On Point: A Rifleman's Year in the Boonies, Vietnam, 1967-1968

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In the fall of 1967, baby-faced, mild-mannered Roger Hayes went to Vietnam--with one year of college and one year of basic training behind him. And there, on the strange and savage battlefield, amidst the dying and the loss, Roger Hayes became a warrior, a leader and a comrade--foraging friendships that would be among the strongest of his life.

In this fascinating, penetrating diary of a young rifleman in Vietnam, Hayes takes us through a tour of duty with a mechanized infantry unit in the 5th Infantry during America's bloodiest year of fighting in the Vietnam War. here are the ambushed and mortar attacks, moments of terror and moments of camaraderie that made up one soldier's education in war. At the same time, On Point captures a young man's awakening to his own inner resources: to the courage, skill, and self-reliance that made him the right man for the most dangerous job in the world.

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On Point, the story of my tour in Vietnam, describes the world of a combat infantryman. The details of life in our platoon are here--the steps we took to survive, how we sought relief from the tropical sun and the monsoon rains, the food we ate, the strong relationships formed between those of us who faced death together, and those we formed with Vietnamese civilians. The strategies employed by both sides are described, as well as terrifying accounts of battle.

I arrived in Vietnam as a wide-eyed, innocent private. I served as a point man, a tunnel rat, and eventually a squad leader. I was wounded four times, and emerged from the "freedom bird" that brought me home wearing sergeant stripes. Although war is terrible, the experience had a positive influence on my life.

Since the publication of On Point by Presidio Press, some exciting and gratifying events have occurred. I am deeply honored that it has recently been named as a winner of the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award. It has also appeared on the Army War College's recommended reading list. A paperback edition will be released in January 2002 by St. Martin's Press.

Thank you for your interest in On Point. Should you read it and wish to contact me, I can be reached at rhayes17@accessus.net.

Roger Hayes

About the Author:

Roger Hayes is a park ranger working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He lives with his family in Carlyle, Illinois.

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