Vietnam: There & Back: A Combat Medic's Chronicle

Vietnam: There & Back: A Combat Medic's Chronicle

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I n 1967, Jim Purtell left his small Midwestern town to join the U.S. Army. He did so at a time when the country was pro-Vietnam and serving seemed an honorable thing to do. Little did he know that the tide would turn a mere six months later as drastically as it did. VIETNAM: THERE AND BACK is a candid account of the time when he and several other combat vets found themselves conducting operations in the jungles of Vietnam during and after the Tet Offensive. Purtell describes in gritty detail what it was like to live and fight with an infantry company only to return to anti-Vietnam sentiment so strong that he and his fellow veterans felt nobody cared about them or the sacrifices they made.

Title:Vietnam: There & Back: A Combat Medic's Chronicle
Edition Language:English
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    Vietnam: There & Back: A Combat Medic's Chronicle Reviews

  • Robert DeZurik

    Excellent and an easy read.I was trained as an Army medic in San Antonio in 1962-63. I was 21/22 years old and knew very little about Vietnam. I joined the National Guard with the plan to do the activ...

  • Rachel

    From the heart.I find the book's written like this show the side of war not found in the history of political books. These works help those of us who were not there yet a bit of an idea of the pain an...

  • diane cooney

    A great addition to the Vietnam Story, told from memory of someone who honestly told you about one of the low points in our history,where we left many good young people forever on the Battlefield for ...

  • clayton goodwin

    A most excellent book. My friends older brothers and dads were there. I got out of school 1975. Now, I know more. I highly recommend this book. ...

  • Baylee Hoskison

    GrievingSo good to read I feel a part of this as my brother died from the Orange he!I that fell on everything.Ma y friends went to VietNam some came home some did not....

  • Steve Whittaker

    RecommendA very personal and well written book from some one who "was there". Highly recommend this memoir to anyone interested in the Vietnam War era....

  • Bill Brockington

    To a friend,I, too, was a Combat Medic, but my time was in U.S. Army Reserves, 1961-1969. My dad served in WWII in what would have been called a MASH unit. He once told me that in forty years as a sur...

  • Russell Cornwell

    FIve Stars. I'd Give It Six If I Could. Although Doc Purtell's experiences were much more intense than mine, I could definitely relate to many things he wrote about. As a Navy Corpsman attached to the...

  • Stephen Piotrowski

    I enjoyed the book and it gave me a good view of Doc's tour in Vietnam and his duty stateside. It was clearly written to get his story down and connect with other veterans and did a good job of that. ...

  • John Podlaski

    'Vietnam: There and Back' offers readers a snapshot of what it was like to hump through the jungles with a platoon of Army Infantry soldiers. After basic training, 'Doc' Purtell initially trained to b...