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RATTLESNAKE DREAMS: An American Warrior's Story

Dean Metcalf

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Title: RATTLESNAKE DREAMS: An American Warrior's ...


Publication Date: 2015

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Rattlesnake Dreams is my memoir. It begins April 19, 1966, in the Viet village of Tho An, near Chu Lai. I was attached to Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. We are in the process of destroying Tho An, after we received hostile fire from the village. The story leaves Tho An to tell several chapters from my childhood growing up in Washington and Oregon, then a year in studies of engineering at Oregon State University, which I left in 1962 to get my military obligation out of the way. I joined the US Marine Corps, where I served 4 years. Then I entered Colorado College as a sophomore, studying Philosophy and Political Science. I was the Nam vet who always had 3 or 4 books under my arm, and was reading them all. I had to find some kind of understanding about what I, and indeed the world, had just lived through. I graduated in 1969, cum laude, then spent that summer in Leningrad, in a course of Advanced Russian language. My fellow students and I spent a few days on our way home in Prague, Czechoslovakia, arriving just in time for the Soviet Army to re-invade the city on the first anniversary of their 1968 invasion of the country. We were tear gassed in Wenceslas Square, and ran from the Russian troops. Besides those episodes, my memoir includes journalism stories from Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, Honduras, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Miami... always seeking some kind of answer to my life's question: Why War?

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Dean Metcalf is a US Marine Corps veteran who served four years: in Vietnam, Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, South China Sea, and the Gulf of Tonkin. After leaving the service with an Honorable Discharge, he studied at Colorado College, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He graduated Cum Laude in 1969, studied Advanced Russian Language that summer in Leningrad, and in the Fall entered University of California at Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness Program, pursuing a Ph.D. In the Spring of 1971, a post-combat nightmare (Dream: A6 and Wolves, RATTLESNAKE DREAMS, p. 311) blasted him out of graduate school and onto the road. He drifted to the Oregon coast, working as a deck hand on albacore boats, then returned to grad school and was advanced to Doctoral Candidacy in June, 1972, then quit academia again. Worked 30 years as journeyman carpenter and general building contractor. Trained in martial arts about 22 years, and founded Wallowa County (Oregon) Tae Kwon Do Academy. He has also worked as a wildland firefighter in Oregon, 2001-'02. Between jobs, for the last 19 years, he has been writing RATTLESNAKE DREAMS, his memoir of service in Vietnam, and of journalism in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Leningrad, Moscow, Baku, Kiev, Prague... always trying to understand why we go to war. This book is the result of that experience, and that study. It was written in the hope of keeping at least one, or a few, of the young ones alive.

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