Remember Quan Loi
I was very pleased to recently receive a promotional copy of David Bedard's memoir of his Vietnam service in the Artillery Ballistic Meteorology Unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Division from February 1969 to February 1970. I don't receive many promotional book copies so I was tickled to get this one, but I was even more pleased to see the title, "I Remember Quan Loi - Annus Horribilis - The Horrible Year". David had served his entire Vietnam service tour in one of our "favorite" places - Quan Loi. His unit was right next door to Alpha Btry 6/27th Arty and we probably stood in the same mess hall line, although we never met each other while there.
Anxious to read what he remembered about that infamous place where I too, coincidently, had spent thirteen months of my life; much of it at the same time as David, I began reading and I could barely put my copy down. I was immediately swept up in David's journey that took him to Quan Loi. A number of times as I read his story I found myself saying - "I Remember that! Yes, I felt the same way, David."
David's book will be of interest both to the veteran who spent
time in Quan Loi or any other location in Vietnam as well as the
ordinary reader who wants to get a first-hand account of what it was
really like to spend a year in Vietnam. David has written that
book many of us have thought about writing and he as done a fine job
doing it. I recommend it.
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