Robert G. Kay Pass Me the Rice

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Pass Me The Rice
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Robert G. Kay

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  Born and raised in Northern New Jersey to parents of Greek-American descent, he enlisted in the Navy for four years. Attained the rate of Quartermaster-Signalman First Class and became UDT qualified. After the Navy, he attended the University of Minnesota receiving a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a BSME in Engineering. Upon graduation in 1963, attended Navy OCS and received a commission as an Ensign. In 1967,      he volunteered for Vietnam duty and was assigned as Senior Advisor to Junk Force Coastal Group 41. Later transferred to Staff Headquarters, he established a monthly Advisor's Newsletter, which won the Chief of Information's Best Newsletter Award for that Quarter. He extended his tour to become Senior Advisor to VN River Assault Group 24. With less than two months to go, he was wounded and medevac'd home. After his leg was amputated below the knee, he retired from the Navy. Commander Naval Forces Vietnam, Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, requested that he return to Vietnam to head a unit to assist VN Navy Disabled Veterans. His Anthropology degree made him a natural Advisor.  
 When the US Military departed Vietnam in March 1973, he joined the Defense Attaché Office, Saigon as the  Administrative Officer for the N-4 Logistics Office. After eight years in-country, he, his Vietnamese wife, and three-month-old daughter were evacuated to the States in late April 1975 when the North Vietnamese surrounded Saigon. He joined PERA (CRU-DES) in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as the Repair Engineer for Battleships and Cruisers, and after twenty-two years of Civil Service, he retired. They now reside in Pensacola, FL where he works at his writing.

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ReviewEdit A Must Read for Veterans, August 11, 2011 By Don Poss This review is from: Pass Me the Rice (Hardcover) Robert G. Kay's duties aboard Vietnamese Navy Junks patrolling the South ChinaSea and a Vietnamese River Assault Group, takes the reader along enemyinfested rivers and coastal waters.Pass Me The Rice is a raw, raunchy,and riveting `nothing is sacred' living testament as to `how it was'.
Vietnam veterans try to remember the good-times and friends. Pass Me The Rice is in your face with the good, bad, funny, outrageous, absurd and genuineugliness of combat.
Robert Kay's characters are alive and youquickly care for them, and can't help hoping they've survived the war.Experience the clash between negotiators and exterminators: Lazy ARVNand Americans,politicians, bureaucrats, media, and REMF's, vs. theWarriors -- only the warriors engage the enemy, and kill them.
Sail with Robert Kay as he is keelhauled and beached into a desk job with the Staff of the Senior Naval Advisor in Saigon, and back again for a second tour of diseased rivers, monsoons, steaming jungle rivers, bloatedbodies,wasted-dead, dead-wasted, and forest-stripped agent-orangewastelands.
TET '68 erupts with infiltration by North VietnameseArmy Regulars and the Viet Cong National Liberation Front, and the everpresent obnoxious politicians and dead journalists who thought they werein charge -- and TET '69 is still full speed ahead!
Ladies, PassMe The Rice is your proof that men, warriors, really are from a testosterone-laden planet. Firefights, crossfires, ambushes, sudden deathand a brutal assault surprising an enemy concealed for ambush that leaves 150 KIA of the 9th NVA Regiment. Standby to cringe at the method used to encourage a POW to talk, and visualize the outcome if he doesn't inthis page-turning first-hand saga.
Just when you're ready foran R&R after bloodletting KIAs, WIAs, MIAs, POWs, punjistakes ,minefields, experience a dustoff medevac up close and personal,then evac to Japan and the USA. "Goodbye Vietnam -- it was a hell of aride", and so was Pass Me The Rice.
I can hardly wait for thesequel that must follow, in Robert Kay's straight forward fast-pacedmanner,that will take us to The World and back after his combatwounds,amputation, and medical retirement from the Navy, then, withinmonthssee him overcome and rise like the proverbial phoenix returning as a civilian to South Vietnam, remaining behind in 1973 when UScombat forces are withdrawn, and leaving only days before the fall ofSaigon in April 1975. Pass Me The Rice, a five-star must read!
Don Poss
Webmaster, VSPA.com and War-Stories.com

Verified Purchase This review is from: Pass Me the Rice (Hardcover) "Pass Me The Rice" is Excellent By Michael on June 20, 2011 Robert Kay's Vietnam memoir, "Pass Me The Rice", is outstanding. It's full of details that place the reader alongside Mr.Kay, whether on an exotic Vietnamese island or in downtown Saigon. Mr.Kay introduces us to real Vietnamese and Americans that he knew. He reveals details of his life that his wife probably wishes he had left out. I hope his wife will let him continue to be forthright in the next volume of the memoir.That's correct. The 555 pages of the hardcover edition only take us to the point where an enemy trap changes Mr.Kay's life forever. Mr.Kay is forced to leave Vietnam for medical reasons. But he soon returns to the war. I can't wait to read the rest of the story.

A Vietnam Odyssey by a Navy Warrior, June 10, 2011 By K. Eberth Verified Purchase This review is from: Pass Me the Rice  The book spans a time from the Navy's Junk Patrol in the Gulf of Thailand, through the Tet Offensive when the author was transferred into Saigon Navy Headquarters, and on to the Riverine Patrol in the Saigon river from the infamous Binh Loi Bridge north through the treacherous twists and turns reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, where the author was grievously wounded in near hand-to-hand combat. Interspersed in this odyssey are fascinating notes on the rich Vietnamese history. Veterans stationed from the southwest corner of Vietnam, across the Delta to Saigon, and on to the eastern end of Gia Dinh, will recognize many places in this book. The author maintains a steady and exciting pace as he chronicles his journey. I could not put it down

Flooded with old memories By Fehrenbp on June 19, 2011Format: Hardcover Bob Kay has written a straight-forward, no-holds barred account of his Naval career. As a member of the Army 519th MI Bn, I was stationed atthe Binh Loi Bridge that marked the southern boundary of his AOR. Asthe S2/3 Intel Sgt, I accompanied him and Chief Shipp upriver and recall the blackened, gooey result of agent orange, and the impenetrablevegetation along the river banks. Everything he says is as I remember,and the details in the book bring a flood of memories from the past.Hard to put down and brutally honest.

Review of Pass Me the Rice by Robert KayBy Dan Penceon February 10, 2015Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase"Pass Me the Rice" is a must read for those who served in the U.S. Naval Advisory Group during the Vietnam war. As a former senior naval advisor at Vietnamese Coastal Groups 12 and 14, I can attest to the authenticity of Robert Kay's depiction of the wide variety of demands placed on those who had the privilege to serve in that capacity. Kay's trust in, devotion to, and love for the Vietnamese Naval Officers and sailors with whom he served, and for their families, is clear.
The narration is filled with conversations Kay had with his fellow advisors, Vietnamese counterparts, girl friends, bar hostesses, and others. The reader is left with the impression that Kay either: (a) had a tape recorder capturing every conversation, (b) kept a highly detailed diary, (c) has an amazing memory, or (d) created conversations when writing the book that convey the essence of the story. I'll assume it was the latter. My recollection of conversations with my Vietnamese counterparts is that the conversations were almost always more difficult than is apparent in the book due to language and cultural differences.
The Senior Advisor's lament of being kept in the dark and feeling like your counterpart would be just as happy to have you disappear comes through occasionally in the text, but Kay recognized that those feelings are just part of the fabric of the assignment. Kay did not write much about feelings of anxiety or fear that might be expected in a war zone. Perhaps such feelings were not close to the surface for him. Kay seemed to live in the moment with a commitment to making a difference for the Vietnamese people.

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