By Cherokee Paul McDonald
McDonald tells his tale "in the voice of reminiscence; as a author having a look back." He desired to catch the immediacy of battle second via moment-the tastes, the textures, the colours, smells, and feelings that experience stayed with him without end. In a sequence of interlocking episodes he describes the day-by-day grind of army existence and the phobia and brutality of energetic wrestle. He talks concerning the males who have been his comrades and acquaintances, and nights spent within the impenetrable darkness of steaming jungles underneath a triple cover of eco-friendly within the relevant highlands of Vietnam.
An indelible portrait of a soldier and of the actual and emotional destruction that's the legacy of all wars, Into the Green is a haunting chronicle of a spot and a time that may by no means fade from memory.
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Oh,” he said. ” “Beast does LP’s alone,” I answered. Eulogy “C’ mon, c’mon c’mon . . it’s comin’ in . . ” “Shit, we’re in the shit, we’re in the motherfuckin’ zone. They got us dead to rights. ” “Fuck you get down. Get down and die, we got to shoot, we got to move. ” “Left is weaker, the left, the left is weaker. Trailin’ off to the left. Watch my tracer, watch . . ” “Noooo. No! It’s too motherfuckin’ much. ” “Get down and die, fuckstick . . ” “Shoot the motherfuckers. ” “Who the fuck tried to throw a grenade in this shit?
Just their AK’s,” answered my RTO. ” yelled the soldier. “One of the ones we wasted back at the ambush site had somebody’s high school ring on him. Can you believe it? Had it tied around his neck on a piece of leather. Is that weird, or what? ” asked my sergeant as he gave me a strange look. 34 Cherokee Paul McDonald “Hell no, he ain’t still got it,” answered the other guy. “He ain’t got no dick and no ears either. ” I stared at the soldier, then down at the dead girl at my feet. “Let’s get the fuck outta here, Lieutenant,” said the sergeant quietly as he turned to go.
Before I could answer his old platoon sergeant spit and said with a hard laugh, “Don’t overanalyze it, Lieutenant. I don’t know if there’s a Vietnamese word for Bushido, but maybe that guy in the tree thought he had it.
Into the Green: A Reconnaissance by Fire by Cherokee Paul McDonald