I reconciled myself to staying put until daylight. I’d fasted every Yom Kippur since my bar mitzvah at age 13, going without food or water for more than 24 hours—so I knew that I wouldn’t starve from a day and a night without eating.
About Marvin J. Wolf
Marvin J. Wolf served 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Army, including eight years as a commissioned officer. He was one of only 60 enlisted and warrant officers to receive a direct appointment to the officer ranks while serving in Vietnam. Wolf has authored more than 20 books, including three about the Vietnam War: "They Were Soldiers," "Abandoned In Hell," and "Buddha’s Child." He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his adult daughter and a neurotic, five-pound Chihuahua.
Entries by Marvin J. Wolf
Soldiers got what they needed in Vietnam, from cold Pepsis to American-made lumber to a three-quarter-ton truck, often trading with Jack Daniels.
Our officers told us almost every week that North Korea could resume hostilities at any moment, with or without a reason. It was our job to be ready.
We stop in darkness; as engines whine into silence, our senior officer calls out, “Leave everything except headgear and weapons.” Something is very wrong.
The ships with our 437 helicopters would reach Qui Nhon harbor in about four weeks. They needed a place to land.
“Memories of Sam’s death haunted me for decades,” writes a former Army public affairs officer about the death of a journalist during the Vietnam War.