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ISBN:
1574412922
Author:
James T. Gillam
Category:
Leaders & Notable People
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
Pages:
368 pages
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Rating:
4.3
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looks back on his experiences of Vietnam not solely as a participant in the war, but also with the critical eye of a trained historian.

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Gillam was an African American college student in 1968 when the Tet Offensive increased the . Army’s appetite for bodies. He volunteered and ended up in the Fourth Infantry Division, in the Central Highlands and later in Cambodia. looks back on his experiences of Vietnam not solely as a participant in the war, but also with the critical eye of a trained historian.

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Number 5 in the North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series. Original Title Overall though this book is a solid and well written entry in the developing genre of Vietnam literature. I highly recommend it!. Jim Gillam experienced real combat in his Vietnam tour. War In The Central Highlands Of Vietnam 1968-1970: An Historian's Experience. 1574412922 (ISBN13: 9781574412925). Overall though this book is a solid and well written entry in the developing genre of Vietnam literature.

Number 5 in the North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series " looks back on his experiences of Vietnam not solely as a participant in the war, but also with the critical eye of a trained historian. Although wounded several times, Jim did not leave the field for treatment in a field hospital, so he never generated the paperwork for a Purple Heart or two or three. uses an impressive array of after action reports, duty officer logs, battlefield reports, and other primary source material, to back up and reinforce his recollections.

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In 1968 James T. Gillam left college and was drafted into the Army. Books related to Life and Death in the Central Highlands: An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War 1968-1970. Gillam left the Army in June 1970 and within two weeks of his last encounter with death he was once again a college student and destined to become a university professor. Line Doggie: Foot Soldier in Vietnam.

North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series. In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry. In September 1968 he joined the First Battalion, 22nd Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Within a month he transformed from an uncertain sergeant-who tried to avoid combat-to an aggressive soldier, killing his first enemy and planning and executing successful ambushes in the jungle.

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Featured in The Vietnam War PBS series by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African-Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry. In September 1968 he joined the First Battalion, 22nd Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Within a month he transformed from an uncertain sergeant—who tried to avoid combat—to an aggressive soldier, killing his first enemy and planning and executing successful ambushes in the jungle. Gillam was a regular point man and occasional tunnel rat who fought below ground, an arena that few people knew about until after the war ended. By January 1970 he had earned a Combat Infantry Badge and been promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Then Washington’s politics and military strategy took his battalion to the border of Cambodia. Search-and-destroy missions became longer and deadlier. From January to May his unit hunted and killed the enemy in a series of intense firefights, some of them in close combat. In those months Gillam was shot twice and struck by shrapnel twice. He became a savage, strangling a soldier in hand-to-hand combat inside a lightless tunnel. As his mid-summer date to return home approached, Gillam became fiercely determined to come home alive. The ultimate test of that determination came during the Cambodian invasion. On his last night in Cambodia, the enemy got inside the wire of the firebase, and the killing became close range and brutal.

Gillam left the Army in June 1970, and within two weeks of his last encounter with death, he was once again a college student and destined to become a university professor. The nightmares and guilt about killing are gone, and so is the callous on his soul. Life and Death in the Central Highlands is a gripping, personal account of one soldier’s war in the Vietnam War.

Number 5 in the North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

“Jim Gillam experienced real combat in his Vietnam tour. His stunning accounts of killing and avoiding being killed ring true. Although wounded several times, Jim did not leave the field for treatment in a field hospital, so he never generated the paperwork for a Purple Heart or two or three. Although he would be appalled at the thought, his attention to duty was ‘lifer’ behavior, a concern for the well-being of his squad that represents the best of NCO leadership in any army.”—Allan R. Millett, author of Semper Fidelis and coauthor of A War to Be Won

“[Gillam] looks back on his experiences of Vietnam not solely as a participant in the war, but also with the critical eye of a trained historian. . . . [He] uses an impressive array of after action reports, duty officer logs, battlefield reports, and other primary source material, to back up and reinforce his recollections.”— Journal of Military History review by James H. Willbanks, author of The Tet Offensive

“Gillam, a ‘shake and bake’ sergeant, presents a good account of small unit infantry action during the war. He is very good at explaining the weaponry, tactics, and living conditions in the field.”—James E. Westheider, author of The African-American Experience in Vietnam

  • Dellevar
Was with the 22nd during that time. Good book!
  • Teonyo
A real page turner, I was in army in 1968, this guy really lived through war! He is educated articulate and has a nice style of writing!
  • Jozrone
Great story by a cool guy. Read this book, you will remember it
  • Faugami
Good indepth story
  • Mr.Bean
First my full respect to this man for his and his bothers service.But this book seems nothing more than a hole lot of mini-history overview of things he went through,which seems like nothing more than filler,mixed with " my squad did this,my company did that".

As such I think a different author with nothing more to go on than a service record and archive research could have done a better job without ever talking to the man himself.

I think there are some real good parts to the book but there was to much unit or war wide history stuff for me, Which is fine if thats what your after and i own many myself. Ii bought a memoir to read more about him not spend what seems half the book on broader things. book could have been so much better but failed to deliver. Not worth the price considering the top titles that are available on kindle for just $9.99.
  • Lanin
I just finished the Audible book. First, thank you James Gillam for your service to our country. As far as the book . . . I also just finished "The Boys of 67" by Andrew Wiest and Wiest's book was a far better book in terms of helping you understand what the soldiers experienced. This one was just ok. I suppose that I am glad that I read it, but I don't think I would read it again. It is like another reviewer said, it is more like "We went here, we did this, we went there, we did that."