By Jr. Arthur Wiknik
Nam-Sense is the brilliantly written tale of a wrestle squad chief within the a hundred and first Airborne department. Arthur Wiknik used to be a 19-year-old child from New England whilst he used to be drafted into the U.S. military in 1968. After finishing quite a few NCO education courses, he used to be promoted to sergeant "without ever surroundings foot in a wrestle area" and despatched to Vietnam in early 1969. almost immediately after his arrival at the some distance part of the realm, Wiknik was once assigned to Camp Evans, a mixed-unit base camp close to the northern village of Phong Dien, simply thirty miles from Laos and North Vietnam. On his first jungle patrol, his squad killed a feminine Viet Cong who became out to were the neighborhood prostitute. It was once the 1st lifeless individual he had ever visible. Wiknik's account of lifestyles and demise in Vietnam comprises every thing from heavy strive against to faking madness to get a few R & R. He used to be the 1st guy in his unit to arrive the pinnacle of Hamburger Hill in the course of one of many final offensives introduced by means of U.S. forces, and later stumbled on a guns cache that avoided an assault on his increase hearth aid base. among the sporadic episodes of strive against he mingled with the locals, tricked unwitting U.S. providers into offering his platoon with a yr of tough to get meals, defied a solid and used to be punished with a deadly challenge, and struggled with himself and his fellow infantrymen because the anti-war flow started to have an effect on his skill to salary positive battle. Nam-Sense deals an ideal mixture of candor, sarcasm, and humor - and it spares not anything and nobody in its try to safely express what fairly transpired for the strive against soldier in this unpopular conflict. Nam-Sense isn't really approximately heroism or glory, psychological breakdowns, haunting flashbacks, or wallowing in self-pity. The GIs Wiknik lived and fought with in the course of his yearlong journey didn't rape, homicide, or burn villages, weren't strung out on medicinal drugs, and didn't take pleasure in killing. They have been there to do their responsibility as they have been educated, aid their comrades - and get domestic alive. "The infantrymen I knew," explains the writer, "demonstrated braveness, precept, kindness, and friendship, all of the components present in different wars americans have proudly fought in." Wiknik has produced a gripping and whole checklist of lifestyles and dying in Vietnam, and he has performed so with a method and aptitude few others will ever in attaining. Nam experience got Honorable point out within the 2010 army Writers Society of the USA
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Less than half a mile from Airborne we came upon five deserted NVA bunkers. A routine search turned up nothing, so we took a break. While sitting on a stump I noticed a camouflaged bunker previously passed over and decided to check it out. The entrance was jammed with fresh cut branches and there were several footprints nearby. I checked for booby traps before gingerly pulling each branch out of the entrance. When the opening was clear I eased my way inside. In the bunker were several long wooden boxes.
After humping in the A Shau for two months, the newspapers made us realize how isolated our assignment was. The battle for Hamburger Hill was front-page news. We were surprised and proud to have taken part in a victory that captured the attention of the entire nation. However, our spirits were quickly dashed when we read Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s charge that Hamburger Hill had no strategic value, calling the assault senseless and irresponsible. His assessment may have been correct, but we resented his taking away our hard-won victory.
We drank. Case after case of beer and several blocks of chopped ice were placed into a 55-gallon barrel. When the brew was cold, thirsty GIs dove into it like kids grabbing Halloween candy. We were surprised at how the beer stung our throats, unaccustomed to anything so cold, but we got used to it soon enough. The beer buzz was something we had not experienced for what seemed like a lifetime. Nearly everyone indulged except Freddie Shaw who tried to talk us out of drinking. “Where I come from, any beverage containing alcohol is known as ignorant oil,” he scolded us.
Nam-sense : surviving Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division by Jr. Arthur Wiknik