By Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez consistently believed he might die in Vietnam. As growing to be up within the San Francisco sector within the early Nineteen Sixties, "Nam used to be there, simply over the horizon, just like the far-off thump of artillery." His father and uncles had served in international struggle II, one other uncle in Korea. a variety of cousins had enlisted. At nineteen, Ramirez made up our minds to include the battle. In 1968, the 12 months of the Tet offensive, Ramirez joined the U.S. marines.
Two bloody excursions later, Ramirez survived, yet at massive rate. two times wounded, undesirably discharged, and affected by survivor's guilt, Ramirez surveys the toll of Vietnam on flesh and spirit during this eye-catching memoir.
Ramirez tells his tale in a voice infrequently heard from the struggle, that of a Chicano soldier. by way of tracing his roots, and exploring the cultural pressures and social demons that weighed on his kinfolk and neighborhood, Ramirez deals an unflinching examine the autumn and redemption of 1 Mexican American veteran.
ï¿½Ramirez has given us a slightly distinctive and clear-eyed view contained in the lifestyles and occasions and options of a tender Chicano who joins the marines and is going to Vietnam to discover his future. . . . interesting reading.ï¿½ï¿½Joseph L. Galloway, writer of We have been squaddies as soon as. . . And Young.