Nam-Sense is the brilliantly written tale of a strive against squad chief within the a hundred and first Airborne department. Arthur Wiknik was once a 19-year-old child from New England whilst he was once drafted into the U.S. military in 1968. After finishing a number of NCO education courses, he was once promoted to sergeant "without ever environment foot in a wrestle area" and despatched to Vietnam in early 1969. presently after his arrival at the some distance facet of the area, Wiknik was once assigned to Camp Evans, a mixed-unit base camp close to the northern village of Phong Dien, purely thirty miles from Laos and North Vietnam. On his first jungle patrol, his squad killed a feminine Viet Cong who grew to become out to were the neighborhood prostitute. It was once the 1st useless individual he had ever visible.
Wiknik's account of lifestyles and loss of life in Vietnam comprises every little thing from heavy wrestle to faking madness to get a few R & R. He used to be the 1st guy in his unit to arrive the pinnacle of Hamburger Hill in the course of one of many final offensives introduced via U.S. forces, and later came across a guns cache that avoided an assault on his enhance hearth help base. among the sporadic episodes of strive against he mingled with the locals, tricked unwitting U.S. providers into supplying his platoon with a 12 months of difficult to get meals, defied a superb and was once punished with a deadly venture, and struggled with himself and his fellow infantrymen because the anti-war circulation started to impact his skill to salary successful war.
Nam-Sense deals an ideal combination of candor, sarcasm, and humor - and it spares not anything and nobody in its try and competently express what particularly transpired for the wrestle soldier in this unpopular battle. Nam-Sense isn't approximately heroism or glory, psychological breakdowns, haunting flashbacks, or wallowing in self-pity. The GIs Wiknik lived and fought with in the course of his yearlong travel didn't rape, homicide, or burn villages, weren't strung out on medicinal drugs, and didn't take pleasure in killing. They have been there to do their accountability as they have been expert, aid their comrades - and get domestic alive. "The squaddies I knew," explains the writer, "demonstrated braveness, precept, kindness, and friendship, the entire parts present in different wars american citizens have proudly fought in."
Wiknik has produced a gripping and whole checklist of lifestyles and loss of life in Vietnam, and he has performed so with a method and aptitude few others will ever achieve.
Nam experience got Honorable point out within the 2010 army Writers Society of America
“…the top, such a lot actual portrayal of the lifetime of an Infantryman in Vietnam… A friend, female friend, or fiancée of a soldier who went to Vietnam will locate this e-book so much illuminating. For all of the remainder of you, in the event you learn just one booklet a couple of soldier’s existence in Vietnam, learn NamSense!”
Col. Gene Sherron, 11/2/2010
"Namsense is a good and practical account of not just the author's travel of accountability however the excursions of alternative Vietnam infantrymen in addition. i believe commemorated to have Arthur as an occasional visitor on my radio express and my listeners are all of the larger for it."
Lee Elci WXLM New London, CT
"As a member of Sergeant Wiknik's squad, i discovered Namsense to be an real and soaking up narrative that resonates with each wrestle GI's tale of survival in Vietnam."
Howard Siner, Staten Island Advance
“…provides an unflinching examine a 12 months within the lifetime of a grunt on Vietnam…”
Military background of the West, quantity forty, 2010