Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War by Captain Doug Chamberlain
Category: Non-Fiction (18 +), 348 pages
Genre: Memoir, Biographies of the Marines
Publisher: Love the West Publications LLC
Release date: November 2019
Tour dates: April 13 to May 1, 2020
Content Rating: PG + M: Some scenes of the war, no bad language, no sex.
In this frank, engaging memoir, Captain Chamberlain chronicles the missions, personal courage and sacrifice of the Marines he was privileged to command; painfully recalls the unspeakable order he and his Marines were forced to obey; and the cover-up which followed. Nearly four decades later, Captain Chamberlain makes right what was wrong; brings closure to the family of a fallen and abandoned warrior; and attempts to put to rest the guilt which plagued his military career and life. Unlike most books on the Viet Nam War, this book is written at a tactical level by a Marine Company Commander who was there.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Many avoid past events because many are unpleasant. History repeats itself! If we are to avoid making the same destructive mistakes of others, we must learn from historical events.
The Viet Nam War was a regrettable mistake, created and prolonged by greedy, corrupt leaders in politics. It is why today so many are striving to "clear out the swamp" of politicians and special interest groups who have lost integrity and the meaning of "serving the people" .
This book is a remarkable account of one man who strives to be principled, honest, deserving of trust and is forever enduring the aftermath of having to be a part of a dreadful war.
In his account, he touches on a topic very important to many of the U.S. citizens... The treatment then and now of Viet Nam Veterans. Men and women who felt they were serving and giving their lives for the people in, and the welfare of, their country, returned home, to be scoffed at, spit on, belittled for what the political leaders did, instead of honored for their sincere sense of duty. They have not received the needed and earned mental and health care from the horrors they endured. They were left on their own to suffer through the trauma and pain.
In his book, Captain Chamberlain witnesses and experiences things which challenged his respect of authority and of patriotism. However, the things he feels guilt over is unfounded. He was not the one accountable for certain orders. He dd all he could to make things right... even to the writing of this book. The government are the ones now responsible to open the records and correct nay misrepresentation and wrong doing.
This is an outstanding memoir, highly recommended for ALL - both young and elderly - to read and learn from. This man is the type of leader we need to put into positions of leadership. He has the principles and integrity the Founders of our country intended.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
My Inspiration -
This is the first time I have written a book.
I am thankful that I had experience writing research papers in graduate school several times in my life, but writing a book is, as we say in the country, “a horse of a different color”! My advice to anyone who has the desire to write a book is …… get started! There is no magic involved. Whatever the subject you want to write about may be unique or it may have been written about by numerous people. Whether you have researched the subject or just have an idea, you will never know if you have are ever going to have a book in your future until you “take the leap”, so just sit down and get started.
You must have some kind of personal interest in the subject and have some kind of an idea of who the audience will be that may be interested in your book. Readers will be those who also have an interest in the subject matter, so your effort must be authentic and accurate. After that, you must write from inspiration. However, the inspiration to write is not something you simply decide to do one day. It must come from within, and be born of personal conviction concerning the subject matter. Remember that you may be criticized, but be sure to accept it in the spirit that it may be helpful, because it usually will be. Look to others with experience for advice and assistance. It will be invaluable.
My inspiration came from a former student I taught and coached when he was in high school decades before. He casually commented one day on a character flaw he thought I had, and the impact of what he said left me with a lasting impression. That one statement led me to solve a one-half century mystery, and to provide aide to others who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The biggest challenge for me was “50 years and the fog of war”, and the fear that my memory might be inaccurate. Researching military documents was over-whelming, but the voluntary assistance from a Forensics Investigator who volunteered his time to my efforts was invaluable. I could not have completed the book without his assistance. I did not seek vindication about the main subject matter of the book, but I did seek validation of my memories. I accomplished that.
Meet the Author:
Doug Chamberlain, the grandson of homesteaders in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, grew up with the "country values" instilled in him in the rural environment of a very small community. Even though there were only 10 students in his high school graduating class, several of his classmates pursued careers, public service, and military service that took them to various locations around the world. His rural values and the foundational reinforcement of those values at the University of Wyoming and John Brown University proved to be tested in their entirety when he became a Marine Infantry Officer in the Viet Nam War. His life changing experiences in that war proved to haunt him during his search to solve a mystery that spanned 50 years...and Bury Him details the sordid facts and the horrible truth that had eluded him.
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