam Veterans.
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