“The Proud Bastards: One Marine’s Journey from Parris Island through the Hell of Vietnam” by E.Michael Helms


A Marine ‘grunt’ relives Vietnam in this powerful coming of age memoir of a young soldier.  We follow him from his brutal experiences during boot camp to the unspeakable acts of violence he witnessed in combat.  The author always made me think, sometimes laugh and often cry.    I highly recommend reading this memoir even if you are not interested in war stories.  I found it hard to put down needing to know what would happen next to our endearing and very brave 18-year-old “grunt.”

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