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Author:  George Brondsema

Title:  Born in the 40s, Raised in the 50s, Died in the 60s

Publisher:  Publish America

Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder

Moving and Gripping Memoir of a USMC Vietnam Veteran

Reviewer: Bill McDonald

I was moved and brought back to my own memories of the Vietnam War, by reading author George Brondsema’s sobering account of his life and his two tours of duty back in the 1960’s. The book, called “Born in the 40’s, Raised in the 50’s, Died in the 60’s,” is a good look at the soul of a PTSD Vietnam veteran. You can feel the emotional pain as he re-lives the events that brought about his spiritual and physical wounds.

During Brondsema’s second tour as a marine grunt up around Khe Sanh, his unit was hit hard. Most  of the men were wounded or killed. That event in 1968 has stayed with George all these years and today he is still trying to deal with those issues. What happened and how he handles all the terror and reality of war is what makes this book a good and insightful read. Other veterans may be able to identify with the author and perhaps, be able to recognize their own behaviors—so they can begin their own healing process.

The author takes us through several long decades of his live and what motivated him to keep moving forward with his life—even if that meant working three jobs and 100 plus hours a week! Staying busy took away the need to have to deal with the PTSD issues he had.

The reader will come away from this book wanting to give George a huge welcome home hug and to thank him for his service to his country. You will find some very raw honesty and emotional pain near the end of the book where he inserts his poetry. He gives a voice to his pain and spiritual wounds.

This is a book you will not forget having read. The experiences of this young marine grunt will stay with you for a while. His story is riveting!

 


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