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"Our national president...enjoyed the book segments so much that he also went and bought a copy. Great stuff...thanks to Ray Gleason for writing an excellent book," wrote Christian Nelson, National Editor of Vietnow Magazine (Vietnow.com), in October of 2012.
What was it like to be a nineteen year old US Army infantryman in the highlands of Vietnam in the late 'sixties? Major Ray Gleason’s book, A Grunt Speaks: A 'Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Tales & Terms from Unlimited Publishing LLC, uses the terminology and concepts of the Vietnam-era infantry to explore the infantrymen’s attitudes toward their role in the war, the anti-war movement, their enemies and each other.
Gleason, a combat veteran, retired Infantry officer, college professor in literature, and ethics teacher brings a fresh, and at times humorously ironic, perspective on the experiences of young Americans in combat and their struggles to re-integrate themselves into a society that seemed at times hostile and embarrassed by what they represented.
Much more than just a glossary of Vietnam-era lingo, this fascinating compendium also gives the reader an insider’s view of real combat in the jungles of southeast Asia.
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Ray Gleason is a teacher and retired Army Infantry Major. While in Vietnam, Gleason was a rifleman, i.e. grunt, 11 Bush, ground-pounder, with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry ("Cacti Blue"), and he was also a Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) team leader with the 75th Infantry (Ranger). During his military career, he was an infantry company commander, an armored cavalry squadron XO, and a division and army-level staff weenie. Gleason has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He still has his poncho liner and P38. Gleason is a lecturer in Medieval Literature at Northwestern University in Chicago where he received a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and an MA in English. Gleason also has a BA in English Literature and European History from Hunter College in New York. Since retiring from the Army, Gleason has served in a number of leadership positions in the telecommunications industry. These days, when he's not ranting about lifers, REMF's, cabbages and kings, Gleason teaches leadership and ethics at the Culver Academies in Indiana. Gleason has pitched his hooch in Indiana with his wife, Jan Peyser, a prize-winning silversmith jeweler, designer and entrepreneur. Between them they have six children, five grandchildren and five cats.
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Book Description UNLIMITED PUBLISHING LLC, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1588321983