Rumor of War - Vietnam

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Angela Nguyen
U.S History Per. 2

Caputo, Philip. A Rumor of War. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1977.             I certainly enjoyed this autobiography. After reading this book about the author, Philip Caputo, as a young man enlisted and trained so hard to become an American Marine Lieutenant in the Vietnam War, it gave me a whole different perspective of the war. My views of the Vietnam War are usually from the stories my family used to tell me when I was little, but I have never heard it from the viewpoint of a lieutenant. I already knew that when there is a war declared, the war is always attractive to young men who know nothing about it, and even though the men know nothing about the war, the men drafted in the war are brave going into war risking their life to protect their country. The soldiers that have been drafted had their life change drastically losing almost everything they have, including their innocence. Being on the battlefield, there were many mines and booby traps around like it was connected to the Earth. It is very frightening walking around the area because one can erupt and kill the soldier. “Kill him if he’s lucky. If he’s unlucky, he will be turned into a blind, deaf, emasculate, legless shell. It was not warfare. It was murder” (288). I never thought that being in the war was that intense. Everywhere people went, they have to look around for grenades, mines, guns, rifles, or even the enemy around because they would never know what or who would be shot first. One day, Caputo and his platoon planned to ambush the Viet Minh at a village near Danang. They were settled to fire at the Viet soldiers, but they saw many people trying to run away to a place to protect their children, they had their doubts. Even when they see the all these Vietnamese people, especially the innocent ones, see many deaths and injuries through the battle from their actions,  all they have to do is face the truth and move on. When I read this, I thought...
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