By Jr. Arthur Wiknik
A decent travel of the Vietnam warfare from the soldier's eye view . . .
Nam-Sense is the brilliantly written tale of a strive against squad chief within the one hundred and first Airborne department. Arthur Wiknik was once a 19-year-old child from New England whilst he used to be drafted into the U.S. military in 1968. After finishing numerous NCO education courses, he was once promoted to sergeant "without ever environment foot in a wrestle quarter" and despatched to Vietnam in early 1969. almost immediately after his arrival at the a long way facet of the area, Wiknik was once assigned to Camp Evans, a mixed-unit base camp close to the northern village of Phong Dien, in simple terms thirty miles from Laos and North Vietnam. On his first jungle patrol, his squad killed a feminine Viet Cong who grew to become out to were the neighborhood prostitute. It was once the 1st lifeless individual he had ever noticeable.
Wiknik's account of existence and dying in Vietnam contains every little thing from heavy wrestle to faking madness to get a few R & R. He was once the 1st guy in his unit to arrive the head of Hamburger Hill in the course of one of many final offensives introduced by way of U.S. forces, and later chanced on a guns cache that avoided an assault on his strengthen fireplace aid base. among the sporadic episodes of wrestle he mingled with the locals, tricked unwitting U.S. providers into offering his platoon with a yr of not easy to get nutrients, defied an outstanding and was once punished with a perilous undertaking, and struggled with himself and his fellow infantrymen because the anti-war circulation started to impact his skill to salary successful war.
Nam-Sense bargains an ideal mixture of candor, sarcasm, and humor - and it spares not anything and nobody in its try and safely express what relatively transpired for the strive against soldier in this unpopular conflict. Nam-Sense isn't really approximately heroism or glory, psychological breakdowns, haunting flashbacks, or wallowing in self-pity. The GIs Wiknik lived and fought with in the course of his yearlong travel didn't rape, homicide, or burn villages, weren't strung out on medicines, and didn't get pleasure from killing. They have been there to do their responsibility as they have been educated, help their comrades - and get domestic alive. "The squaddies I knew," explains the writer, "demonstrated braveness, precept, kindness, and friendship, the entire components present in different wars americans have proudly fought in."
Wiknik has produced a gripping and whole list of lifestyles and demise in Vietnam, and he has performed so with a mode and aptitude few others will ever achieve.
"Namsense is a decent and lifelike account of not just the author's travel of accountability however the excursions of different Vietnam squaddies besides. i believe commemorated to have Arthur as an occasional visitor on my radio express and my listeners are the entire larger for it."
Lee Elci WXLM New London, CT
"As a member of Sergeant Wiknik's squad, i discovered Namsense to be an actual and soaking up narrative that resonates with each wrestle GI's tale of survival in Vietnam."
Howard Siner, Staten Island Advance
“…the most sensible, so much exact portrayal of the lifetime of an Infantryman in Vietnam… A friend, female friend, or fiancée of a soldier who went to Vietnam will locate this booklet so much illuminating. For all of the remainder of you, in case you learn just one ebook a few soldier’s existence in Vietnam, learn NamSense!”
Col. Gene Sherron, 11/2/2010
“…provides an unflinching examine a yr within the lifetime of a grunt on Vietnam…”
Military heritage of the West, quantity forty, 2010