Tag Archives: Press

Link

I can’t thank you enough for my freedoms!

Thanks to all the Veterans on this Day. I hope I can honor your service everyday, and thank you for my freedoms!

If you haven’t ever read this. Please click the link to “The Things they Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

http://pages.uoregon.edu/eherman/teaching/texts/OBrien_TheThingsTheyCarried.pdf

First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha,

a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not

love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in

plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day’s

march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap

the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour

of light pretending. He would imagine romantic trips into the White

Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope

flaps, knowing her tongue had been there. More than anything, he wanted

Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive

on the matter of love. She was a virgin, he was almost sure. She was an

English major at Mount Sebastian, and she wrote beautifully about her

professors and roommates and midterm exams, about her respect for

Chaucer and her great affection for Virginia Woolf. She often quoted lines

of poetry; she never mentioned the war, except to say, Jimmy, take care of

yourself. The letters weighed 10 ounces. They were signed Love, Martha,

but Lieutenant Cross understood that Love was only a way of signing and

did not mean what he sometimes pretended it meant. At dusk, he would

carefully return the letters to his rucksack. Slowly, a bit distracted, he

would get up and move among his men, checking the perimeter, then at

full dark he would return to his hole and watch the night and wonder if Martha was a virgin.

The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. Among

the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives,

heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy,

cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits,

Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of

water. Together, these items weighed between 15 and 20 pounds, depending

upon a man’s habits or rate of metabolism. Henry Dobbins, who was a

big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in

heavy syrup over pound cake. Dave Jensen, who practiced field hygiene,

carried a toothbrush, dental floss, and several hotel-sized bars of soap he’d

stolen on R&R in Sydney, Australia. Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried

tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than

Khe in mid-April. By necessity, and because it was SOP, they all carried

steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds including the liner and camouflage

cover. They carried the standard fatigue jackets and trousers. Very few carried

underwear. On their feet they carried jungle boots—2. 1 pounds—

and Dave Jensen carried three pairs of socks and a can of Dr. Scholl’s foot

powder as a precaution against trench foot. Until he was shot, Ted Lavender

carried six or seven ounces of premium dope, which for him was a

necessity. Mitchell Sanders, the RTO, carried condoms. Norman Bowker

carried a diary. Rat Kiley carried comic books. Kiowa, a devout Baptist,

carried an illustrated New Testament that had been presented to him by

his father, who taught Sunday school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a

hedge against bad times, however, Kiowa also carried his grandmother’s

distrust of the white man, his grandfather’s old hunting hatchet. Necessity

dictated. Because the land was mined and booby-trapped, it was SOP for

each man to carry a steel-centered, nylon-covered flak jacket, which

weighed 6.7 pounds, but which on hot days seemed much heavier. Because

you could die so quickly, each man carried at least one large compress bandage,

usually in the helmet band for easy access. Because the nights were

cold, and because the monsoons were wet, each carried a green plastic poncho

that could be used as a raincoat or groundsheet or makeshift tent.

With its quilted liner, the poncho weighed almost two pounds, but was

worth every ounce. In April, for instance, when Ted Lavender was shot,

they used his poncho to wrap him up, then to carry him across the paddy, then to lift him into the chopper that took him away.

They were called legs or grunts/

To carry something was to hump it, as when Lieutenant Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps. In its intransitive form, to hump meant to walk, or to march, but it implied burdens far beyond the transitive.

 

Advertisements
Link

If you hate Free Money and Books-Don’t click these links.

If you hate Free Money and Books-Don’t click these links.

Starting in a Few Hours. Goddess Fish Promotions is running an awesome Blog Tour for Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo). These are the links to a few of the amazing blogs that were kind enough to host information, ask great questions, and even sometimes show a cover, but always offer to giveaway Amazon gift Cards and some signed Hardcover books. *If we are already friends on Facebook, or Twitter, or you have seen some fun youtube interviews–You are already registered for free-but to confirm, you need to see one of these sites and click to confirm on the day listed below. Who knows-you might actually find some other cool things to see! But if you hate free Money and books, then just keep watching those virtual cat videos and please disregard!

October 13: Bookgirl Knitting
October 13: MAD Hoydenish
October 14: Our Wolves Den
October 15: Welcome to My World of Dreams
October 16: Coffee Books and Art
October 16: Unabridged Andra’s
October 17: Black Heart Magazine
October 17: Room With Books
October 20: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 20: Joan Says
October 21: It’s Raining Books
October 22: The blog of C.R. Moss
October 22: A Book Addict’s Delight
October 23: Celticlady’s Reviews
October 23: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
October 24: Straight from the Library
October 27: The Write to Read
October 28: Writer Wonderland
October 29: Margay Leah Justice
October 29: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
October 30: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 31: Long and Short Reviews
October 31: Literary Lunes Magazine
November 3: The Cerebral Writer
November 4: Zee Monodee – Author’s Corner
November 4: SBM Book Obsession
November 5: Bunny’s Review
November 6: Books N Pearls
November 6: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
November 7: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

confessions

Re-Question your relationship with God-and Jay Z!

Author Ben DeHaven is interviewed on WKKC-FM 89.3 MHz City Colleges of Chicago Chicago, Illinois “The New Sound of Soul” Radio Kennedy – King College

http://youtu.be/5IwjljMGTdI