[January 7, 2021] A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Bob Reilly, who told me about a new book that tells the story of 64 Edison High School graduates who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Vietnam War veteran Robert “Bob” Reilly is a man who has a mission. His mission is to make sure the Vietnam War vets’ stories are told so that America does not forget.
Chapter Six, They Served and Survived. It tells the stories of those who went to war and returned. It is in their own words, and their stories are emotionally moving. I asked for permission from Richard Sands, and he provided that permission through his publisher. Richard Sands names it “Ghost Job.” It is one of my personal favorites. You can read it here: Edison-64
“When I enlisted, the country was tearing itself apart over the War and those on my family’s side of the argument were saying that the enemy was just laughing at us while we were having to fight a war with our hands tied. And, no way were we baby killers or anything like that.”
“Ghost Job” tells the story of one man who survived the jungles of Vietnam as a paratrooper. He tells us about those things he did wrong, like his failure to carry enough ammunition for the 50-caliber machine gun. He tells us of his fears of being killed shortly before he departs from combat. And he tells us about his mom’s reaction when he returned home.
These stories are repeated tens of thousands of times as men (and women) returned from the Vietnam War. Down the street from me, a neighbor was a nurse in the middle of the war. She is proud of her service (as an officer in the Medical Corps) and her husband (an Infantry Officer). My community is full of Vietnam Veterans. I am proud to call them my friends.
Go to the link or navigate to the new website tab, “Edison 64.” Read this story. I also highly recommend the book. Also, you can read my book review from Christmas Eve. Please read it here: https://www.theleadermaker.com/reading-list-update-the-vietnam-war/