Blood On the Battlefield by Preston S. Williams

Preston S. Williams enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 11, 1967, less than a month after he graduated from high school in California. “I was proud to serve my country and looked forward to my new career in the Air Force,” Williams writes in his memoir, Blood on the Battlefield: A Combat Medic’s Story of Service to God and Country (iUniverse, 122 pp., $12.95, paper).

After Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Williams went to Sheppard AF Base (which he calls “Shepherd”) to train as a Medical Service Specialist. His first duty station was Clark AFB in the Philippines where he treated many casualties of the Vietnam War. He volunteered to go to Vietnam, and arrived in country in November of 1969. His first duty station was the 483rd Medical Hospital at Cam Ranh Bay. Williams was severely wounded in a rocket attack at his next assignment in Pleiku, which ended his Vietnam tour of duty.

In his book, which contains more than a few misspellings and grammatical errors, WIlliams describes his tour of duty and what life was like for him after the war, including dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

—Marc Leepson