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The Dancing Leaves: Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn

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The Dancing Leaves

Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn
  • by Pierre Gerard
    • Merriam Press Vietnam War Fiction
      • 416 6x9-inch pages
      • 41 photos depicting the author's Vietnam tour
  • eBook Edition
    • TBA
Although written as fiction, this work is based on the author's personal experiences as a Vietnam veteran encountering other vets at the Veterans Administration (VA) in New York City at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

The author served in the U.S. Army, Security Police, and Soc Trang, Vietnam during his 1967–1968 tour of duty.

Contents

Foreword
Poetry: The Dancing Leaves
Nam Story: The Bunker
Chapter 1: Welcome to the VA
Chapter 2: Bensonhurst
Chapter 3: Adara
Chapter 4: A Soft Gauze Over Their Wounded Minds
Chapter 5: Home Away from Home
Chapter 6: A Mentor–A Case Officer’s Case Officer
Chapter 7: The War Hero
Chapter 8: Take Your Medication
Chapter 9: VA Mother
Chapter 10: Thousand-Meter Stare
Chapter 11: Their Real Meeting Ground—Loneliness
Chapter 12: A Good American Boy
Chapter 13: They Wear Their Ribbons Inside Their Hearts
Chapter 14: Psychiatric Trauma Unit
Chapter 15: Therapy, Sociopaths, and Crime Bosses
Chapter 16: Shrapnel Was Deeply Embedded in His Psyche
Chapter 17: Dirty Business
Chapter 18: It Was A Good Feeling
Chapter 19: Freakin’ Bunch of Weirdos
Chapter 20: The Human Mules Coming in From Tingo María
Chapter 21: It’s Like Old Home Week
Chapter 22: Equal Opportunity Employer
Chapter 23: Phoenix Program
Chapter 24: Interpol
Chapter 25: Just Good Friendship
Chapter 26: Cacophony Rising
Chapter 27: Anything for You, My Brother
Chapter 28: Just Before the Spring of the Betty Went Off
Chapter 29: Flashback
Chapter 30: Organized Crime
Chapter 31: You’re My Friend. I Won’t Question It
Chapter 32: Slowly, Like a Small Serpent
Chapter 33: Clenching and Unclenching His Fists
Chapter 34: AWOL
Chapter 35: Sin Loi—Papa-San—Gone
Chapter 36: The Face of the Nameless Would Appear Before Him at Night
Chapter 37: A Connection Had Occurred
Chapter 38: Capo and Boss of the Twenty-Seventh Cosa Nostra Family in the United States of America
Chapter 39: Green Explosion—The Vietnam Experience
Chapter 40: Saint Martin
Chapter 41: Mullet Bay Casino
Chapter 42: You Die Sometimes There
Poetry: Vietnam, 1968—The Street Without Joy
Poetry: Harry’s in Black
Poetry: The Veteran’s Mother
About the Author
Scenes from Vietnam 1967-1968
Prisoners: Vietnam 1967-1968

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