Grunts, Pilots & ‘Docs’ by Michael Dan Kellum

Michael Dan Kellum joined the Marine Corps, serving first as an enlisted man, and then as a Lieutenant during his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970 with H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment and with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Since getting out of the Marine Corps after coming home from Vietnam, Kellum has had a long career as a journalist working for several newspapers in East Texas, where he grew up.

Kellum is the author of a two-volume series of books that tell the Vietnam War stories of scores of those who fought there, mainly Marines and Navy Corpsmen. In American Heroes: Grunts, Pilots & “Docs”: Building “Hard Men”…U.S. Marines Vietnam War Stories, 1966-71 (Navarro-Hill Publishing Group, 539 pp., $43.90, hardcover; $30.90, paper), which is Book I, and Book II, American Heroes: Grunts, Pilots & “Docs”: Leathernecks Find ‘em, Fix ‘em, Kill ‘em: Vietnam Combat Stories, 1965, ‘69-’70 (498 pp., $42.90, hardcover; $29.90, paper) Kellum has done a ton of research to relate the tales of Marines in action.

“My goal in this book,” he says, “was to give the reader a vicarious feeling of having worn our bleached white by the sun and rotting off our feet jungle boots, dressed in shades of green camouflage jacket and trousers (for you civilians that’s a long-sleeved shirt or green t-shirt and cargo pants) from head to toe… Welcome to the Vietnam War where 1 in 5.9 Marines who served in-country were either killed or wounded. Marines, in turn, exacted a much, much worse killed-in-action/wounded-in-action licking on the enemy.”

For ordering info, go to the author’s web site: http://www.michaeldankellum.com

—Marc Leepson

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