Finding My Platoon Brothers: Vietnam Then and Now

Finding My Platoon Brothers: Vietnam Then and Now

by Glyn Haynie


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Glyn Haynie carries the names of 13 brothers forever engraved on his heart. They are the names of brothers killed in combat during the War in Vietnam. The bonds formed in battle are unique and not understood by anyone who has not served in the military. The men in their foxholes do not fight for lofty ideals or principles; they fight to protect the man standing on either side of them. For these Vietnam Veterans, there is an additional element included within this bond of brotherhood. That is the disrespect and abuse these soldiers received when they returned from Vietnam.

This newest book by author Glyn Haynie, Finding My Platoon Brothers, Vietnam Then and Now, describes his efforts to find and reconnect with his brothers of First Platoon. These men, with whom he served during the War in Vietnam, are a real part of his family.

Join the family reunion as these veterans get together and share their experiences, rekindle past friendships, and reforge their bonds of brotherhood. Travel back to Vietnam with the author as he visits old battlefields and former Fire Support Bases and reconnects with, and comes to peace with, the memories of brothers who died in battle.

This incredible story of honor, healing, and redemption will touch the hearts of readers in a great many ways. The author includes many photographs, maps, journal excerpts, and well-written descriptions that help the reader truly participate in this incredible journey. This story is a fantastic narrative that all Americans should read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998209562
Publisher: Glyn E. Haynie
Publication date: 02/10/2019
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

After retiring from the Army, Haynie earned an AAS degree in Management, a BS degree in Computer Information Systems, and an MA degree in Computer Resources and Information Systems. He worked as a software engineer/project manager for eight years before teaching at Park University as a full-time instructor. Haynie continued as an adjunct instructor for thirteen more years. He also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Graduate program at Saint Edwards University for one year.
Glyn Haynie and his wife of 32 years, Sherrie, currently reside in Texas. They have five children, fourteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Three of their sons have served combat tours in either Iraq or Afghanistan. This is a family in which service to their country is a family tradition.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue xiii

CHAPTER 1 Remembering My Platoon Brothers 17

CHAPTER 2 Searching for and Finding First Platoon 23

CHAPTER 3 Meeting Platoon Members After 46 Years 31

CHAPTER 4 The Plan for a Reunion 49

CHAPTER 5 Meeting Another Platoon Brother 53

CHAPTER 6 At Last the Platoon Is Together: The Reunion 57

CHAPTER 7 Overwhelmed by Reliving My Time in War 81

CHAPTER 8 Trip Preparation for Vietnam 87

CHAPTER 9 Planning Our Return 95

CHAPTER 10 Gathering for the Return to Nam 107

CHAPTER 11 Our Journey Back to Vietnam Begins 111

CHAPTER 12 Landing In-Country the Second Time 117

CHAPTER 13 With a Sunrise in Vietnam, the Adventure Begins 127

CHAPTER 14 A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions 133

CHAPTER 15 The Field Where I Died 145

CHAPTER 16 Horseshoe and the River Where We Bathed 151

CHAPTER 17 Mike and I Will Be Forever Changed 155

CHAPTER 18 Easy Duty at the Airfield 165

CHAPTER 19 Hilltop Where Bruce Died 169

CHAPTER 20 Going Back to Headquarters 173

CHAPTER 21 Unforgettable Days at the Rice Bowl 177

CHAPTER 22 The Damn Fire 185

CHAPTER 23 An Island and a Bridge 189

CHAPTER 24 Memorial for a Massacre 197

CHAPTER 25 So Many Memories 205

CHAPTER 26 Last Day in Vietnam for the Second Time 215

CHAPTER 27 Going Home for the Last Time 223

Afterword 231

Remembering the Fallen 247

Postscript: My Best Friend and Oldest Son 249


Appendix A: Daily Journal Abbreviations Explained 271

Appendix B: Fire Support Base Hill 4-11 and Surrounding Area 277

Appendix C: The Fire 287

Appendix D: Fire Support Base Charlie Brown and Bridge 289

Appendix E: Our First Loss, Fire Support Base Debbie, and the Rice Bowl 291

Appendix F: Fire Support Base Bronco 297

Appendix G: Combat Center 299

About the Author 301

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