Saddle Up!

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About the author:
A decorated Army infantryman who served during the Vietnam era, Charles Gorman was drafted after earning his education degree in 1967 at South Dakota
State University in his home state. He comes from a family of fourteen children.
Gorman taught school in Newcastle, Nebraska, for one year and then served his country proudly. He later earned a master's degree in guidance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha under the GI Bill. He was hired by the Plattsmouth Public Schools (near Omaha) in 1972 as a counselor/coach and remained there until his retirement from education in 2000.
Gorman married Cherie Kommers from Lexington, Nebraska, in 1975. They have three children-John, Jeffrey, and Allison-and grandchildren, Braden and Colin Gorman.
He belongs to the local VFW, American Legion, 25th Infantry Division Association, 14th Infantry Association, and is a life time member of the Purple Heart Association. He attends his Vietnam reunions and renews friendships forged in the rice paddies of Vietnam with his lifelong military buddies. He speaks about his wartime experience with some nostalgia and emotion to high school history classes so the next generation will never forget what happened in a country far away.

Saddle Up!

Untold Stories about Vietnam from an Army Infantryman

Authored by Charles Gorman
Cover design or artwork by Jack Kusler
Edited by Sandra Wendel

A Vietnam memoir with a different twist. Jennifer Branch was just two years old when her father Army Captain Branch was killed in combat in Vietnam. When she grew up, she discovered letters he had written home, and she wanted to know what her father was like from the men in his command. Through reunion groups, she found Charles Gorman, a guidance counselor in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, who had been Branch's radioman.
It was Jennifer's request and Gorman's own sense of urgency to write about his combat tour in Vietnam in 1969 that sparked the writing of this memoir. Gorman dredges up the nightmares of the daytime patrols away from the relatively safe Fire Support Bases and forays into the deadly dangerous booby traps and punji pits in Hobo Woods. He documents the terrifying nighttime ambushes, calling in "dustoffs" to medevac out the dead and wounded to Cu Chi, and the daily indignities of living in monsoons or heat and humidity with mosquitoes, mines, and mortars.
No need to see the movies about Vietnam, this is the real deal about riding the chopper's skids and dropping into LZ's, stepping carefully into the footsteps of the point man to avoid trip wires that could send you home in a body bag, zipping your buddies into those body bags, and diving into water-filled rice paddies while under attack, and praying the mortars would fall short and allow you to go home alive or at least in one piece.

Publication Date:
0985474513 / 9780985474515
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Military

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