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In the Last Years of a Lost War

Al Steuter

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204 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.IN THE LAST YEARS OF A LOST WAR is one marines story of war and lost idealism, love and redemption. Al Steuter recounts his Vietnam experience from memories reinforced with the declassified Command Chronologies of the units he served with, and the letters he sent back home to his girlfriend - Lois. The book describes how he came to enlist in the Marine Corps, and volunteer for Vietnam and combat duty, at a time when most young men were avoiding military service. However, this is not a book about combat. Though contact with the enemy was frequent and violent, the engagements were small-scale and brief. It is a book about Steuters involvement in the last years of a controversial hot war within the global Cold War. He served as an itinerant field radio operator on a succession of artillery forward observer teams attached to U. S. and Korean Marine infantry companies and artillery batteries. Steuter describes his service as an individual case of the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that combatants face. During his time in Vietnam he gradually shed the complexities of his Catholic Faith and youthful patriotism, in favor of a very personal relationship with God and a self-reliant attempt to do his best in a war which he came to realize was lost. Steuter left Vietnam emotionally conflicted, angry with himself and his country, and addicted to the tension and danger of the bush. In the end, a difficult but ultimately enduring relationship with Lois, and a love for wild lands helped him deal with the lasting personal struggles of a combatant living with the death and killing of war. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780988778504

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Title: In the Last Years of a Lost War

Publisher: Sandhill & Sun Ranch

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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“IN THE LAST YEARS OF A LOST WAR” is one marine’s story of war and lost idealism, love and redemption. Al Steuter recounts his Vietnam experience from memories reinforced with the declassified Command Chronologies of the units he served with, and the letters he sent back home to his girlfriend - Lois. The book describes how he came to enlist in the Marine Corps, and volunteer for Vietnam and combat duty, at a time when most young men were avoiding military service. However, this is not a book about combat. Though contact with the enemy was frequent and violent, the engagements were small-scale and brief. It is a book about Steuter’s involvement in the last years of a controversial hot war within the global Cold War. He served as an itinerant field radio operator on a succession of artillery forward observer teams attached to U.S. and Korean Marine infantry companies and artillery batteries. Steuter describes his service as an individual case of the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that combatants face. During his time in Vietnam he gradually shed the complexities of his Catholic Faith and youthful patriotism, in favor of a very personal relationship with God and a self-reliant attempt to do his best in a war which he came to realize was lost. Steuter left Vietnam emotionally conflicted, angry with himself and his country, and addicted to the tension and danger of the bush. In the end, a difficult but ultimately enduring relationship with Lois, and a love for wild lands helped him deal with the lasting personal struggles of a combatant living with the death and killing of war.

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Al Steuter was the second of 12 children raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Cuming County, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, including a tour in Vietnam on artillery forward observer teams. Following his service, Al received a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from the University of Idaho, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Rangeland Sciences from Texas Tech University. Over the next 24 years as a staff member of The Nature Conservancy, he authored or co-authored over 30 peer reviewed scientific papers and five book chapters on various aspects of grassland, fire and grazing ecology. In the Last Years of a Lost War is Al’s first book for general audiences. Currently, Al and his wife Lois own and operate their family ranch in the Nebraska Sand Hills. In addition to working on a second book, he also does private consulting within the U.S. and internationally, serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and enjoys sharing his love of wildlands with his children, grandchildren, and friends.

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