Grady Myers was an artistic but aimless teenager in 1968, when, desperate for troops, the U.S. Army overlooked his extreme nearsightedness and transformed him into Hoss, an M-60 machine gunner. His memoir Boocoo Dinky Dow: My Short, Crazy Vietnam War is by turns funny and sobering. Grady recounts his military initiation at Fort Lewis, where there could be a fuzzy line between training and torture. He describes the intensity of Vietnam, where an old man carrying a bundle of sticks posed a moral dilemma and a young man would weigh the burden of his virginity against the dubious pleasures of riverbank prostitutes. Grady's explosives-happy comrades in Charlie Company sometimes posed the greatest danger. But, in a dramatic ambush, that same bunch of crazy soldiers risked their lives to save his. To learn more, visit www.shortcrazyvietnam.com
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Having been there in 1968, 1969 departing in 1970, this book brought back some good and some bad memories.
It's a fairly decent representation of the grunts life in Vietnam, but there seems to be parts missing. I'm certain that this is because it's essentially a collection of war stories put together after the authors death. The clear clue I can point to is him referring to a specific helicopter pilot a couple of times as if the reader should know who it is, yet the pilot is never introduced at all.
Well, Grady is dead, and Julie is clearly just a friend who gathered up him amnuscripts and got them published, so I doubt we'll hear from either again,
Unfortunately in war stories, sometimes the humor just doesn't translate and 'you had to be there'. That is the case with this book. Though I'm certain that when Grady was telling them, the stories were side splitters, that is unfortunately not the case with the audiobook.
- Paul Fox