Vietnam Memoirs

Vietnam Memoirs : Part 1: My Experiences as a Marine Platoon Leader

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This honestly-written book takes the reader on a young Marine lieutenant's journey as he assumes command of a Marine infantry platoon in Vietnam. Starting with his arrival in June, 1967, until his reassignment to the Marine Advisory Unit in November, 1967, the reader will experience Vietnam at the platoon and company levels and get an idea of combat operations in I Corps near ConThien, Dong Ha, and south of the Demilitarized Zone. Although depicting danger, fear, fatigue and death, this book is not a sensational account of combat. Rather it is the author's best recollection of the day to day reality of living in combat. His story is not unique or special, but it is authentic and more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 16.26mm | 485.34g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507616066
  • 9781507616062

About Don Bonsper

Don Bonsper was born and raised in the small town of Portville in southwestern New York. He lettered in four sports in high school and graduated as his class valedictorian and president. After high school, he entered the United States Naval Academy, graduating with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1965. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to Costa Rica for one year and then entered The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. He served his tour in Vietnam from June 1967 to June 1968; first leading the First Platoon of E Co, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines and then serving as the assistant and senior advisor working with the Second Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps. He was awarded a Silver Star and Bronze Star for his combat service. Upon completion of his tour in Vietnam he went on to complete a 20 year career in the Marines, retiring in 1985 as a lieutenant colonel, after serving in a variety of staff and leadership positions, including Commanding Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines. After his military retirement he continued working as a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA until his retirement in 2012. Don lives in Carmel Valley with his wife more

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