ISBN: 0-9741136-3-8, Hardcover, $21.95 US ($28.95 CAN), 256 pages
GI WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM was
deeply affected by the experience. This is the story of one soldier who was able
to cope by seeing the humorous side of otherwise sad and depressing events. His
story brings to light that, no matter how dire a situation appears to be, there
is always something funny beneath the surface. From attack peacocks to brothels
being run as legitimate businesses, the fun never ends. Capt. Fournier seems to
always be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here, for the first time, he reveals some of the things that went on that no one
had any idea about. You will cry and you will laugh at the incidents that grabbed
Capt. Fournier by the family jewels. This story is truly about humor in uniform.
from Kamikaze Peacocks & Oink, Coming of Age in an Unfunny War:
the biggest lyin' piece of shit I've ever seen. You've been in a bar fight,
right?" Still incredulous, he eyed me with obvious disdain and disbelief. All
I could do was stand there dumbly in my guard duty uniform while droplets of blood
dripped down my face and onto the floor. I took a deep breath and tried
to explain again. "Wrong again, swabbie," I insisted. "Goddammit,
I was attacked by peacocks."
North Vietnamese colonel had made his mark with me. I was at a loss to explain.
Anything I have believed in the past I now called into question in light of our
conversation. Right? Wrong? Yes? No? Who had the answers? I tried to get back
to the object of the interrogation, but information about enemy troop strength
and locations no long seemed as important as the relationship being forged between
two men on opposite sides of an ideology.
brazenly replied, "Colonel, any other words just won't do. You
are not authorized to enter and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent
your entry." All of a sudden a wave of calm washed over me. No
matter what I did, I had fellow officers and the Army regulations behind me. I
became resolute and authoritative. I was going to seize the situation and take
whatever actions were necessary. I had had enough bullshit from every quarter.
Now I decided to follow my intuition right or wrong! "Take one more step,
Sir, and the guard will have to shoot you!"
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