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Gone Native: An NCO's Story by Alan Cornett

Gone Native: An NCO's Story

by Alan Cornett

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Meh. It's a quick read and interesting, but not particularly well written. It's certainly a good story, but not peculiar among Vietnam memoirs. The book seemed written for a target audience that views "Rambo: First Blood, Part II" as the apex of filmmaking.

I think that writing this book did less for expanding the minds of readers as healing the wounds of the author.

That said, I have a great deal of respect for the author as a man and as a soldier, just not so much as a writer. ( )
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On his first combat assignment, Cornett accompanied the Vietnamese Rangers on a search-and-destroy mission near Khe Sang. There he gained entree into a culture that he would ultimately respect greatly and admire deeply. Cornett's most challenging military duty began when he joined the Phoenix Program. As part of AK squad, he dressed in enemy uniform and roamed the deadly Central Highlands, capturing high-ranking VC officers in hot firefights and ambushes. It was there, deep in enemy territory, where the smallest mistake meant sudden death, that the Vietnamese fighting men earned his utmost respect.

While offering rare glimpses of an aspect of the war most of the military and media never saw, Cornett tells the full, gut-wrenching story of his Vietnam. He also gives an unsparing view of himself - telling a no-holds-barred story of an American soldier who made sacrifices far beyond the call of duty . . . a soldier who, in defiance of the U.S. government, refused to turn his back on the Vietnamese.

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Green Beret medic Alan Cornett arrived in Vietnam in 1966 and spent seven years immersed in the country's culture and its people. He tells a no-holds barred story of an American soldier who made sacrifices far beyond the call of duty, refusing to turn his back on the Vietnamese.… (more)

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