Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf

Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf

Author Doug Beed relates his memories of the men and missions during his year (1968-69) as a combat soldier with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. After two years of college he couldn't afford to continue so he was forced to relinquish his student deferment and enter the draft. He tried various strategies to get a non-combat job; nevertheless he ended up in the infantry and was assigned to Vietnam.

The stories in this book depict the year Doug spent in Alpha Company where he spent days on patrols finding and killing North Vietnamese soldiers along the hundreds of miles of trails heading for the Saigon. These stories range from funny to tragic, from uplifting to extremely frustrating and from touching to horrifying. This book gives the reader a sense of life in the infantry in 1968 and 1969.

Title:Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf
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  • Randal White

    Beed has written a memoir of experiences that ten of thousands of young men in the late 60's lived through. Being drafted to fight in Vietnam, going there and doing his job, and returning to the U.S. ...

  • Sgt Maj

    And The Point is ?Don't do Nam, as a matter of fact, anything after as well. This book is an example of why don't read Nam and most everything that's Enduring Freedom n beyond always have to throw in ...

  • P.e. lolo

    This was a different take on some of the books about Vietnam that I have read. The author is describing his journey after two years of college and not having the money to go back gets drafted. He then...

  • jim bowen

    Draftee Infantry DefinedRarely mentioned is the fact that by 1967 onward Vietnam Grunt Infantry units were made up of 50% to 70% of Draftees! This book relentlessly describes these conscripts attitude...

  • Lee

    An interesting read, another memoir of a life damaged by America's involvement in this misguided effort. Beed is not a great writer, but his chapters come short and quick as a he, decades after leavin...

  • Nick Ueber

    A pretty good, basic book of what life in Viet Nam was like for a draftee serving in the infantry. Beed does not go to deeply into the actual combat stories that many similar books do so you don’t g...

  • Chris Bohl

    Trying to analyzeThe book is dry without either humor or rage . It is full of a general malaise and lack of passion. The author should stick to his PTSD treatment at the VA and when he discovers he is...

  • Keith W. Steward

    Draftees Are ExpendableShows what being drafted in the Army during Vietnam War was really like. Absolutely no consequences for Lifers who needlessly sacrificed young soldiers lives to further their ca...

  • Russ Baxley

    The author's disdain for "lifers" in the Army and brutal honesty about the stupidity of military decision making is spot-on accurate. Sgt Beed, I'm glad you made it home. Welcome back. -a fellow vet...

  • reburns

    Real memories of VietnamWritten in such a way that you actually feel a sense of being apart of the tour the author is remembering. G.l.s remember always. 71_72 Tour....