This article originally appeared on the FB Group page: Vietnam War – U.S. Military, and posted by Raymond D. Hannan. I found this article on CHERRIESWRITER – VIETNAM WAR WEBSITE and had to share it with my readers.
To the soldier in combat, nurses are truly Angel’s of Mercy.
According to this story, eight nurses gave their lives in Vietnam, taking care of the sick and wounded. They cared for our military personnel as well as those of our enemy.
Lou Eisenbrandt is one of those nurses who came home and shared her story in her book Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering. I am going to have to add her book to my reading list. Click here to see her book on Amazon.com.
From her own words during the presentation: “I have Parkinson’s from exposure to Agent Orange, so I’ve instructed my body to remain still. If I do a Michael J. Fox, please forgive me, but I can’t help it. I’m also not using a laser pointer because the laser would be all over the place.”
“I spent nine months at Ft. Dix, which was a good thing. Some nurses were sent straight from nursing school to Vietnam. Ft. Dix was interesting to say the least. They even had a stockade section, and I had to check daily for improvised weapons. One prisoner escaped, but not on my shift. I usually cared for the soldiers with upper respiratory infections, at one point over 300 soldiers. We also had the fatties and skinnies. If too fat, we put them on diets; if too skinny, they got milkshakes. Oddly, they put these guys in the same ward. The skinnies stayed skinny because the fatties drank all the milkshakes. Before the year was out I received a manila envelope; ‘Congratulations, you’re going to Vietnam.’ Not the travel I expected.”
“I loved flying on the choppers since I was an avid photographer. Great region for photos, but I never took photos of casualties. Chopper pilots are, well, different. They loved to party. I spent my first three months in a medical ward treating non-combat related problems, like hepatitis and malaria, even jungle rot. By the way, the Officer’s Club was built on the edge of a cliff. We consumed a ‘slight’ amount of alcohol in there.”
“One time after their village was hit, we had 99 Vietnamese civilians to care for within a 24-hour period. When wounded Vietnamese came in, so did the whole family. We also had Vietnamese nurses. They really helped due to culture differences.”
“We waterskied but with parameters, like never going out after 1 p.m. because that was when sharks arrived. We used a Jeep to pull the boat, but I have no idea where the Jeep and boat and skis came from. There were local fishermen in LRBs, Little Round Boats, who would wave at us until we threw them a tow rope and pulled them along. They loved it.”
“You tried to be detached from the suffering, but I had an attachment to a young lieutenant who came in with his men. His unit took heavy casualties and he wanted to be with them, to see them through their ordeal. Next time it was him, peppered full of shrapnel. We were told he would lose both legs. That’s one of the few times I had to walk out of the emergency room. It rattled me. We saved his legs, but I’ve seen him since returning home. His legs are not of much use; he’s another boy I think about every day.”
I just have a feeling this will be a really great read.
So, I have ordered a copy. I will let you know how it turns out.
I have learned good beta readers are worth the time and effort!
I got the first set of results back from one of my beta readers, and I have to admit, I was blown away and humbled at the same time. Of course, there were some typos, punctuation errors, suggestions for clarity, and perhaps some rewording. But I was pleasantly surprised at the rather small number of errors found in the text. I must give most of the credit to Grammarly!
Will anyone like what I have written?
Most authors can identify with this question. I suppose it gets easier with time and success, but I am still mostly amazed that people enjoy reading my work.
So, I was really blown away by some of the comments made by this particular beta reader, Eric. I know Eric well enough to know that he will give honest feedback and he has done beta reading for other authors as well.
I thought I would share a few of his comments here. They will not mean much until you read the book, but then, that may entice a few folks to take a chance and read Montagnard when it comes out this summer.
Here are some of the positive comments:
The story flows well and is an exciting read.
Like in Serpents Underfoot, I appreciate reading the many boots-on-the-ground anecdotes and other “Behind the scenes’ experiences of your characters. Especially the reactions of the family members when they learn their daughter has been kidnapped.
The experiences of the SEAL team members, their conversations, thoughts, and activities are quite compelling.
I was worried if there would be any friendly casualties. Next, I found myself VERY worried about Ajax during the grenade incident.
Every time you described Ajax and “a thump of his tail,” it made me grin.
There are dozens of terrific one-liners in here (e.g., the Browning .45 spoke twice). I won’t echo them all, but good job!
It’s good storytelling, and really, that’s the reason we read.
There was some constructive criticism as well.
1) This one was more a comment than a criticism. Eric said he is not used to short paragraphs, and that took a bit of getting used too. I am not sure I will change that. I kind of like writing in short “digestible” segments and find that I get lost when paragraphs go on and on.
2) There was a confusing section in the third chapter. It was a flashback to Serpents Underfoot and Vietnam during the war, and then a return to present-day Vietnam. Comment appreciated, and section reworded for clarity.
3) I would use a Vietnam Names website to find names for characters in the story. I discovered I had used the same name for two female characters and had to go back and change one of them. Apparently, I missed a few. That has since been corrected.
Four more beta readers to go!
I definitely will use beta readers for every project going forward. The additional sets of eyes are indispensable.
Also, I am using a professional editor this time around. She gets the book after the beta readers are done with it. This should help keep costs down. Good editors are not cheap (as you will discover if you ever try to hire one), so keeping the work the editor has to do to a minimum is a big plus! Especially if you are on a tight budget.
Serpents Underfoot by D.C. Gilbert – Now Available!
Serpents Underfoot Kindle Edition!
Ladies and Gentleman! Serpents Underfoot Kindle Edition, is now available on Amazon.com. What a momentous occasion! I am now officially a published author! Needless to say, this is very exciting for me! I worked very hard on this book over the last few years and think I did a pretty good job. So, I hope some of you Kindle users will take a chance and buy my book.
I think it is a good read … good blend of adventure, excitement, combat, intrigue and romance!
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That’s right folks! For less than the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks, you can help an aspiring author launch a successful career!
My German Shepherd, Sophie, would be appreciative as well because it will help keep her in dog biscuits!
Paperback / Hardcover Coming Soon!
The paperback version should be available in a couple of weeks and the hardcover edition shortly thereafter. For anyone interested in obtaining an autographed copy (just in case I become famous someday), you will shortly be able to order one in hardcover or paperback through this website.
Book Signings, Etc.
Be on the lookout! I will be traveling as my schedule allows to do book signings and other events. Also, if you read my book on Kindle, or buy a paperback or hardcover copy, and enjoy it, which I am sure you will … please remember to stop by Amazon,com and give my book a review! I’d greatly appreciate it!