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    I wanted to share with the community the news that Steve Park passed away on December 25th, at his home in Tennessee. It was at this forum where he and I met, when I was doing research for some novels I wrote. He was always generous with his assistance and information, and soon we were working together on his own book, Boots: An Unvarnished Memoir of Vietnam. He moved home to Tennessee from South Carolina shortly after his wife passed away, and bought a little fixer-upper but that had horrible internet connection. Shortly after that, he was diagnosed with cancer, and despite surgeries and treatments, it was one battle too many for him. A private service is being planned for in the spring. I know it's been a while since he checked in here, but I thought there might be some who remembered him and wondered where he was.
    As me old pappy used to say, "If you can't dazzle 'em with diamonds, baffle 'em with bullshit".

    The Writers Block

    MY BOOKS

    STEVE PARK'S MEMOIR

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    On July 19th, 1966, I received my invitation from Uncle Sam. In January, 1967, at the age of twenty, I left my home in Tennessee, and was on my way to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. I knew I was destined to join the party in Vietnam. I had been married for five days before I jumped on the bus and became US government property. I was about to embark on a walking tour through the jungles and muck of southern Asia. This book is about those jungles, that muck and the realities of what had been pitched as a brave and glamorous life of a soldier in combat. There is nothing glamorous in humping the brush, a backpack containing your whole life on your back, an M-16 to keep you warm at night. Red ants, trip wires, flooded rice paddies, leeches and being soaked for a year in either sweat or monsoons aren’t what they show on the movies, and the John Waynes were to be avoided; those guys were part of the ten-percent factor. Among the casualties of war are the truth and common sense. A glamorous life? No, not at all. It was a grunt's life... and this grunt had only one goal in mind – to do his tour and get home to his bride. There were times where it seemed even that was an unachievable goal. This is the story of November Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Division – The Big Red One – in Vietnam. This is my story… a grunt's story, completely unvarnished.




    Thank you for your service. RIP
    Flag: USA / Location: West Coast

    Prayers.

    BoRG

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      It was an amazing honor to work with him on his book.
      As me old pappy used to say, "If you can't dazzle 'em with diamonds, baffle 'em with bullshit".

      The Writers Block

      MY BOOKS

      STEVE PARK'S MEMOIR

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        Changes “within myself, ” he says, “were to come quickly, subtly, almost intangibly within the next two weeks. I could feel it inside as I changed from sentimental ideals to the cheap reality of war, the ‘learning curve where a year of aging could be done in a month’ type of ****. It was something no amount of training could duplicate. It was part of becoming hardcore.”

        —Marc Leepson
        https://vva.org/books-in-review/boot...tephen-l-park/
        Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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        • #5
          RIP

          “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” -- Albert Einstein

          The US Constitution doesn't need to be rewritten it needs to be reread

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