By Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez continually believed he might die in Vietnam. As transforming into up within the San Francisco zone within the early Sixties, "Nam used to be there, simply over the horizon, just like the far away thump of artillery. His father and uncles had served in international conflict II, one other uncle in Korea. a number of cousins had enlisted. At nineteen, Ramirez made up our minds to include the warfare. In 1968, the 12 months of the Tet offensive, Ramirez joined the U.S. marines. bloody excursions later, Ramirez survived, yet at huge price. two times wounded, undesirably discharged, and suffering from survivor's guilt, Ramirez surveys the toll of Vietnam on flesh and spirit during this desirable memoir. Ramirez tells his tale in a voice hardly heard from the struggle, that of a Chicano soldier. via tracing his roots, and exploring the cultural pressures and social demons that weighed on his kin and neighborhood, Ramirez deals an unflinching examine the autumn and redemption of 1 Mexican American veteran.
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I was totally taken by surprise it had happened so fast. Although I was scared, I vividly recall being impressed with Sergeant King's prowess, even at that very instant. He put his face right into mine, spraying me with his saliva as he yelled at me. He had pegged me right off as being cocky and told me so. He called me names and threatened to do everything within his power to break my will, destroy my confidence, and force me to conform or drive me out of his platoon and the Marine Corps. He was determined to take that smirk off my face, and for at least the next two weeks he did.
I am also very grateful to all my family who helped with their time, support, and love, in particular my wife, Linda, and my sister-in-law, Cathy, who both typed and typed, enduring my awful longhand for the last two years. A very special thank-you to my youngest brother, Paco, who has loved me and been my biggest fan in life no matter what I've done. I want also to thank all my friends who have helped me with my readjustment journey through the years, like David Heaston, Mark Sandman, Joanna Kranich, Joe Splane, Michele Shippen, Bob Shippen, Dan Scripture, Bob Gallagher, Joe Fernandez, Barry Jones, Woody Bookout, and many, many others who still cared.
I did feel love from her, but it was scarce and hard to hold on to. " In fact, her first three children Aurora, my mother; Tony; and Gloria were from different men. My mother never knew her father. He had left before she was born. My mother grew up believing that Rafael Chavez was her father and Angelita her mother. She became angry when she found out that Antonia was her mother. She blamed not Angelita but Antonia. She harbored resentment for Antonia for most of her adult life, to the point that she forbade my sisters, brothers, and me to recognize Antonia as our grandmother.
A Patriot After All: The Story of a Chicano Vietnam Vet by Juan Ramirez