CIB: Combat Infantryman Badge: A Novel of the Mechanized Infantry in Vietnam

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Book One of the Philip Lawson Saga.

Specialist Fourth Class Philip Lawson arrives in Vietnam after re-enlisting with the promise of assignment as a helicopter door-gunner. But when he arrives in country he is assigned as a replacement to a mechanized infantry ­company and his dreams of action in the sky over Vietnam evaporate in a haze of red dust and sweltering humidity.

Phil sets out with a youthful desire to prove not only who he is to himself, but also to earn the confidence and respect of the more experienced men around him. It's not long before action finds him and he discovers the immense physical, psychological and mortal toll he must face to gain his comrades' respect and quiet his own lurking fears. The misery and daily quest for survival are leavened by the combat soldiers' unbreakable bond, and a cast of eccentric pets and mascots that ride the M113 "tracks" with the mechanized grunts. But further complicating Phil's life is the unexpected arrival in the combat zone of Captain Paul Lawson, the domineering older brother whose influence he has been trying to escape for years.

During his R&R in Sydney, though worried that the war may have forever hardened and brutalized him, Phil finds love and the promise of a bright new future-if he can survive his tour of duty. Ultimately he must fight alongside the hardened soldiers who will become his brothers, against an unseen and ruthless enemy to earn the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge.

Philip Lawson's journey continues in ROE: Rules of Engagement.

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Suddenly the horizon beyond the jungle lit up, painting the bottoms of the ­scattered low cumulus clouds in flickering shades of white, yellow, and orange. Many seconds later, a low rumble reached them...
    "Redlegs. Artillery. Big stuff by the sound of it. Eight-inchers or 175's, maybe."
    Unexpectedly, first one, then a second and third point of light blossomed in the western sky. The burning lights cast more stable illumination on the upper lobes of the clouds than had the cannon shell explosions. The descending flares left bright, smoky yellow trails, lighting the clouds from within and then emerging below as they drifted slowly to the left. When the first set was nearly eclipsed by the intervening vegetation, another string of lights was born and began its gradual descent.
    "Spooky," said B.J.
    "Yeah," agreed Phil. "Weird."
    B.J. chuckled. "No, I mean it's called 'Spooky'. It's an AC-47 gunship. Some guys call it 'Puff the Magic Dragon' too.
    "You mean like the C-47's the paratroopers jumped out of in World War II? My Uncle Paul was one of those guys. He made the jump across the Rhine."
    "You got me. I guess so. Never saw one close-up in the daytime. But if you ever see one working a target, you won't never forget it. They got three 7.62 miniguns that fire out one side of the plane and they just keep circling and shooting until there ain't nothing left alive that can shoot back."...
    As if on cue, a shimmering red line extended from a black patch of sky, rapidly growing longer until it reached the ground, which seemed to absorb it. "There! That's Puff."
    Because of the distance and close proximity of the miniguns, the three streams of tracers appeared as one, glittering ruby line. It hung there, tying earth and sky together for a few seconds and then tipped from the vertical, like a falling tree, as the plane orbited its target on the ground. Abruptly the fiery column was drawn into the land, becoming steadily shorter, until it vanished. The mesmerizing performance had been made even more fantastic by its utter silence. The distant muttering of the artillery had ceased while Puff worked the target.
    Lawson thought it was one of the most beautiful sights he had ever seen. He might have felt differently if he had been able to see the gunners scrambling to reload the guns in their noisy aircraft at the top end of the dazzling line, and the torn, bleeding, dying men at the bottom.
    "Get some, Puff!" rooted B.J. The spectacle was repeated from a different spot in the darkness. They could see a splatter of ricochets where the streams of bullets hosed the earth.
    "Wow!" Phil breathed. "With all this firepower, it's just a matter of time before we beat the VC, don't you think?" B.J.'s face scrunched up and his mouth dropped open, but before he could respond, Lawson continued. "You know, I was worried this'd be over before I got here. What do the Viet Cong have that could even come close to that?"

About the Author:

W.J. "Bill" Rambow, who grew up in Blue Island and Chicago, Illinois, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. He served with C Company, 2/47th Infantry (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam from March '67 to March '68 as both Light and Heavy Weapons Infantryman.

After a total of five years in the Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant at the age of 22, Bill was selected as one of the nation's first "Sky Marshals" in 1971, flying aboard Eastern Airlines' Boeing 747's out of JFK International Airport in New York.

During the course of a 34 year career with the U.S. Customs Service, he was an Inspector at Washington Dulles International Airport, then Port Director of Alexandria, Virginia, supervising the Customs facility at Andrews AFB for the last twenty years before his retirement in 2004.

Bill now occupies his time as the webmaster for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum of Reading, PA. and heads an international team of volunteers who develop computer flight simulator aircraft to benefit the museum. He enjoys kayak touring and camping on the islands of the Chesapeake Bay and lives with Vicki, his wife of 42 years, and a pack of Golden Retrievers in Laurel, Maryland.

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