Having flunked out of college in the fall of 1965, the author enlisted in the U.S Army After basic training he was assigned to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, an institution dedicated to the manufacture of the commodity the wartime army most quickly expends rifle platoon leaders In June of 1968, he found himself leading a rifle platoon in D Company 2 5th, First Cavalry Division Quang Tri Cadence draws upon the original maps used in Vietnam and upon the battalion radio logs which were recently declassified at the time of writing Life in a rifle platoon is presented at the boot level with all its grit, bewilderment, fatigue and fear This book is not about what the pentagon is pleased to call violence processing this book is about ordinary events in strange places it is about being in the field and coming home The author s experiences at Kent State University during the shootings in May of 1970 are also recounted....
|Title||:||Quang Tri Cadence: Memoir of a Rifle Platoon Leader in the Mountains of Vietnam|
|Publisher||:||McFarland Reprint edition February 28, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||220 pages|
|File Size||:||571 KB|
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Quang Tri Cadence: Memoir of a Rifle Platoon Leader in the Mountains of Vietnam Reviews
As Dr. Oplinger's book was out of print at the time, I read it from borrowed photo copies, one page at a time. This book should not be labeled "a war memoir," or "a Vietnam book." It transcends the genre by revealing who we are as human beings in the post World War II era, perhaps who we are as human beings period. As Annie Dillard's pulitzer-prize-winning "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" sought to illuminate the human condition by her impressive and objective study of nature, Oplinger--an equally talented observer--reveals the nature of us by closely watching himself and his platoon. Under the triple stress of an unpopular war, battlefield fatigue, and painful wounds, not to mention the weight of life and death responsibility on the tender shoulders of a 22-year-old Lieutenant, we see bits ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses, our humor, and our tragedy. I'm sure that Oplinger didn't set out to write "a great book about the human condition." I think he did intend to write "a war memoir," though one more objective than the big basket of Vietnam books that could be subtitled: "Hey, it was worse than you thought." But Oplinger just simply, and masterfully, wrote what he saw. And by doing so he gave us something deeper and more lasting than a "war memoir." This is an important contribution to what we fondly call "our American letters."
Having been in the area (70-71) was a good read. Quang Tri Provence was beautiful but dangerous! Dewey canyon 2 offensive survivor. Thanks God!
This book is not festooned with explosions and gory combat detail, which, from my easy chair, I was shopping for. It does have realism, feeling and perspective. This guy reminds me of my soberest, most reliable friends. The guys who show up when needed, tend towards modesty, and have vast reserves of common sense. He is pretty brave, pretty strong, pretty humble and plenty smart. His book is an anchor to sanity.
Very good book