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Reply Melvin Grevstad
10:28 PM on July 23, 2018 
Dear Barry, I have just finished reading your book and would like to thank you so much for your writing such a powerful emotional book. I would like to mention that I was referred to your book by a cousin from Norway who is trying to get a better understanding of the emotional part of war that is not typically brought up in most books about warfare, you have certainly exceeded any previous work to date.
About my own experience as a USA Army infantry grunt in Vietnam I can certainly relate. After I completed high school I worked for a year as a carpenter until I was drafted in October 1966, had eight weeks basic training and then eight more weeks of advanced infantry training. Then I was sent to OCS and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after only one year in the army and just 20 years old! This was not that unusual apparently because at the time lieutenants were in short supply! I spent the next year at a desk job in the states and at the age of 21 was sent to Vietnam to lead a platoon in combat. I somehow managed to survive the year get promoted to First Lieutenant and sent home and discharged from the army! After a few years of trying find myself I was also lucky enough to find a wonderful girl to marry and have three wonderful children. I was also able to go to college to become an Industrial Arts teacher. After thirty years I was also diagnosed with PTSD and understand your journey. Thank you again
Reply Peter Riedlinger
7:46 PM on June 22, 2018 
Dear Mr H Jusr read. WDTM. I was conscripted and served with the RAE working with infantry, tracks and tanks. Thanks for the book. When you say how we had all the firepower and they had only themselves and yet they won really rang true with me. More people should make that point. For the record: service Number 1734049. Unit 2Tp 1st Field Sqd RAE. Tour of duty Nov 68 to Nov 69. All the best. Peter Riedlinger
Reply Joe Hitch
7:08 AM on May 7, 2018 
I have just read Tag so sad but so true. My Dad was in charge of an RHA gun team at Mons and survived the war. He was 45 before he married. Your book may tell us why. I also have books by Jill the Duchess of Hamilton, (First to Damascus) & (Gallipoli to Gaza) She was an Australian war correspondant in Vietnam. Many thanks for your book
Reply Lois
4:41 PM on December 29, 2017 
I have just finished reading your book which I borrowed from the local Library for my Vet husband. When he finished reading it I was told..I recommend you read this and it could help you understand what happened. It's taken me a while but I am so glad I did. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is. We have had some good conversation since. Thankyou.
Reply ScottNot
9:20 PM on October 24, 2017 
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Reply ScottNot
10:14 PM on October 22, 2017 
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Reply Barry Heard
10:13 PM on August 24, 2017 
Thanks, very kind.
Barry
Christine says...
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Christine
1:25 AM on August 20, 2017 
Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Reply Barry Heard
7:32 AM on May 7, 2017 
Thanks Carol, not coming up this year - you take care.
Barry
Carol Bookder says...
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Reply Carol Bookder
1:51 AM on April 2, 2017 
Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker