By Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez constantly believed he might die in Vietnam. As turning out to be up within the San Francisco sector within the early Sixties, "Nam used to be there, simply over the horizon, just like the far away thump of artillery. His father and uncles had served in global battle II, one other uncle in Korea. quite a few cousins had enlisted. At nineteen, Ramirez determined to include the struggle. In 1968, the yr of the Tet offensive, Ramirez joined the U.S. marines. bloody excursions later, Ramirez survived, yet at tremendous expense. two times wounded, undesirably discharged, and suffering from survivor's guilt, Ramirez surveys the toll of Vietnam on flesh and spirit during this alluring memoir. Ramirez tells his tale in a voice hardly heard from the battle, that of a Chicano soldier. via tracing his roots, and exploring the cultural pressures and social demons that weighed on his relatives and group, Ramirez deals an unflinching examine the autumn and redemption of 1 Mexican American veteran.
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But my mother's brother Tony did graduate from high school and, in fact, was the first of his generation and the previous generation to do so. I would become the next to graduate from high school. Page 11 My father enlisted in the navy at the age of seventeen by lying about his age. It was 1944. Dad's two older brothers, Jesse and Peter, were already in the army, fighting Germans. Dad was on a landing support transport (LST), one of those ships that opens at the bow like a giant whale's mouth to let trucks, tanks, and men file onto the beach.
Although I never really discussed it, I worried that I would die in Vietnam, even long before I had made the decision to go there. But I had a twisted perception of how to deal with potential danger or conflict in those days. Instead of avoiding it like most sensible people, I would rush to it prematurely to get it over with. I played sports that way. I dealt with my parents that way. I fought other kids that way. I entered Mountain View High School in 1964. I also started a new job the summer before school started.
Dinora was two years older than Paco, and Joey, who was born deaf, was a year or so older than Dinora. Evie was the next oldest (and my chief rival for my father's attention). My dad was still making rapid advancements at his work. He was very ambitious and hardworking. After getting his first salaried position, he worked long hours to do his best at learning all his new duties and responsibilities. He learned things quickly. For a guy who didn't graduate from high school, this seemed remarkable to me.