That Close: a memory of combat in Vietnam

That Close: a memory of combat in Vietnam

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“That Close” is the memory of the experiences that surrounded Private Robert Driskill’s combat tour in Vietnam from April to December of 1969. The memoir tells his story starting from the ambivalence he had about being drafted through the firefights and wounds he experienced in Vietnam to the estrangement he felt as he walked out of Walter Reed hospital into a civilian world not very interested in a faraway war. It also tells a tale of the commonplace courage of the twenty-year-old infantrymen of Charley Company, 5th of the 12th, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, and of the cowardice and character flaws of a Lieutenant more interested in his own glory and advancement than the well-being of his platoon. The good, the bad, and the ugly of a country and an army fighting a distant war for unclear purposes are all on display in this account focused on nine months of war in 1969.

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  • Jack

    Powerful storyDriskill does a great job of describing his combat experience. It’s a hard story to tell. Bravery, comradely and tragedy. Good people and bad people. I’m amazed that anyone can live ...

  • Pat Appel

    It was oKI never wrote a book but I guess when you are writing to the general public you have to explain every thing in minute detail. Most civilians don't understand the terminology. The book was oK....

  • Russell Cornwell

    A Gritty And Honest Book.The author does a good job in telling about his war. He doesn't glorify it and is brutally honest. From high school to college to basic training to Vietnam and to Walter Reed ...

  • Michael hostetter

    Very good book!This book was written very well and gave a lot if insight into what Vietnam combat veterans went through during their tours of duty as well as what they experienced through out the year...

  • Warren Osborne

    Enlightening readI enjoyed the entire scope of the book, from bootcamp to later life ramifications of his time in Nam. His relating of the effects on his peers from Nam in later life....

  • Steve A.

    Enjoyed reading your book depicting a realistic view of the day to day activities of a draftee. I do believe we went through basic trading in Fort Bragg together. Thanks for the memories.Steve Brock...

  • Mj

    Thoughtful book, well writtenI liked this guy’s style. He is not dramatic and keeps a good perspective. This is an honest account of a tough time....

  • William B.

    The Truth of CombatThis is a vividly told account of what the Vietnam War could be like if you were unlucky enough to be a grunt. ...

  • Miner Tuttle

    BoringDrivel not well composed . Not worth the time it takes to read. I am sure the experience was traumatic but it is "ho-hum" and not well composed. Not very entertaining....

  • Dan Morgan

    Too CloseRemembering brothers, feeling the pain, but living the war again in the book. A must read for anyone wanting to know....