Book Review: The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir) by David W. Mulldunecategories: Book, Vietnam War, Vietnam Memoir, U.S. Wars, Military Non-Fiction, U.S. Marines, Vietnam War Memoir
David W. Mullduneabout this book: • "…This down and dirty memoir rates up there at the top with Ernest Spencer's Welcome to Vietnam, Macho Man, and Karl Marlantes' novel, Matterhorn, for bald honesty and hard-hitting language and description of the unspeakable things that happen in war…
…If you have the time to read only one Marine Corps grunt novel dealing with the teenagers who fought in Vietnam, I'd recommend this one. It held my attention throughout even though I've read dozens of Vietnam War memoirs…"
This one has a vigor and immediacy that often astonished me. How Mulldune came up with the wealth of physical detail on every page after so many decades is beyond me, but he never overreaches or tests believability. David Mulldune has done great things in this book by finding his 19-year-old Marine Corps voice and maintaining it throughout with no lapses...
— Vietnam Veterans of America review by David Willson (See full review on the Vietnam Veterans of America website)
• "The Mailman Went UA (A Vietnam Memoir) …It will be devastating, unreadable to those who did not serve. The actions remembered here, of young men in combat, will seem appalling after all these years, to those who participated. They were. But it is what it is, and it is all true. Mr. Mulldune has absolutely told it like it was; to be a 19 year old Marine in America's dirtiest war…"
— Military Writers of America (MWSA) review by Bob Flournoy (See full review on the MWSA website)
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eye openerEven though I was about 14 at the time, I didn't have a clue about the politics of this war...I should have, this book was such an eye opener for me.
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