Suicide Charlie by Norman L Russell
A Vietnam War Story

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Drafted in the spring of 1968 from a job as a sportswriter for a small, New England daily, six months later Norm Russell found himself serving in the infantry in Vietnam in an outfit nicknamed Suicide Charlie and fighting for his life against some of the North Vietnamese Army's top units. In a remarkable journey that takes the reader from a time of innocence and protest back in the States to the battle of Mole City where, in the author's words, he makes his acquaintance with the Devil, and then beyond into the despair and depravity of combat, the reader experiences the Vietnam War in gripping and graphic detail, as well as the humor and comradery that helped make it all bearable.

For Russell, an unlikely soldier caught up in a war in which he did not believe, an outsider who grew up in a single parent home because his father committed suicide not long after returning from infantry duty in Europe during World War II, surviving the war meant learning to accept his own mortality, preparing to die, and then going on . . . Suicide Charlie is the true story of the evolution of a naive 19-year-old into a combat-scarred, Universal Soldier whose search for meaning speaks to questions asked by nearly all concerned citizens of the planet in the late 20th century.


About Norman L Russell

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NORMAN L. RUSSELL is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and a self-employed writer. He has written and produced a PBS-TV program entitled, Fathers and Sons: Two Generations of American Combat Veterans, which won numerous awards.
Published March 30, 1993 by Praeger. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The narrative climaxes twice: on the terrible night that Mole City is overrun by NVA forces, and on the day that Russell locks eyes with a Vietnamese boy--Vietcong?--and sees their common humanity.

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Drafted in 1968 and sent to Vietnam when he was 19 years old, Russell served as a mortarman with the so-called Suicide Charlie company of the 25th U.S. Army Division.

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