TALK ABOUT A MESS, It Happened in Vietnam
by Terrance R. Dinan|
Book Website: http://http://www.messhallpublishing.com
340 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9
This is a riveting account of the inept and incredible, brilliant and absurd, hilarious and sometimes tragic events witnessed by Lieutenant Terrance R. Dinan in Vietnam from April 1967 to November 1968. If you have ever served anywhere at any time and/or understand the meaning of SNAFU, this is a must read.-Lieutenant Dinan was a member of Advisory Team #96, Command Team of MACV IV, headquartered in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and billeted at Eakin Compound. He writes: “I learned about an exceptional culture and its people in a remarkably beautiful and abundant land, even as it was caught in the disaster of war. I learned to understand the qualities of true leadership while experiencing the exercise of power and position at its best and at its worst. I experienced the light of levity. Though dark and daunting as many encounters in life may be, there bubbles to the surface that humorous element inherent in most human endeavors that somehow balances our thinking and keeps our heads about us when reason is unreasonable. The events he recounts prove man‘s capacity to find honor and humor under the most dire of circumstances. This book is even funnier than the MASH TV series.
About The Author
Terry Dinan was born in the Bronx where he attended public schools, graduating from Evander Childs High School in 1961. He earned his Bachelor of Science from New York City College of Technology and his Master of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Today he is an adjunct professor in the Hospitality Department of New York City College of Technology.Prior to joining the Army of the United States, he spent two exciting years in the kitchen of the world renowned “21” Club where he achieved the noteworthy positions of Chef Decorateur and Chef Poisonniére. After basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, he attended Intelligence School at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, MD, where he earned the enlisted rank of corporal. In June 1966, he and 124 other hopefuls reported to Company C, 1st Battalion, Quartermaster Officers Candidate School at Fort Lee, VA. In January 1967, he and the other 66 survivors of the six month course were commissioned as officers and gentlemen by order of the President of the United States.His first and only duty assignment was Custodian of the Can Tho Mess Association at Eakin Compound in the capital city of the Mekong Delta.Terry and his wife live in New York City.
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