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Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam

af David Donovan

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"Portrays the Vietnam experience of an officer and a gentlemen. It is the story of a man with a sense of honor and responsibility that extended beyond his immediate command and encompassed the people of the rural Vietnamese village he was sent to defend. It is a portrait of a compassionate man, a humane soldier and a soldierly humanist, and the precarious mental and physical balance he maintained through the horrors of war. In April 1969, David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta. A raw and idealistic first lieutenant fresh from the Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Donovan joined an isolated four-man American team operating alone in a remote rural area of the Delta, sent off by the army to cooperate with village chiefs and local militia- and to win the war. As chief commanding officer of his unit, Donovan led patrol and combat missions, and this book vividly recreates the suspense of night ambushes and the high-pitched emotions of surprise attacks and man-to-man warfare in the swamps and jungles of the Delta. But Donovan also became involved with the lives of the civilians of Tram Chim in a role beyond that of military adviser. He was caught up in the Vietnamese culture, its local and national politics, in friendships and families torn apart by the tragic war. Eventually he was inducted into a Vietnamese brotherhood- a sect of honorary "warrior kings." On his return to the United States, Donovan found that Vietnam had become a part of him, separating him from his wife and children, his family and friends. Donovan's chilling account of "coming home, " of his enormous internal battle, is as dramatic as his tales of combat in the Delta. Powerfully written, taut, and compelling, this is an extraordinary book about the Vietnam experience that will burn itself into the minds and hearts of readers." -- Book Jacket.… (mere)

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A good book worth reading. A different view of the murder committed by we Americans in Vietnam - this soldier was left in the middle of the jungle with five other Americans to assist the local militia against the VC - his position being that the VC was, in fact, a terrorist organization which preyed upon the Catholics and Buddhists of the South, and he was there to help - no doubt he was -he and his compatriots were good and brave men (young boys, actually) - but the bigger point is that none of it was our damn business in the first place - and the US Government was not there to help the peasants of Vietnam - it was there to make money for the industrial complex - Westmoreland, Johnson, McNamara, Kissinger were war criminals who should have been Nuremberg/ed - incredible - the author is in combat - people are dead all around him and - suddenly - he is put on a helicopter - flown directly to Saigon - is soon placed on an airplane - and hours later is in San Francisco airport - no coming down from combat mode - no word of caution about being back in the world - just get thee out of here - everything about the Vietnam War was bad, except for the courage and commitment to duty of our young men, - if you don't believe me about the cost - the families of 58,220 guys may want to speak with you. ( )
  BayanX | Jul 20, 2016 |
Awesome book. Very intense. Author not afraid to reveals his flaws. Hubris, anger, humiliation, etc. ( )
  Sewanee2 | Sep 20, 2012 |
Interesting account of American officer who led a 5 man team in a remote posting in the Mekong Delta. He highlights the contrast between his team's life of suspense , patrol and ambush while directing local militia against the Vietcong with the life and comforts of other Americans in rear areas. His subsequent life post -Vietnam is well written particularly his post-traumatic suffering. He finally receives some catharsis in writing his novel and taking part in Vietnam veterans ceremonies in November 1982. ( )
  tbrennan1 | May 10, 2011 |
the story of a combat officer in Vietnam. Funny, exciting, chilling, sobering. A reminder that those who served in Vietnam had more honor and courage than this ungrateful nation deserved. ( )
  ctkcec | Jan 6, 2010 |
An interesting memoir of an officer who served as a military adviser to the local Vietnamese Forces. Not the typical American story from Vietnam. ( )
  ubutl | May 16, 2009 |
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"Portrays the Vietnam experience of an officer and a gentlemen. It is the story of a man with a sense of honor and responsibility that extended beyond his immediate command and encompassed the people of the rural Vietnamese village he was sent to defend. It is a portrait of a compassionate man, a humane soldier and a soldierly humanist, and the precarious mental and physical balance he maintained through the horrors of war. In April 1969, David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta. A raw and idealistic first lieutenant fresh from the Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Donovan joined an isolated four-man American team operating alone in a remote rural area of the Delta, sent off by the army to cooperate with village chiefs and local militia- and to win the war. As chief commanding officer of his unit, Donovan led patrol and combat missions, and this book vividly recreates the suspense of night ambushes and the high-pitched emotions of surprise attacks and man-to-man warfare in the swamps and jungles of the Delta. But Donovan also became involved with the lives of the civilians of Tram Chim in a role beyond that of military adviser. He was caught up in the Vietnamese culture, its local and national politics, in friendships and families torn apart by the tragic war. Eventually he was inducted into a Vietnamese brotherhood- a sect of honorary "warrior kings." On his return to the United States, Donovan found that Vietnam had become a part of him, separating him from his wife and children, his family and friends. Donovan's chilling account of "coming home, " of his enormous internal battle, is as dramatic as his tales of combat in the Delta. Powerfully written, taut, and compelling, this is an extraordinary book about the Vietnam experience that will burn itself into the minds and hearts of readers." -- Book Jacket.

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