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Rites of Passage: Odyssey of a Grunt

Peterson, Robert "Bullet" with Joni Peterson

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ISBN 10: 1878569481 / ISBN 13: 9781878569486
Published by Badger Books Inc., Oregon, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"Robert Peterson's death in his wife's arms culminated nearly 25 years of remarkable successes and disheartening struggle as he tried to cope with the unshakable experiences of combat service in Vietnam.Many books have been written about the Vietnam exoerience but none approaches the intensity and vivid description of RITES OF PASSAGE. For those who were there, the book is likely to trigger memories both painful and pleasurable. For those who didn;t go, we stand alongside Peterson as he dodges sniper fire or suffers the loss of a treasured comrade in a split second." This book has 396 pages and is illustrated. Bookseller Inventory # 027513

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Title: Rites of Passage: Odyssey of a Grunt

Publisher: Badger Books Inc., Oregon, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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A raw, powerful account of an infantryman’s life during wartime– complete with all the horrors and the heroism . . .

Robert Peterson arrived in Vietnam in the fall of 1966, a young American ready to serve his country and seize his destiny. What happened in that jungle war would change his life forever. Peterson vividly relives the tense patrols in the Viet Cong-infested Central Highlands, the fierce firefights along the Cambodian border, the ambushes and enemy charges. Daily he and his fellow grunts put their lives on the line, forced to follow orders blindly from higher-ups solely interested in reaping their personal glory.

Yet out of the deadly hell of Vietnam came a brotherhood–forged in blood and courage, sacrifice and survival–of men who continuously risked their lives for one another, whatever the odds. Rites of Passage is a shining testament to their valor.

About the Author:

Robert Peterson grew up near the town of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. In the fall of 1966 he joined the army and was sent to Vietnam where he saw combat as an infantryman. A series of promotions saw Peterson rise to the rank of staff sergeant. In August 1967, he was seriously wounded by friendly fire from American gunships, leaving him a paraplegic. Robert Peterson passed away in 1994.

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