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Shot at & missed : Vietnam October 1967 to November 1968

by Neal E Morgan

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by DavidL.Martin

     Shot At & Missed illustrates the randomness of war. The author was drafted at the height of the Vietnam War: several times before being inducted! He frankly describes being a G.I. "General Issue", Uncle Sam's property at all times. Trained as a combat engineer, Private First Class Neal Morgan arrived at Cam Rahn, Vietnam in October, 1967. Put on a noisy C-130 transport plane, he failed to get off at his destination, the massive replacement base at Long Binh, and at the second stop, Tan Son Nhut airbase, was sent to the nearest unit, the U.S. Army's famed 1st Infantry Division at Di An, 20 miles north of Saigon. With high test scores he was kept at The Big Red One's headquarters and trained on the job as a finance clerk. By persuading incoming troops to buy the government's low cost life insurance, Morgan helped many families when soldiers were killed and he had to close out their pay records.

    Neal Morgan's writing is accurate, giving details of weapons and defensive perimeter bunkers. He was on night guard duty 31 January 1968 when the Tet Offensive was launched, and watched the subsequent fireworks. On one stroll beyond the wire, Morgan was "walking point" at the head of an 8 man patrol, when he suddenly spotted 2 North Vietnamese Army soldiers! He earned his Bronze Star medal.

     The ultimate value of this book is a 45 page "Defining Vietnam: A Glossary".  It contains all the acronyms and slang I remember as a Vietnam veteran a half century ago, and time will render incomprehensible 50 years from now. Every library needs to order (ISBN 978154292940) Shot At & Missed for this Glossary.

David L. Martin (also an E-5 like Morgan, and a retired professor in civilian life)

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