In this intimate memoir, Perry A. Ulander chronicles with powerful clarity the bewildering predicament he confronted and the fellowship and guidance that transformed him during the year he served as an American GI in the jungles of Vietnam. Conveying with unadorned precision the harrowing experiences that shatter his core beliefs, Ulander also captures the camaraderie and humor of his platoon, the hostility between "lifers" and draftees, the physical hardships of reconnaissance missions, and the unrelenting apprehension underlying everyday life. Ultimately, he describes the surrendering of social norms and accepted identities that allows him to glimpse a previously unimagined realm of heightened awareness.
Written after a lifetime of reflection on the nature of war and the effect of violence and domination on the minds and spirits of those forced to practice it, Walking Point offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam, PTSD, and how trauma can be a catalyst for spiritual transformation. Giving voice to profound insights gained through extreme adversity, Ulander movingly captures the depth of trust and commitment among a group of unwitting warriors who struggle to stay alive and sane in unchartered territory.
I have read a lot of military books but most are mainly focused on WWI or WWII. I have not read many about the Vietnam War. I really appreciate that Mr. Ulander gave a real insight into what he experienced while fighting. It was like I was with right there with him in his shoes seeing everything that he was seeing. Mr. Ulander was in the hot zone so every day was a blessing that he came out alive. After reading this book I have a new appreciation for those who fought and gave their lives during this war.
I did want to throw this out there and that is if you have read any type of military book then you are probably familiar with the "f" word being used. It is part of the territory of reading these types of books and so I was fine with it, however I know some people don't like the "f" word. So I just wanted to warn readers.