December 1, 2013
Adventures of a Tennessean. By Lt.
Col. James Carl Duncan, USMC (Ret), Life Member. AuthorHouse,
1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com.
ISBNs 978-1-4817-4156-9 (hard cover), 978-1-4817-4157-6 (soft cover), and
978-1-4817-4155-2 (e-book). 177 pp. $24.99 (hard cover). Available at www.amazon.com
book contains a large number of stories that were told to me as a young boy
growing-up in Tennessee about the many adventures that my father experienced
while serving in the United States Navy. Many of these stories cover specific
events that my father participated in during the Korean Armed Conflict. The
events and opinions contained within the individual stories represent those
verbalized by my father. These stories contain rich and colorful language, and
they reflect a United States Navy sailor's life during the mid-20th Century. My
father, like all good story tellers, molded the events and experiences from his
life into his stories to captivate the audience as well as create a larger than
life version of what took place. Collectively, these stories provide insight
into the thoughts and concerns of the generation of Americans that fought in
the Korean Armed Conflict.
The Coast Guardsman’s Manual, 10th Edition. By Lt. Jim Dolbow, USCGR, Life Member. Naval
Institute Press, 291 Wood Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402, (800) 233-8764,
www.nip.org. ISBN 978-1-5911-4218-8. 544 pp. $29.95. Available at www.amazon.com.
of rank or time in service, all Coast Guard personnel find this manual an
essential part of their professional development. First published in 1952, it
remains the basic training manual for both enlisted personnel and officers
This tenth edition
is designed to bring the reader into the twenty-first century of training and
operations. New materials and photographs fully describe the modern Coast Guard
and its platforms. Updated information is offered on Coast Guard missions,
organization, and history, among other subjects. Continued emphasis is placed
on safety of life, protection of national assets, and defending the homeland.
From surviving basic training to facts about the Coast Guard's fleet of cutters
and aircraft, this manual is an indispensible guide to the world s best Coast
Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat. By Lt. Col. Robert L.
Maginnis, USA (Ret). Regnery Publishing, 1 Massachusetts
Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001, (202) 216-0600. ISBN 978-1-6215-7190-2. 256 pp. $27.95.
Obama administration has announced its intention to change the long-standing
combat exclusion policy that limited women to support jobs in the military; now
women can hunker down in foxholes on the frontlines. President Obama is dead set on eviscerating our
military by pushing women to the frontlines. He isn’t the only one to blame,
however—this policy is the product of a naïve culture that blindly embraces
government-hosted violence in the name of equal opportunity. But there is no evidence women are clamoring for
ground combat assignments. Worse yet, there is significant reason to believe
that women in combat will lead to a wide range of devastating consequences,
many unforeseen and unintended by proponents, but no less dangerous. Pentagon insider Robert L. Maginnis exposes the
cold truth behind this contentious topic, debunking barefaced myths about
"gender equality" in combat situations in his new book Deadly
Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women into Combat. Civilian feminists view ground combat as a glass
ceiling for women’s equal opportunity. They could not care less about our
fighting ability or the threat it poses for women and for the men they serve
Women in the U.S. Armed Forces are regularly
held to lower training standards than men. That means that when they’re called
into active combat situations, they won’t bring the same physical strength and
skills training as men do. In training, male Marines are required to lift 40
pounds, while female trainees must only lift 20. If a ship is sinking and the
only way to save it is to lift a 40-pound piece of equipment, the female
Marines will be less qualified for the task. On top of this disparity is a looming draft.
Security experts foresee another American draft within this generation; if
women can serve in combat, every male and female over the age of 18 will be in
danger of being called up.
Controversial and starkly factual, Deadly
Consequences is a resounding indictment of a policy that is bound to
erode not only the American military, but jeopardize American security and
society as well.
Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia. By Maj. Gen. Ira A. Hunt Jr., USA (Ret). University
Press of Kentucky. ISBN
978-0-8131-4208-1. 399 pp. $40.
In the early 1970s, as U.S. combat forces began to withdraw
from Southeast Asia, South Vietnamese and Cambodian forces continued the fight
against the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the National Front for the
Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF), more commonly known as the Viet Cong.
Despite the evacuation of its ground troops, the United States promised to
materially support its allies' struggle against communist aggression. Over
time, however, the American government drastically reduced its funding of the
conflict, placing immense strain on the Cambodian and South Vietnamese armed
forces, which were fighting well-supplied enemies.
In Losing Vietnam,
Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr. chronicles the efforts of U.S. military and State
Department officials who argued that severe congressional budget reductions
ultimately would lead to the defeat of both Cambodia and South Vietnam. Hunt
details the catastrophic effects of reduced funding and of conducting
"wars by budget." As deputy commander of the United States Support
Activities Group Headquarters (USAAG) in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Hunt received
all Southeast Asia operational reports, reconnaissance information, and
electronic intercepts, placing him at the forefront of military intelligence
and analysis in the area. He also met frequently with senior military leaders
of Cambodia and South Vietnam, contacts who shared their insights and gave him
personal accounts of the ground wars raging in the region.
This detailed and fascinating work highlights how analytical
studies provided to commanders and staff agencies improved decision making in
military operations. By assessing allied capabilities and the strength of enemy
operations, Hunt effectively demonstrates that America's lack of financial
support and resolve doomed Cambodia and South Vietnam to defeat.
A (Patented) Heart Disease Cure That Works: What Your Doctor May Not Know. What Big Pharma Hopes You Don’t Find Out (No Rx Required). By Capt. David H. Leake, USN (Ret), Life Member.
ISBN 978-1-4751-2292-3. Buy at www.amazon.com
E-book version available.
to Reverse, Cure and Prevent Coronary Artery Disease. No Rx Required! Six
months before his death 18 years ago, a 93-year-old genius gave mankind an
incredible gift — a simple, low-cost way to reverse, even cure, heart disease.
To keep it in the public domain, he and an associate registered U.S. Patent
#5278189 so that pharmaceutical companies could not control it. Instead, he was
made out to be an old fool. A desperate heart patient — allergic to all statin
drugs — decided three years ago he had nothing to lose, and opted to try it. I
am that patient, and after an invasive angiogram procedure conducted July 27,
2011, an expert cardiologist reported my heart to be "free of obstructive
disease." As you read this book you will learn:
- Coronary Artery Disease can
be reversed, cured and prevented
- Cholesterol level is
unrelated to heart disease
- Statin drugs do not reduce
death rates due to heart disease
- Side effects of statin
drugs are far more common than is being reported, and include permanent muscle
damage, brain damage, loss of memory, and more.
the lives that can be extended, the suffering that can be prevented, when more
people learn there already exists a safe and inexpensive cure for coronary
artery disease. This book is for them, and YOU.
Command Screen. By Cmdr.
Eugene Sierras, USN (Ret). Trafford Publishing, 1663 Liberty Dr.,
Bloomington, IN 47403, (888) 232-4444, www.trafford.com,
www.commandscreen.com. ISBN 978-1-4669-9427-0. 368 pp. $30.74. Available
as an e-book.
Michael Canseco has arrived at a defining moment in his career. After
completing a successful series of demanding assignments, he is assigned
Temporary Additional Duty to the Washington, DC, area awaiting Permanent Change
of Station orders. His assignment to the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs,
House Liaison Office, is to be for only a few months. He will work there
awaiting the results of his Commander Command Selection Board, commonly
referred to as Command Screen. While serving on what was supposed to be a brief
assignment, his life becomes involved with two women. Dr. Sally Rosenberg is a
brilliant research psychologist who is currently working on a highly classified
research project involving human transference. Lieutenant Commander Deborah
Barker is a United States Navy Methodist chaplain assigned to the Bethesda Navy
Hospital. A former enlisted religious programs specialist, or chaplain's
assistant, she experienced active combat while serving with the Marines in
Iraq. Michael served as Sally's escort during her testimony to the House Select
Committee on Intelligence. What happened during that brief association leads to
his assignment to her classified project, temporarily sidetracking his Navy career.
Their involvement quickly transcends a professional relationship to one
intensely more personal. Michael's friendship with his good friend and
confidant Deborah also more slowly transcends into a deeply personal affair.
Michael is assigned to a dangerous mission that draws on his entire previous
training and experience. This mission is one that places both him and his
flight of two Navy FA 18 Super Hornets into harm's way with potential
life-altering results. The success or failure of this mission has national
Full Moon Saturday Night. By Col.
John W. Ellis, USAF (Ret). Outskirts Press, 10940 S. Parker Rd.
515, Parker, CO 80134, (888) OP-BOOKS, http://outskirtspress.com. ISBN
978-1-4787-1895-6. 416 pp. $17.95. Available at www.amazon.com.
out of medical school with a $200,000 college tuition loan looming, Ronny
Campbell did not have a clue what to do. All he knew was that he had to do
something, and fast. He chose to try out emergency medicine first, get his
bearings, and move on to whatever would fall into his lap later. ER work
required no commitments beyond a month's schedule and it paid enough to keep
him afloat in a bachelor pad while he drove long distances to work in hospitals
in the southeast. The work was just as advertised, hours and hours of boredom,
then the inevitable terrors and gut-wrenching calamities. Little did Ronny know
he was also destined to be one of the calamities, brought on from simply doing
his job. A nurse, herself in a situation spinning out of control, turned out to
be Ronny's saving grace. A fast-paced insight into a strange life few are
fortunate to witness. Fewer jobs are more bizarre than the one Ronny picked.
Constant reflections on his dad's equally bizarre life as a nuclear bomber
pilot kept him focused when he needed it most to survive.
Notes From the Other Side of the Mountain. By former Navy Lt. J. Allen Whitt. Blue
Sky Writer, www.BlueSkyWriter.us.
ISBN 978-0-5781-2485-8. A Finalist in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona
Book Awards. 312 pp. $14.39, plus $3.99 shipping. Available at www.amazon.com.
turns tender, gritty, and poignant, Gary Reed’s tale of love in a time of war
follows him from the quiet security of a mountain village in the Southwest,
through the destruction and carnage he witnesses onboard an aircraft carrier
operating off Vietnam, and as he returns to the mountains he loves, where he
hopes to recover from his traumatic experiences and restore meaning to his life
by reuniting with Kristina Preston, his high school sweetheart. Yet, he and
Kristy discover that the brutal consequences of war have spread even into the
remote mountains of New Mexico, concealing menace within the shadows of their
Boars, Bazaars, and Bugging Out: A Memoir of American Families in Iran, 1975-1979. By Sandra
Kelton Pitts, with Col. Earl W. Pitts, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Hellgate
Press. ISBN 978-1-5557-1733-9.
1975. The Shah is firmly in power and Americans, including members of the U.S military,
are living and working in the country. But by September of 1978, when martial
law is declared and Iran is soon engulfed in the flames of revolution,
everything changes. This is the amazing story of more than a dozen American Air
Force families, transferred to Iran in the course of serving their country-a
transfer that literally transforms their lives forever. It is a story of
clashing cultures, improbable friendships, and, ultimately, the fear and
uncertainty that comes in the midst of social upheaval. Taken from diaries,
personal correspondence, official military documents, news reports and memories
so vivid and deeply etched that they have not faded with time, Sandra Kelton
Pitts and her fellow contributors provide details and colorful descriptions of
both their magical and mundane experiences in a country and culture every
concerned American needs to better understand.
Born on the Fifth of July: Memoirs of Frontline Nurse Captain Fred Phelps During the Bloodiest Years of Vietnam. By Col. Fredrick O. Phelps, USA (Ret), Life Member,
with notes by Chris Kassel. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4841-3795-6. 124
pp. $20, postpaid.
This book contains excerpts from a daily journal the
author kept during his year as an emergency room head nurse at the 616th
Medical Clearing Company located near the DMZ during the Tet Offensive in
No other book has ever been written from an Army Nurse
Corps Officer’s perspective during the Vietnam war. It covers the period
between 5 July 1967 to 1 July 1968 and tells of the tremendous number of
casualties and their injuries received in this military medical facility during
this bloodiest time of the Vietnam War.
My Enemy, My Friend: A Story of Reconciliation From the Vietnam War. By Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, USAF (Ret), Cumberland
Trace (Ky.) Chapter, with Fran Erickson. My Enemy, My
Friend LLC, www.myenemymyfriend.com. ISBN 978-0-6920-0007-6. 104 pp. $20.
On April 16, 1972, at 15,000 feet in
the skies near Hanoi, North Vietnam, Major Dan Cherry first met Lieutenant
Nguyen Hong My. In an intense five-minute aerial battle Dan shot down the
MiG-21 piloted by Hong My. Major Cherry returned safely to his base. Lieutenant
Hong My lived but was severely injured during the ejection. Both men returned
to the cockpit to fly again. Thirty-six years later, Dan Cherry and Hong My met
face-to-face in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, for the first time since
that fateful day.