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Things I'll Never Forget

Memories of a Marine in Viet Nam
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Things I’ll Never Forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his brain. This is not a pro-war book, nor is it anti-war. It is the true story of what the Marine Corps was like in the late 1960’s, when the country had a draft and five hundred thousand Americans were serving one year tours in battle-torn South East Asia. If you served in Viet Nam you will want to compare your experience with the author’s. If you know someone who went to Viet Nam, you will want to listen for yourself what it was like. If you lost a loved one or friend in the war, you will want to listen to this and share it with others.

©2016, 2018 James M. Dixon (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Poignant, well told and brilliantly written

A very well written and narrated personal story of war told by a Marine on the ground during the Vietnam war. Highly recommend for anyone to read, not just for war/history enthusiasts.

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This is a great Vietnam story and very honest

this book fills a bit like Full Metal Jacket at the beginning which is nice to hear another version of a similar Tale. The middle felt like there was a lot of stagging on and the reader is almost keen, too keen for the soldier to go to the grants. But when he is at the grants, it's a clear tale of be careful what you wish for. there is lots of action but the action can feel very sad at times.

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Intriguing account

I really enjoyed the retelling of this Vietnam account. It is revealing and thoughtful in its retelling. I’ve used some of the anecdotes while teaching my students the Vietnam war in history. Well worth the listen.

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  • 01-01-19

Stirred up memories

At first I was hesitant to get this book, but now I'm really glad I did. My path to Viet Nam was quite similar in many ways. My boot camp was in Quantico, so I have a somewhat different perspective. Mr.Dixon's journey to "in country" was quite similar to what mine was, first Camp Pendleton, then by ship to Japan (Okinawa for me) with a stop in Honolulu for ship repairs, and then to Viet Nam. My time in Chu Lai was exactly 1 year prior, so comparing Mr. Dixon's memories to mine, detailed how much worse it got year after year. The first 2/3 of the book had me occasionally laughing at expressions and language used. Loved the stories as told from the enlisted man's side. As a junior officer, I can say the views from a 1st Lt artillery forward observer were not too different. The last 1/3 of the book became intense, memory wise. The epilogue is a perfect summation in so many ways to how this Viet Nam combat veteran feels now and felt back then. Thank you James Dixon for a job well done.

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  • terri
  • 25-01-19

Good, very good. <br />

As a Marine in the Nam, I also cannot let it go for the way we were treated by the privileged such as Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. I hope they are proud of themselves.This book brings out the horror of War and terrible way our soldiers were treated in country and when they came home.
This book is well worth the effort to listen to or read.

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  • Kevin Warren
  • 21-01-19

Very real

This story is one of "this sucks, but here I am." There's not a lot of glory or extreme tales of valor, heroism, or all the other stuff people tend to write. The drudgery was real, and a good bit of it was drudgery. I know this doesn't seem like a glowing review but it really is meant to be. It felt, real. I liked it.

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  • Keely B. Cooper
  • 31-10-18

One of the best...

books on the Vietnam War about life as a US Marine Corp grunt. Hopefully, our youth will want to read this and become a bit more smarter about that nasty conflict.

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  • johnny the greek
  • 31-12-18

Great book

I truly enjoyed listening to this book. It's almost like sitting down with a family member as they tell their stories of Vietnam. Both of my parents were in Vietnam but never talked much about it. So this for me was the next best thing.

thank you

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  • Wiinnie
  • 03-12-18

My life

What a Great story! Brought back many boot camp memories. The Corps hasn’t changed a bit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-18

Excellent Read!

I joke to people when I tell them that I am a souvenir of the Vietnam War....however I am serious. I am of Vietnamese descent and if it were not for my father bringing my mother and I home from that war, I'd surely be squatting in a rice patty right now. Bravo to all of the combat veterans of the Vietnam War.

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  • Arlene Laskowski
  • 20-05-19

Mr Dixon, I have no understanding

I have no understanding of how you were able to withstand so much, can I say torture. I was a senior in high school in 1966 and was in support of anything the United States was doing in Viet Nam at the time because I felt my government wanted to keep the communist there and not have it here. I could not understand why my father, who was a proud veteran of WWII and forever would be a patriot in my eyes, was so much against the war. He always told me that "young American boys were dying for something that was none of our business and that the French could not do the job like they never could". My Dad was so right. You sir, Mr. Dixon, are the epitome of what an American hero is. I know this is not what you see yourself as but you are. I sir never had the balls to do what you and thousands of others did. I use the word balls or guts I was too scared and have always been ashamed of it. I am from Philadelphia, Pa. and unfortunately lost too many friends in that war. I do not understand the use of the word conflict when good soldiers die. Soldiers die in war! Your book was so revealing to what the human body and mind can accept.I am sure that the students you had received the best teaching because of your learned compassion and your need to accomplish. I appreciated how you brought out how the physical makeup of men did not make the man, but his heart. To lose so many marines who were you "grunts" just like you and to carry on the way that you did, in today's lingo is "unfuckinbelieveable". Most books I will reread but oo many people saw me crying while I was walking my dog and listening that I will not read this book again. Thank you for telling me what it was like for you and so many brave American soldiers in such a horrible time in our history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Thank you

I know you said not to thank you, but it’s all someone like me can do.

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  • Simple Simon
  • 25-04-19

great story loved it

the reality of that time in my life was able connect which made the book that much better

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