"NIGHTMARES" OF VIET NAM and Other Dreams is a work of mine that has been in the works for a long time. I would have said that names have been changed to protect the innocent; however, everyone that served "in country" lost their innocence once they stepped foot in Viet Nam.
I have written the poems and short stories in this book to help me rid them from my sleep, and so far with the help of my family, friends, and the people of the VA Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and the Veterans PTSD Hospital at American Lake in Tacoma, Washington, it seems to be working.
In 1967 I was assigned to the Black Lions of the 1st Infantry Division, but transferred out to the 329th Heavy Boat Co (LCU 1575) Vung Tau, then reassigned to Da Nang, moving men and equipment to places on rivers. In March of 1968 we were moving some Marines from Dong Ha Base Camp to a spot on the Cau Viet River when our boat was attacked. I was wounded and sent back to "The World" but as any Veteran of any war we will tell you, we physically left but a little part of our mental selves would never leave.