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In this gritty memoir, Vietnam combat veteran Second Lieutenant William Lindsay presents an uncensored, straightforward, hard-hitting account of his experiences in the Marine Corps 7th Regiment during the Vietnam War, where he served as a rifle platoon commander.


Lindsay walks the reader through the danger, the heat, the emotions, and the fear that American soldiers felt as they navigated the perils of everyday life during this controversial war. All the men he served with were volunteers, nearly all inexperienced, and many not old enough to drink. His vivid memories of those difficult times bring alive the experiences of a Marine rifle platoon commander and those of the men he leads.


The author’s real life experiences dispel many myths and images of what these men were like, what they did, and how they behaved. This memoir gives readers the unvarnished truth about what it meant to be a Marine in Vietnam.

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