Bloomington, IN, October 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- New Memoir Examines the Impact of War, Highlights One Man’s Tour in Vietnam.
Wars bring about many heartaches, loss of loved ones, trauma and stress. In his new memoir, Military Police Protection in Southeast Asia, Ray E. Jackson asks the question, “Do these tragedies have to be so painful?” and responds, “Well, the answer is unequivocally yes.”
Jackson chronicles his services as a military police officer in the Vietnam War, recounting his transfer to war-ravaged South Vietnam from Germany in the summer of 1969. Before his transfer, Jackson was briefly stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash., where he received jungle and guerilla warfare training, giving him the skills necessary to do his job under dangerous, volatile conditions.
Jackson faced special challenges as a military police officer. He describes the conditions of South Vietnam in harrowing detail, explaining the difficulty of trying to maintain order in an unstable region prone to unpredictable, devastating violence. He writes:
The military police played an important role in Vietnam. Not only did they have to keep order on military bases, but also they were involved in actual combat. We were trained as combat military police. By supporting the troops in battle, we built a great camaraderie and respect with the infantry. We were billed as the bad guys to most troops, but we lived by the motto, “protect and serve.”
In addition to sharing his personal experiences on the ground, Jackson provides a comprehensive look at the relationships between soldiers, writing that “the only true friends you had were your fellow military policemen.” Also included are descriptions of battles, weapons, and the experience of being under fire.
At times graphic, Military Police Protection in Southeast Asia serves as an important reminder of a turbulent time, not only in one man’s life, but in America’s military history.
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About the Author
Ray E. Jackson was born and raised in Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1973 and was stationed in Germany, South Vietnam and Texas. Military Police Protection in Southeast Asia is his first book.
978-0-595-52301-6 • 6 x 9 • Trade Paperback • 316 pages • $22.95 •
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