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OinK! Only in Korea! In 1980, years after Vietnam and even more years before Desert Storm, America was experiencing a seventeen-year period of peace. One of the few places a young army officer could find adventure was on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea, Freedom's Frontier. The second day in-country, the lieutenant was no longer a Korean cherry boy. Hours later he found himself inside the DMZ. By the end of the week, he was wounded. As the intelligence officer for the battalion, he knew the area around the DMZ was a dangerous place. The minefields took many casualties, small arms fire got others, and artillery short rounds claimed even more, leading up to the bizarre episode of a missing severed hand and the search for the diamond ring that was no longer on it. Even something as simple as crossing the Imjin River after the monsoons turned deadly. And then there was the most feared affliction of all, catching river blindness. It's not a disease – it's going down to the river and getting your eyes shot out. The lieutenant's daily routine was anything but routine. The averages told the story: a shooting incident every ten days with thirty-three combat related deaths during the year. The patrols were long and cold, the guard posts were desolate, and Freedom Bridge operations droned on until enemy frogmen shattered the monotony. Peace, in that part of the world, had a unique definition. As they say, the DMZ isn't hell but you can see it from there. Those who worked hard also played hard. The parties were so wild that they fell into the category of “that which didn't kill you made you stronger”. The eleven and a half months in Korea provided more experiences than ever expected, especially the ending, when the lieutenant's twelve-month tour was cut short in a most unusual way by a booby trap. This 'slice of life' novel is obviously military genre and is definitely memoir-ish. The story is steeped in facts because the author is the lieutenant intelligence officer who journeyed to the Korean DMZ – and paid the price with a severe and lasting physical wound and a psychological scar that, to this day, haunts him from time to time. This is not going to be the next great American novel and it won't win any awards. However, it is an interesting story, like the ones told around the kitchen table or over drinks. When told, people become quiet, and listen. The reader will be completely entertained and amazed at what happened to one man in the Land of the Not Quite Right. Go to any bookstore and you will see racks of books about Vietnam, World War II and Iraq/Afghanistan. Noticeably missing are books about Korea. This is an exceptional military tale not only because it takes place in Korea, but it is also about a peacetime military and the sacrifices soldiers make even when they are not at war. OinK! Only in Korea! is a must read for a veteran and there are millions of them who have served in Korea during the time of the truce. This book brings to people a story that should be told and will allow “the lieutenant” to finally lay his peacetime “war” to rest.
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David Osterhout grew up in east Texas and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Criminal Justice, He joined the Army as an Intelligence Officer and was stationed on the DMZ in Korea. After a career changing injury, he attended Southwest Texas State University receiving a degree in Accounting. He was hired by the Texas Department of State Health Services and worked in the administrative offices of the state hospital in San Antonio, Texas. While in San Antonio he attended Our Lady of The Lake University and received a Masters of Business Administration. Four hospitals and 32 years later, he is an Assistant Superintendent, with retirement right around the corner. After the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center, he joined the Texas State Guard and had the honor of commanding the 39th Military Police Brigade during relief operations for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Colonel Osterhout is now assigned to the Texas State Guard headquarters. A two-time cancer survivor, he lives in El Paso, Texas with his wife Cheryl and his two little rescue dogs, Lucy and Wilson.Review:
"This book was the most interesting book I have read in years." - Army Dependent "I love this book." - Army Medic "Reading this book brought back a flood of memories." - Korean Veteran "I laughed out loud." - Korean Veteran "I didn't feel like I was reading a book, rather I was listening to a story told by a friend who shares some of his deepest thoughts and unique experiences." - Retired Army Major "I found myself unable to put this book down." - Retired Army CW3 "Wonderful memoir." - Clinical Psychologist "I found this book to be funny and heartbreaking; realistic and tough, with no holding back." - Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel "This book was one of the best and most entertaining I have read in a long time." - Sergeant Veteran."
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1508472602