Introducing Paul M. Ryan, author of The Vietnam War Experience: Reflections on the War and Its Consequences

“I’m very pleased overall with every phase of the publication process.”

Paul M. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife. They are blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. This book reflects the author’s experiences in Vietnam and experience representing hundreds of veterans and others seeking disability benefits based on psychiatric issues.

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A view of the Vietnam War and its consequences. This book reflects the reality of the Vietnam War, and other wars, in terms of war experiences and events. Themes of this book include the psychological, physical and emotional effects of the war in the context of the war itself and in the context of societal reactions to the war and its veterans. Society as a whole reacts to veterans in many ways. The book conveys these themes through short stories and poems that shed light on the war, which are meant to provide insights into the war and its consequences for the warrior. The book also explores the war’s consequences to veterans in the context of their adjustment to society and to how society responds to them. While the book focuses on the Vietnam War, it provides a perspective of war in general. Overall, this writing is a testament to those who served in wartime. It is intended to inspire readers to think deeply about the ramifications of war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular. Those who served in wartime will understand these writings. Others will learn about war and be able to view war through the eyes of the warrior.

Introducing Tim Gingras, author of RVN

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First time author, Tim Gingras, is a U.S. Navy Corpsman veteran. After serving honorably for 4 years during late 1970, and further education, Tim spent many years in Chicago Theaters, performing Stand-up, Film, Commercials, and hosting many Chicago events with City of Chicago. All while having a successful full time career in Banking. After 9/11, Tim pursued work with Federal Government, and spent several months in Iraq War-zone, as civilian contractor during 2004. Tim retired from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after working in all three branches. He lives in Phoenix.

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Poignant coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. When 18-year-old Charlie Kinane, from Chicago, is drafted at the height of the Vietnam (RVN) War shortly after high school graduation, he decides to enter the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and pursue Navy pharmacy tech training. Charlie believes this will give him the best chance of avoiding war-zone deployment. His goal is to serve, but also to survive. Charlie receives his orders to join the 3rd Marine Division, at Charlie Med Base, Khe Sahn, Vietnam-a base regularly under heavy attack. His primary function on Charlie Med is to keep track of all medical supplies, including all controlled medications used for wounded Marines, but when Charlie is sent as a corpsman replacement for Marines on an overnight search-and-destroy mission outside the wire, he will come face-to-face with all his fears.

Introducing Neil Oldridge, author of Stuff I Remember: A Memoir 80 Years in the Making

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Starting in rural roots, Neil Oldridge spent a lifetime as an international business executive and Middle East firearms manufacturer. His insights, as shared in tales of hunting, fishing, travel, family and human nature, reflect a lifetime of observations and experiences on why we labor and how we play.

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“Stuff I Remember” is a collection of recollections about living and playing around the globe. From small town America through Navy service and Viet Nam, to a career filled with outdoor adventures, this book is sure to entertain, inform and amuse the reader with stories of growing up, life and living.

Introducing Jack Heslin, author of Thunder: Stories From the First Tour

“After considerable research, I decided that Outskirts Press was the best option for me. From the first phone call to Outskirts Press to the announcement that my book was published, it has been a very positive experience working with a very professional team of people. I strongly recommend this team to anyone thinking of publishing a book.”

Jack Heslin is a two-tour Vietnam veteran who flew helicopters in the Highlands of Vietnam. He completed a 20-plus year military career as an Army Lt. Col. Jack had a variety of command and staff assignments and is a graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Course. He has had a number of articles published in military journals. Jack has been awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with V device and 24 oak leaf clusters and many other medals and awards. Jack’s civilian career included 19 years with John Tyler Community College in Virginia where Jack served as a sociology professor, campus administrator, apprenticeship coordinator, and Workforce Development Program coordinator. Jack is founder and owner, along with his daughter, of Black Jack Enterprises, Inc. which is focused on workforce development and integrated computer solutions for business. Jack was a founding member of the Chester Rotary Club and is a life member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association VHPA, the VFW and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. He is the author of the award-winning website “The Battle of Kontum,” and the book “Reflections From the Web.”

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“Jack Heslin tells the powerful true story of his first combat tour of duty in Vietnam.He brings that long-ago war to life as he recounts his baptism under fire and his subsequent mastery of the flying skills and tactics so essential to his surviving some of the most intense combat of the war. He gives extraordinary insights into battlefield leadership and unit dynamics. He tells what it was like being an Army helicopter pilot engaged in special, highly classified missions supporting secret commando operations behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia. Jack writes of hovering below treetops with bullets ripping into his aircraft; flying battle-damaged aircraft, shedding pieces of rotor blades in flight; and many other harrowing actions.A fascinating read.” -William Reeder Jr., Author of Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam. “THUNDER: Stories From the First Tour” is a riveting account from a combat helicopter pilot in the period of the most intense combat for American forces during the Vietnam War, including Tet of 1968. Climb into the front seat of a combat assault UH-1 helicopter with Jack, and experience the intense fear and exhilaration of flying through a hail of bullets to save dying men. The intensity of the action is matched only by the gravity of the situation at this crucial time in the war. Jack takes you from his arrival in-country with an assault helicopter company, where, on his first night in Vietnam, the only thing he had to defend himself with was a single, silver .38-caliber bullet. The journey from “peter pilot” to being “Blue One” as a Platoon Commander and, finally, as an assault helicopter company operations officer in the Highlands of Vietnam will keep you on the edge of your seat as Jack flies into one terrifying situation after another. Feel the sense of power thundering through the skies of Vietnam, where you know any moment could be your last. Read about the top secret SOG missions into Laos and Cambodia where small Special Forces teams battle against huge odds along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You are there when Jack is shot down in Laos on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and fights his way to the rescue helicopter. Visit a leprosarium with Jack as he listens to small children sing Christmas carols and then travel in a jeep through the night under the protection of a Catholic nun. Experience a Montagnard ceremony with Jack and elite Special Forces soldiers where rice wine is liberally served and brass bracelets are presented by the village chief. This non-fiction book is the real deal. It is all real; it all happened, and Jack lived through it to return home to his wife and family.

“My Dad did two tours in Vietnam and your book verifies his stories. I believe he helped plan some of those SOG sorties. But, being MI, he didn’t get specific about his duties. At his funeral, one of his friends said he hopped helicopters to see situations for himself. Again, thanks for a well-written history. -Gwenyth J.”

Introducing Michael Rand, author of WW VIETNAM

“It appeared to me that Colleen was working 24 hours a day to help me!”

Michael Rand, is an Author, Architect, Artist, Aviator, Photographer and Music Composer who lives in Frederick, Maryland

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This book is written so that my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren hopefully will better understand my experience in the Viet Nam WAR. War is evil and life altering. Everyone who has experienced war is mentally and physically affected by war for the rest of their lives. This book will give a written description of the History of war, however the emotional, heartbreaking, actual experience of war is the only way to truly understand how traumatic war is to its soldiers. “There are no unwounded soldiers in WAR.” The greatest General of all times is SUN TZU, a Military General and Strategist who live in the 5th Century AD, he died in 470 BC. Many or the successful battles in the history of WAR were won by using SUN TZUs guidelines and teachings. In the history of earth, many of the Nations or Countries have been the most feared and powerful on earth at one time. It is constantly changing and evolving and will continue to do so. First it was the Chinese, then the Persians, the Greeks, the Mangolds, Romans, Germans and the Americans. Warfare is taught and sometimes it is not taught well. This is when many soldiers die without reason! On November the 23th 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated the world as we new it changed forever, the safety and security changed. “Older men declare war but it is the youth and the poor that must fight and die.” -Herbert Hoover. In the American Civil War rather than be drafted the rich could pay 300 Dollars and they did not have to go to war. In the Viet Nam war if your family was rich they could have their sons serve in the National Guard and they did not have to serve in combat. Many things that are taught to a soldier are complete wrong and will get you killed, if you stand up and charge and ambush, you will die. If You charge up a hill to take a hill, you will die. If Stand up in a fire fight, you will die. If You pick up anything in a war zone, you will die. If you charge a machine gun, you will die. If you step on a boobie trap or trip wire, you will die. If you fall to get down when you here the word incoming, you will die. You will need to learn these and many more examples of how not to die! The Vietnamese Army soldiers was brave, fearless and had been fighting war his or her entire life. They were seasoned, hardcore veterans and 100% believed in what they were fighting for unlike the American Soldier who had trained for 180 days and did not know or believe in why they were in Viet Nam they just wanted to finish their tour and rotate out of Viet Nam back to the United States. Landing in Vietnam, our plane landed at Tan Son Nhat air base in February 1968. I lined up to get off the plane a little scared and nervous not knowing what to expect. I walked out the door of the aircraft and I was immediately hit by the heat and humidity. I struggled to breath. The first think I saw was 150 soldiers waiting to get on the plane. All of the soldiers were very thin, they had a look in their eyes that I later learned was called the thousand-mile stare. The next thing I saw was luggage carts being pulled by trams, the carts were caring caskets of dead soldiers. The same planes that flew soldiers home also fly dead soldiers home in the luggage compartment in the bottom of the plane. A few days later I was told I was assigned to The First Air Cavalry Airmobile Division, 2nd of the 5th, Bravo Company Second platoon second squad. In a few more days I was flown out to meet with my Platoon. I was introduced to my squad leader Sargent Rust Strab. Sargent Strab was cooking rice and fish it smelled uneatable; it was Vietnamese army food. He ate the same food that the Viet Cong ate. His clothes and skin were the color of the dirt brown earth he looked as if he had never bathed in his life. He smelled like the jungle. He spoke pure war slang. He spoke quickly to me in Vietnamese De De Mow, and pointed to a fox hole about twenty yards away from his. He never told me anything that would help me survive the war. I later learned that no soldier wonted to meet a new soldier in country as they could be dead in hours or days and they did not need to think about a new guy. All new soldiers were called FNGs. Fucking New Guys. At dawn, I was told to pack up. We were to fly out at 0700 hours. Strab stopped by my foxhole and looked thru my back pack. He threw away my soap, tooth paste, cigarettes and deodorant. These actions keep me alive and taught me not to smell like an American. Strab again spoke to me DE DE MOW FNG. I humped over to the LZ and stood next to Second Squad. No one spoke to me. The Hueys started to landing and six soldiers climbed on each bird. Interesting no seats, no seat belts. Some soldiers just sat in the opening of the helicopter with their feet dangling out the side……

Introducing Kermit Watson, author of The Cul De Sac of Death

“Your support was superb and I include those who worked with you. Without the quality of support offered by Outskirts, the amateur self-publisher would be lost. No one would undertake to attempt to compose/write an initial production.”

Kermit Watson was with the First Infantry Division on this date, serving as Trial Counsel (Prosecutor) for the division. He is a retired 0-6 living in the mountains of W.N.C. with Phyllis, his wife. This is his 3rd book on combat in RVN; the only one factual in its entirety. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1963. His military awards are the BS, AirMedal and MSM (2dOLC).

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A massacre in the Republic of Vietnam. This is a factual, accurate report of the Battle of Ong Thanh, 10/17/67, in the jungles about 40 miles West of Saigon, not far from the Cambodian border, near the termination of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The words herein are the words of the 70 survivors (out of 144) of the 2d/28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. The enemy, 271stVC Regiment was an experienced and crafty foe; our bravery could not balance the massive odds against us.

Introducing Tom Bellino, author of Bac Si

“First of all I am very pleased with the production of my book, Bac Si: A Novel. I received my authors copies of both the hardback and paperback books and, as I said, I am very pleased. I am looking forward to marketing them. I want to sincerely thank the production team, Lisa and Justene. Their hand-holding through this process was extremely professional and kind.”

Tom Bellino brings to his novel, Bac Si, his years of experience as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and as a Navy Psychologist during the Vietnam War. An Emeritus Member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, he writes from Northwest Indiana and New Orleans.

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Navy Lieutenant Thomas Staffieri grew up in a gritty, multi-ethnic, steel town. He learned many things growing up there, but he could never imagine that he would take some of those things with him so many years later, and to so many different places. He learned languages, and found that he had a real knack for them. This language ability served him well in his field of psychology, but also propelled him into a situation which brought him into a moral conflict…..WAR. As a Navy Psychologist, he was assigned to the Hospital Ship Repose, off the coast of Vietnam. It soon became apparent that not only were his psychological treatment skills needed, but his language skills as well. During his internship, the polyglot had learned Vietnamese. That made him even more necessary to the mission of war, and that took him “in-country.” It was there that he learned what the 1000 yard stare was…..PERSONALLY. In college he met someone who would have a profound effect on him, for all of his life. Having left her in college, he soon realized that he never really did leave her, and many years later he had to try to reconnect with her. There was something only she could help him resolve…..THE WAR, AND WHAT HE DID THERE.

Introducing Wallace Williams, author of Stand Down

“I was very pleased with the overall experience. The individual who upgraded my book cover did an incredible job. I can’t wait to see what she does with my current manuscript.”

While serving in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, Wallace schooled hundreds of students in martial arts along with his other duties. After completing his military service, Wallace returned to college where he focused his energies on business, marketing and writing. Wallace Williams spent the last twenty years working as a regional sales manager in the new housing and commercial products industry. Through most of Wallace’s adult career, he maintained a second career as the head instructor of a highly successful martial arts school located in Northern California. In his spare time Wallace can often be seen on the back roads of Southern California riding his Chevy V-8 powered “Boss Hoss” motorcycle. Wallace’s passion for writing fuels his life with energy and enthusiasm. He finds this full time endeavor to be highly rewarding and extremely therapeutic. He is actively working on his next manuscript.

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A long term plan is hatched in June of 1998 to bring death and destruction to America. The operation is conceived, planned, financed and launched by a new Islamic power. They recruit potential candidates, provide a college education and upon graduation the trainees are sent to training camps in order to become master craftsmen in promoting terror, mayhem and death to their enemy. Each recruit is taught a specialized skill within the cell. When the recruits accept the offer to receive a college education and join I.S.L.A.M., they are locked into the program and there is no dropping out. The training is grueling and the stakes for the recruit’s successful completion carries life and death consequences as failure is not an option. In 2006 the recruit’s begin the dangerous illegal infiltration process into the United States. The sleeper cells integrated into nine major cities with large Muslim communities. The nine independent cells have an assigned handler providing financial help, housing, documents and networking capabilities. The handlers supply the needed networking capabilities to help them achieve the job placement specified by their superiors. Each cell is totally independent and has no knowledge of the other eight to prevent exposure of the entire operation. The “sleeper cells” have no idea when they will be called upon to activate and bring the country to its knees, raining down terror and destruction on the “Great Satan.” If successful, thousands of Americans will die and the face of America will change forever.