Chris Noble The Tragedy of Vietnam, Again

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The Tragedy of Vietnam, Again

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Retold at a time when history eerily repeats itself, in The Tragedy of Vietnam, Again, Christopher Noble shares a pitch-perfect and prophetic memoir of his experience in Vietnam. As sincere as it is alarming, in a rush of intense action, the author provides a bold narrative in which to stake a claim that Americans must begin to question their president and the media to set the record straight once and for all. Critical until the bitter end, his is a dark and at times comic recollection of his twelve months serving in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. With the certain air of bitter irony, Noble sees the cruel landscape repainted from the Far East to the canvas of the Middle East and is bold in his conclusion to compare the Vietnam War with the present day War in Iraq. He poignantly demonstrates how in both instances na´ve and patriotic American youth head off to war for a government who misled the country and the American press who fuels half-truths and lies.

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Having spent his teenage years living in Beirut, Lebanon, US native Christopher Noble later received a degree in business from Parsons College in Iowa. He served five years in the US military before he was honorably discharged in 1969 from the Army Medical Service Corps. As a medical platoon leader for the 1/1 armored cavalry, he received two bronze stars, a purple heart and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Combat Medic’s Badge. More recently, he has lived in Saudi Arabia, and with the Peace Corps worked in the Ukraine as part of their business development program. He and his wife have two sons.

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"What influences social responsibility, political accountability and individual social commitment? Such profound yet practical questions, which I suspect most Foreign Service members frequently ponder throughout their careers, prompted author Christopher Noble to write The Tragedy of Vietnam, Again. This memoir brings together recollections of the myriad individual, social and political events of the mid-to-late 1960s that influenced the mind of this sensitive young man. Chris Noble has never forgotten that he comes from a New England family with a long history of social commitment. That legacy began in the early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, inspired acts of heroism during the Revolutionary War and continued through distinguished military service during World War II and the Korean War. Imbued with that tradition of patriotic sacrifice, he spent his informative years attending college in Iowa, where he also absorbed the values of the Midwest. No different than thousands of other American youngsters at that time, the author was drafted into the military in late 1964 with orders that eventually sent him to Vietnam. There, as a medical platoon leader Noble aspired to live up to his the connotations of his surname by helping others. At the same time, the young medic accepted a duty to protect himself, his fellow soldiers and his supplies at all times, even when that required using deadly force. The author explains in detail how he and his fellow medics operated in the field and recounts the deeds of U. S. soldiers who not only saved the lives of fellow soldiers but those of the enemy. He places a great deal of emphasis on the relationships and the camaraderie that form among soldiers on the battlefield. Along the way, Noble describes the daily rigors of army life with colorful interjections of humor. There are also touching stories about overcoming fear, as well as horrific battle scenes in which he and his comrades are confronted with insane conditions and managing overwhelming obstacles. A quarter-century after completing his own service in Vietnam, the author watched with dismay as American troops were ordered to invade Iraq in 2003. That connection explains why I recommend this book so highly to my Foreign Service colleagues; six years after that war began. Noble raises troubling but important questions about the visibility and effeteness of the "do-gooders" in our country. Where is this generation's version of the street protesters who rocked cities with outcries against the Vietnam War - and the veterans of that conflict? What patriotism do we display other than "Support Your Troops" bumper stickers on the random vehicle? In short, whatever happened to social responsibility? Noble also touches on the subject of the media that played such a critical role during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in challenging traditional views of the Vietnam War and of the Vietnam veteran. In his opinion, today's media outlets have surrendered to the political regime. He also challenges our national leaders' reasons for supporting (or opposing) the Iraq War, and the credibility of their commitment to supporting and caring for its veterans. As his memoir's title implies, he draws a series of disturbing parallels between the two conflicts -- evidence that, lamentably, some things never change." --Dave Howard, US Foreign Service: Peace Corps 1995-1997

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