Title

Don't rub your eyes: A memoir of the Vietnam War and the nineteen sixties

Date of Completion

January 2006

Keywords

History, United States|Literature, American

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

This memoir deals my experience as a combat medical corpsman serving in Vietnam from March, nineteen sixty-seven to February, nineteen sixty-eight, and my subsequent involvement in anti-war activities and the culture of the nineteen sixties. The memoir is intended to capture not only the war, but my political and moral education in a historical vortex of intense violence, drugs and social upheaval that changed his country permanently. The memoir ends with my return trip to Vietnam in January of two thousand with a group of veterans who had become writers since the war. We journeyed to Hanoi, Hue, Danang and Saigon to meet and travel with some of our former enemies who had also become writers. An epilogue attempts to locate the Vietnam War and the nineteen sixties in a larger historical and cultural context that leads to the present war in Iraq. ^