A troubled Vietnam Vet's brutally honest look at how he survived a senseless war
This important memoir documents how invasive wars waged by the United States, like those against smaller countries in SE Asia and in the Middle East during this past half century, do lasting damage to both the lives of the native inhabitants and our combat veterans, their long-term health and their piece of mind. Through Smoke-Teared Eyes: The Vietnam War I Fought
(by the late author Johnny F. Pugh) can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1532026870
. The author died in 2011 from lung cancer linked to his exposure to Agent Orange, millions of tons which were sprayed throughout the Vietnamese countryside during that war. As his surviving widow, I finished and published his memoir in 2017 in order that his story and sacrifice were not forgotten but shared with as many interested readers as possible. In his award-winning book, you experience the horror of combat, the acrid stench of explosives, the pounding of his heart and the ringing in his hears after he's thrown in the air by a "Bouncing Betty" landmine, the anger he felt after a botched operation killed or mutilated nearly two-thirds of his company. Most importantly, his vivid portraits of the squad members who became his closest friends will endear you to them so that you feel his intense grief whenever they are taken away forever by snipers, booby-traps or machine-gun fire. You might even find yourself laughing at the often lightweight barrio Spanish jokes they shared to lighten the dreary day-to-day tale of survival in a smoking hot war zone. In the end, you'll hopefully understand why this war caused so much long-term trauma to both its victims and those forced to be combatants in a war that solved absolutely nothing while wasting millions of lives.