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Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968-1969 By Phil Ball,

  • Title: Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968-1969
  • Author: Phil Ball
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp At the time, he would have done anything to escape only upon reflection years later did he realize that the self confidence instilled in him by his drill instructors had probably saved his life in Vietnam A few months after boot camp, PThe author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp At the time, he would have done anything to escape only upon reflection years later did he realize that the self confidence instilled in him by his drill instructors had probably saved his life in Vietnam A few months after boot camp, Private Ball was shipped out to Vietnam, joining F Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, near Khe Sanh As a grunt, in the vernacular of the Corps, Ball, like the other youths of F Company, did a difficult and deadly job in such places as the A Shau Valley, Leatherneck Square, the DMZ and other obscure but critical I Corps locales His their fear of death mingled with homesickness Little did they realize that the horrors of the Vietnam War horrors that while in country they often claimed did not even exist would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
    Ghosts and Shadows A Marine in Vietnam The author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp At the time he would have done anything to escape only upon ref

    One thought on “Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968-1969”

    1. Well worth reading the whole storyInitially I found this a hard book to read After reading on this subject I read this again and I am glad i did This is an excellent look at what happened, from the perspective of a young man Suddenly placed into an environment, that made no real sense, and the effect it had on him Very glad you wrote this

    2. Great ReadThe Vietnam Veterans were treated so unfairly when they returned home from war, I have always been disappointed in our country for this Mr Ball is living proof how hard war can be on soldiers in the front lines and how little help the VA offers them God Bless all veterans who served

    3. A marine s story of his time in Vietnam.Very personal, very insightful, and very honest book about his time in Vietnam He tells it like it is and holds nothing back He made his share of mistakes and paid dearly for it He wrote a rough book, about a rough time, as a grunt and this in and of itself is meaningful I recommend this book, welcome home marine.

    4. A good primer on the basic marine in the Vietnam war It was a good read but a little hard to get into at first.

    5. I very solid memoirs of a young Americans Marines experience of the Vietnam world It has all you expect from such a book and a little bit that raises it above the crowd.What I liked about this book was how the author manages to give you a feeling of how he experienced the war as a young man whilst balancing it with some very insightful reflections from his older self It is a tale that has been told many times over but Phil Bail s telling of his version is both a thrilling and haunting read that [...]

    6. A Story of FatigueReally a story of young man caught up in the worst of the war in Viet Nam His story is one of how much mental pain he encountered which in many cases was of his own making Going on RR and turning it into being AWOL shows a level of lack of maturity and the ability to conform to military discipline I do not feel sorry for him but understand how he does No Semper Fi here

    7. Very well written and executed by the author.Much action, seems to have been well thought out and information gathered before writing.How does one remember all of that without keeping a diary

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