Title: The Shake 'n Bake Sergeant
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good
Signed Very nice paperback. No spine crease. Only slight wear. Signed by author on title page. Text is clean, unmarked, tight. (Shelf location: A) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Bookseller Inventory # 035121
Synopsis: The Setting is thirty five years ago. Sergeant Horton left Vietnam in a traumatized condition wounded badly from intense battle in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The Dustoff helicopter he was on was shot up and his whole company was surrounded on the verge of annihilation. Because of the trauma, past events about the war were shut out of his mind and he never looked back in 35 years. He was a Shake 'N Bake squad leader dedicated to his men and he was determined to get back home to his young bride, the bride he married 10 days before leaving Vietnam.
Since Sergeant Horton had blocked out of his memory the events of long ago he did not know what he would find on his journey. Did he conduct himself with honor? Were Shake 'N Bakes twerps? What happened? He had to go back and see. What is one's self-worth in life? What meaning could he find?
As he traveled through time his comrades from Vietnam appeared one by one. First, there was the Dustoff pilot who rescued him, appearing, like a ghostly image. Then there was Jerry Louchs the hero who was a fighting machine in one of the toughest battles of 1969. There was Sgt. White the E7 the career soldier. Young Sergeant Horton charged the enemy bunker complex with him. It was all coming back and the picture started to appear.
Through the National Archive reports and discussions with his comrades he connected to his past. Answers to the nagging questions of his self-worth were appearing. Now a successful businessman he yearned to know his inner self and he knew his past would have the answers.
The trip back in time began several years ago through the telephone and Internet, as he tried to remember the name of his wartime comrades and contact them. Re-establishing contact with a few buddies brought their memories alive and led to more contacts. Soon Jerry had developed a small network of guys all helping each other reconstruct their past. In addition Jerry had all the letters he had written home from Vietnam, and they gave powerful thoughts and feelings of a young Sergeant, whose hope for the future was the possibility of returning home alive.
We follow Jerry though his Army training, including Shake 'n Bake training to his last days in West Virginia. The central portion of this moving, dramatic memoir focuses on Jerry's life in the bush, where he learns what war is and how to survive it, gains the trust of his men, and works to keep his men alive so that when their tours are up, they can return to the World. We see the pressures placed on the common soldier by leaders who need enemy body counts, politicians unwilling to look at hard facts, and by a hostile media with their own propaganda agenda. We learn about war directly from the guys in the foxholes. Jerry writes an unforgettable mixture of vivid realism, poignant sadness and unexpected humor. Once you begin reading The Shake 'n Bake Sergeant, you will find it hard to put it down.
As the months go by, Jerry develops a powerful foreboding that a major clash with the NVA is inevitable, and the reader is drawn deeply into the action. The central part of the book concludes with a replaying of the traumatic, moment by moment events that developed into a major battle in 1969, when Sergeant Horton's company is trapped and outnumbered by the NVA fifty to one. Jerry, with the reader looking over his shoulder, relives his charge on the bunker complex that resulted in his wounds and eventual award of two silver stars. But more importantly, through his acts Sergeant Horton learns that he was true to himself and that he acted honorably on the battlefield.
After he is evacuated to a field hospital, we follow his recovery and eventual return to the World. But in every chapter, Jerry Horton writes a mixture of insight and humor that makes the book unforgettable.
Product Description: An unforgettable mixture of vivid realism, poignant sadness and unexpected humor. Once you begin reading The Shake 'n Bake Sergeant, you will find it hard to put it down. See www.shakenbakesergeant.com.
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