Tales of the Magnificent Bastards
by Gerald R. Gems
A divided word (Viet Nam), the Vietnam War pitted two equally divided nations against each other. Even today, the pain runs deep on both sides. In this conflict in a far away nation, young men of both sides and their families were hostage to the politics of the world.
The average age of the American troops was 19 compared to 26 in WWII and these young men had to grow up quickly in an environment that they did not understand and for which they had not been trained. Their lives and the lives of their fellow combatants depended on making the right decisions. Both sides resorted to a primitive existence with life counted in minutes not days or months. Those that returned were changed, for better or worse, forever. Gerald Gems tells the story of one young man from the streets of Chicago who made the trip and was able to return., along with an index of NBS business information and an In Memoriam section.