Vietnam Veterans of America
By: D.S. Lliteras
Viet Man is about the transformation of a young man who
enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was trained as a
hospital corpsman, was transferred into the Marine Corps, then
sent to Viet Nam where he joined the elite First Recon.
It is a first person narrative of alternating episodes experienced
in the rear and in the bush. In the rear, Doc encounters
a straw-haired mid-western farm boy who shows him how to
prepare a meal of long-rats, and Loopie, a Puerto Rican from the
Bronx who shares a guilt-torn confession that borders on confabulation.
In the bush, Doc experiences the terror of accidentally
releasing a live grenade among his men, of rushing to
rescue a wounded marine, and of sharing a quiet conversation
in a bunker with Trang, a South Vietnamese soldier.
After being assigned to the Recon Dive Team and attending
the Navy diving school in the Philip-pines, he returns to Viet Nam
were he engages in numerous combat dives and river operations.
At the end of his tour, he is processed out of the military.
And upon his return to his hometown as a veteran, he faces
a jarring reception of insolence, indifference, and fragmented
flashbacks. In Viet Man, D.S. Lliteras unlocks the inner mystery of
a manís combat experience. It is poetic and haunting, authentic
and amusing. It is a story told by a man who ultimately survives
the war and returns to his homeland, but another country will
forever dwell in his soul.
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