Author and Vietnam veteran, Dr. Charles McNair will read from his novel “Soldiers of a Foreign War” Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30- Please be advised this reading includes strong language and is recommended for college age students and adults.
Join us Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m., as author and Vietnam veteran, Dr. Charles McNair will give a reading from his novel
“Soldiers of a Foreign War”
The title, Soldiers of a Foreign War alludes to the fact that the American and Vietnamese boys who were called upon, often unwillingly, to fight by their respective governments, were fighting on alien soil. The book follows two American infantry platoons, a three-man NVA combat cell, the staff of the 83rd Surgical Hospital and the villagers of An-Lat 5, providing an unusually balanced view of how the war affected those involved. Please be advised this reading includes strong language and is recommended for college age students and adults.
Dr. McNair enlisted at age nineteen in September, 1968, and trained as a combat field medic and operating technician over the next nine months. By June, 1969, he was assigned to the 45th Surgical Hospital, in Tay Ninh province, Republic of Vietnam.
His job as an OR tech was to directly assist in operations. The 45th was situated in the middle of Tay Ninh Basecamp, sixty-five miles northwest of Saigon in a region known as War Zone C. The hospital received the wounded directly from the battlefield and performed lifesaving surgeries. It was subjected to frequent ground, mortar and rocket attacks