A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps by James G. Van Straten

By James G. Van Straten

a special Face of conflict is a riveting account of a scientific carrier Corps officer’s actions in the course of the early years of the Vietnam battle. Assigned because the senior clinical consultant to the military of the Republic of Vietnam in I Corps, a space on the subject of the DMZ, James G. Van Straten traveled widely and interacted with army officials and non-commissioned officials, peasant-class farmers, Buddhist bonzes, shopkeepers, scribes, physicians, nurses, the mentally ailing, or even political operatives. He despatched his spouse day-by-day letters from July 1966 via June 1967, describing in amazing element his reviews, and people letters turned the first resource for his memoir. the writer describes with nice readability and poignancy the soreness one of the survivors while an American shipment aircraft in undesirable climate lands wanting the Da Nang Air Base runway on Christmas Eve and crashes right into a Vietnamese coastal village, killing greater than a hundred humans and destroying their village; the heart-wrenching pleadings of a teenage woman that her shrapnel-ravaged leg no longer be amputated; and the anger of an American helicopter pilot who made repeated journeys right into a sizzling touchdown quarter to evacuate the wounded, in basic terms to have the Vietnamese insist that the useless take delivery of a better priority.

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