Eye of the Tiger: Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam Audiolibro Audible – Edizione integrale
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“We live together under the thick canopy, each searching for the other; the same leeches and mosquitoes that feed on our blood feed on his blood.”
John Edmund Delezen felt a kinship with the people he was instructed to kill in Vietnam; they were all at the mercy of the land. His memoir begins when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam in March of 1967. He volunteered for the Third Force Recon Company, whose job it was to locate and infiltrate enemy lines undetected and map their locations and learn details of their status. The duty was often painful both physically and mentally. He was stricken with malaria in November of 1967, wounded by a grenade in February of 1968, and hit by a bullet later that summer. He remained in Vietnam until December, 1968.
Delezen writes of Vietnam as a man humbled by a mysterious country and horrified by acts of brutality. The land was his enemy as much as the Vietnamese soldiers. He vividly describes the three-canopy jungle with birds and monkeys overhead that could be heard but not seen, venomous snakes hiding in trees and relentless bugs that fed on men. He recalls stumbling onto a pit of rotting Vietnamese bodies left behind by American forces, and days when fierce hunger made a bag of plasma seem like an enticing meal. He writes of his fallen comrades and the images of war that still pervade his dreams.
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I made an error in drafting this review, giving the book one star, which I apparently cannot change. Please be clear. This is a five star book. If six were available I would try to give it seven.
Although often frightening in its authenticity, those of us who have been in the bush will be able to relate to the realities of his story, while those who have not may find it harrowing - despite Delezen deliberately leaving out some of the more graphic details.
Oddly for a story about the intensities of scouting, patrolling and combat deep in "Indian country" (as we used to call it), it is also sometimes poetic, especially his encounter with the tiger of the title, and even some of the combat is retold in poetic fashion.
For those looking for a "Rah-rah, Hurray for us!" or a "Rambo" type story (FYI, Stallone was a draft-dodger!), you'll need to look in the fiction section. This is a memoir of the dirtiest, grittiest parts of a dirty, gritty war (aren't they all?), and the tremendous stamina, fortitude, and raw courage of the men of 3rd Force Recon, as well as their foe.