A foreword to Drafted! from Major General Darrell Manning, USAF (ret.)
Many books about the Vietnam War have a political bias which makes difficult reading for those who were involved in the conflict.
This book is unique in that the views are at the “point of the spear”, a view from a soldier in the enlisted ranks which was very different from that of a USAF officer flying into the war zone. I flew fighters early in my career and eventually sat at the controls of heavy cargo planes. My first flight into Vietnam was in 1963 and my last was in 1973.
An experienced journalist, David Frazier provides insight, humor, and little known facts from the soldier’s point of view. His encounters with politicians and historical figures like Gov. George Romney, Maj. Al Thomas of the OSS, and General William Westmoreland, offer us a unique perspective. His fascinating accounts of the war and subsequent return visits, combined with great photos, make for a good read, regardless of age or political persuasion.