Loose Ends: Short Stories Started During the Vietnam War

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Loose Ends is a collection of fictional short stories based upon the authors experiences during the Vietnam War. The stories are linked by the central character, Henry James Barthochowski, Cow for short, who is a Wisconsin farm boy caught between the draft, social upheaval and personal misgivings. Cow is a listener, observer, and anything but a cheerleader for military decorum. Young and impressionable, his enlistment in the U.S. Navy Seabees unfolds during a time social unrest and national uncertainty that even permeates the military. He knows how to follow orders, but also how to look around, behind and through them as only a kid can. And a kid he is, with two tours in Vietnam before turning 21 years of age. It is a time of serious business, but also a time of monkey business as only young men can make it.

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Henry James Barthochowski (Cow) is a Wisconsin farm boy transported to Vietnam in 1967. He is a Seabee and a kid caught between the draft, social upheaval and personal misgivings. Heavy action? No. Scrapes, strains and contusions? Many! Have you ever looked at a photograph that you could not quite place but clearly recognized because you were there when it was taken? Perhaps you held the camera, recall the setting or sense the suspense during that moment of déjà vu. Loose Ends captures both the object and the observer through the peculiarities of going to war in Vietnam and the idiosyncrasies of belonging somewhere, anywhere, other than where we were. Jim Zitzelsberger served two tours in Vietnam during 1967, '68 and '69. His first book, Cry for the Water Buffalo, is a novel based upon the intense emotional experiences of lives changed by the Vietnam War.

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Jim Zitzelsberger served two tours in Vietnam as a U.S. Navy Seabee during 1967, '68 and '69. Following his military service he became a teacher and coach with retirement as a farmer and writer.

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