As we approach Christmas, I'm reflecting on what this time of year means to me and my family. It was December 1967 when my brother Joe wrote his last letter to me, asking that I enlist San Mateo, CA, to adopt his unit -- the Army's famed #101stAirborne #ScreamingEagles -- so their morale could "soar as high as the clouds." That was Joe's final Christmas. One year later, I traveled to #Vietnam to spend Christmas with Joe's unit, where I became the adopted "sis" to all the brothers Joe left behind, and where I fell in love with my husband Steve. This is my book, but it is THEIR story. Everyone we lost in Vietnam. Everyone who came home. Everyone who has continued to serve. This book is for all of you. I hope I have done you proud.

"All Present and Accounted For"

It was late November, recognized as one of the coldest periods to be on a ship near Alaska. The Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis had run aground during a severe storm and was taking on water. Temporarily patching the hole, the ship attempted to sail toward safer waters when all hell broke loose from an even more violent storm. The patch broke free, and the engine room began to fill with water, soon disabling the engines. Out on the deck, the crew was taking a pounding from mother nature. The ship was taking severe rolls from the wind and the high seas; at one time, struck with a sixty-degree roll. Communicating with each other was extremely difficult or impossible due to the environment; crewmembers had to rely on training and instinct to perform their jobs. The water level in the engine room was the same as outside, all engines were dead, no fresh water, with very little cooking. Combined with the exhaustive and lengthy working conditions in the filthy water, the lack of hot water, and heat, crewmember sanitation needs were severely ‘lacking.’ Captain Wooley surveyed the situation: the engine room was flooded, resulting in the loss of power; ‘mountainous seas’ and gale force winds were pounding the Jarvis, and freezing working conditions had caused several of the crewmen to show signs of sickness. To make matters worse, the ship was floating toward a rocky coastline that would destroy it and probably kill most, if not all, of the men. With the ship in peril, Captain Wooley ordered an emergency message be sent to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Office in Juneau requesting Coast Guard assistance. Within minutes, the District office replied there were no Coast Guard assets near enough to provide immediate help. At 7:04 pm, for one of the few times in Coast Guard history, a ‘MAYDAY’ call for help would come from a Coast Guard vessel.

The Aviators: Stories of U.S. Army Helicopter Combat in the Vietnam War, 1971-72

Action-packed stories of helicopter combat in the Vietnam War, highlighting the incredible pilots and crew members.

Long Daze at Long Binh

The humorous adventures of two draftees trained as combat medics and sent off to set up a field hospital in South Vietnam. Includes tales of their encounters with numerous celebrities including James Garner, Robert Mitchum, Martha Raye, Mike Wallace, Chuck Connors, Ann Landers, Henry Fonda, Billy Graham and Nancy Sinatra.

Alone In The Light - Hoosier Veteran Writes Novel Drawing Attention To PTSD, TBI, And Veteran Suicide

How do you go on after the worst day in your life? 6,000 miles away from the explosion in Iraq that took his leg, Josh Carpenter struggles to reclaim his former life as a college student. Mary Fischer, a civilian for the first time in years, strikes out on her own to create a new, independent life away from the army, and her controlling mother. The last time Josh saw Mary, his National Guard unit was leaving Camp Wolf, headed north to the war in Iraq. The last time Mary saw Josh, he was unconscious, covered in blood, and headed for a hospital in Germany. On the campus of Indiana University, Josh and Mary's paths move ever closer to a reunion that could help ease the nightmares and heal old wounds... or make them worse.

Lost in Dalat - The Courage of a Family Torn by War

Meggan Mondae travels to the exotic mountain city of Dalat, Vietnam, to find the battlefield where her father was long-ago reported missing in action, just a few months before she was born. While searching for the place where he was last seen alive, she uncovers shocking secrets about him, secrets that now threaten her.

So Proudly We Hailed

A memoir of World War II as viewed through the eyes of a young boy who, too young to serve, lived through the home-front years in small-town America.

Shepherd’s Salvation - Rise of Humanity

Living on his family’s farm in Nebraska, John Shepherd and his wife Jackie know humanity’s days are numbered. Despite battling with depression and the tragic end of his military career, John’s fighter-pilot spirit is strong, and he can’t afford to stand by and watch an unbelieving world as they face a global disaster that is less than three years away. With dreams haunted by images of war, and now by a divine calling, he knows that his Maker is counting on him to build a colossal craft capable of carrying its passengers through space on an uncertain trek in search of a new home. Failure at any stage will lead to cataclysmic death, but John can’t give in to fear, with the horrors of Earth’s destruction hurtling toward mankind with inescapable vengeance. Travel with John as he sets out on an unpopular, righteous path to build a lifeboat for a select few—human, plant, and animal—to journey through space on an epic pilgrimage. Will he be able to convince a blind world that he can offer salvation from the apocalypse? Rise of Humanity is the first book in the Shepherd’s Salvation saga.


Military Police are not get assigned infantry duties, except when they are. To protect the largest military base in Vietnam two general officers sat down to talk, one came from the 9th Infantry Division and the other from the 18th Military Police Brigade. The Infantryman was severely strapped for personnel, could the 18th take a tasking at once for which it was completely untrained, unprepared and caught flat-footed? The answer came from the superbly adaptable men who got the job. The Bushwhackers

Longitude And Latitude With Attitude: One Man's Quest To See The Entire World

Marine Vietnam veteran travels to every country in the world, with lots of adventures and humor,