Found this to be a good read on Glyn's life after returning from Vietnam and how he chose to make a career following the service to his country in Vietnam when he was nineteen. His first book, "When I turned nineteen" was a really terrific read and is one of those books I will read again. Anyone who had a loved one or even an acquaintance who went to Vietnam will find both books to be insightful. Glyn seemed to adapt fairly well when he returned to the states after a horrendous experience that was Vietnam. Many others struggled for the rest of their lives. I understood his choice to respect his personal life and keep it private, but an insight into the marriages that failed after returning home could have given a more complete picture of what it was like to try and resume a "normal" life with the ghosts of war ever present. Highly recommend both books.
Good sequel to "When I Turned 19". This book follows a Vietnam vet that decided to stay in the Army after his tour. The Army transitioned from draftees to all volunteers, from separate female boot camps to all-inclusive, and from fighting a traditional war against predictable enemies to putting out fires in hot spots around the world. The military has many roles other than combat-ready troops. Mr. Haynie does a good job of describing the type of work that the military needs done during peace time by those various MOSs. Folks should recognize the personal sacrifices made by these dedicated patriots. The book includes an interesting history of his family's military legacy. For other reading, check out "Duster Duty, 1967".
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you served in the Army for twenty years? What your assignments would be and how that formed the bases for your career and the consequence to you and your family? The Author went into enough detail without going into the weeds. His devotion to his combat hero's is admirable. Being the same age as the author our society can never make amends to the Vietnam soldiers. Society's insults left emotional scars for all military's service personnel during Vietnam war. The book is a Good read of true grit!
A great quick read. Glyn describes the army after his return from Vietnam. For those of us serving as Nam was winding down, the book brings back many memories, both good and bad. I was serving at Ft. Benning and Germany at close to the same times as the author, and his descriptions of service at that time is spot on. For those who see how the service members who serve today are so rightfully respected, and the way today's military operates, should definitely read Mr. Haynes description of the Army of the early 70's. He also underlines some of the crises faced by those fresh home from Vietnam. I strongly recommend this book
This is the 2nd book I've read written by Glyn and his attention to detail in both books is amazing. As a baby boomer who grew up during the Vietnam war, I've gained a great deal of insight into this war and the sacrifices made by many men and their families by reading Glyn's story. I have enjoyed both books immensely and certainly have gained a much greater appreciation and understanding of the sacrifices our military personnel have made for our country and continue to make on our behalf, because of Glyn's memoir, I highly recommend the both books.
Glyn and I served together as told in this book and I enjoyed reading this book as well. His information about how bad our assignment was in Germany in the early 1970's is accurate. Our careers somewhat paralleled each other and his portrayal of our times as Drill Sergeants was where we made the decision to make the Army a career. This book shows that a good leader is committed to his soldiers, superiors, peers and subordinates alike. The book also shows that a leader can be dedicated to the Army and still be fair and compassionate while still accomplishing the mission. Congratulations Glyn on another good book
I enjoyed reading this book as much as reading Glyn's first book.. Glyn has a special way with how he writes, he makes it so interesting and easy to visualize. I have been to some of the places he wrote about and that made it very interesting to me. I want to thank all the veterans for their service.
Glyn does a great job of telling his story via this heartfelt book. The book is an amazing read and opened my eyes to the soldier's full experience, not just Vietnam. I am impressed with the mantra that I believe Glyn has live by: whatever you do, do it better.