Never underestimate the power of a scheme concocted by a group of young guys in a bar. Chick is hanging out in his neighborhood bar reminiscing and discussing their buddies who are in far off Vietnam. All agree it would be great to buy those guys a beer and Chick does one better. He is a merchant mariner and ex-marine so he hops aboard a supply ship with a bunch of cold beer and thinks he will find everyone on the list and give them a cold beer and thanks. He has incredible good luck in finding most of them (blame it on his Irish roots) and is able to talk his way out of more than one setback (again, blame it on his Irish roots). He finds himself in foxholes, hitching ride after ride from military who are convinced he is CIA and is in Saigon as the V.C. take over the city. The sheer audacity of Chick's story and funnier moments balance nicely against the more horrific scenes of war.
To my great surprise, this memoir full of war stories, testosterone and beer will have a wider audience who will have a greater appreciation for the job that cost so many lives in a war we realized too late that we couldn't win. The audio narration was spot on. 4 1/2 stars
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