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A patriot after all : the story of a Chicano Vietnam vet
Ramirez, Juan, 1949-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 179 pages ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
920 Lexile.
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DS559.8.M39 R36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An honest portrayal of a life marked forever by the Vietnam war told from the perspective of a Chicano soldier.

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Booklist Review

The postwar journey of a Vietnam vet is a long, often tortuous path. Ramirez, who originally wrote this book as part of an undergraduate senior thesis, traces his life before, during, and after his stint in Vietnam: his family life in Menlo Park, California; his descent into drugs during basic training and stateside commission; the harrowing combat during and after the Tet offensive; and his tailspin stateside, which led to a dishonorable discharge for psychological reasons. And this from a young Chicano who had joined up and considered it his destiny to serve (and die?) in Vietnam! Some of his most fascinating passages come after his discharge, when war-scarred Ramirez became involved with the United Farm Workers on another battlefront. This veteran's experience from the Chicano viewpoint casts a spotlight on a rarely illuminated area of the Vietnam experience, and despite occasional lapses into self-martyrdom, Ramirez keeps it real; and we keep pulling for him to overcome his personal demons and his battle scars and succeed. --Joe Collins

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Dedicationp. ix
Part 1 Beforep. 1
1 Familyp. 3
2 Boot Campp. 27
Part 2 Duringp. 39
3 War Storiesp. 41
4 Quang Nam province, Vietnam, January 1969p. 49
5 Ambushedp. 59
6 3/3p. 69
7 Christmas, 1969p. 88
8 Second Tourp. 97
Part 3 Afterp. 127
9 Back in the World, 1971p. 129
10 Road Homep. 152
Epiloguep. 178