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On Point: A Rifleman's Year in the Boonies - Vietnam, 1967-1968 [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Roger Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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31 July 2000
The young draftee was a typical army rifleman: a grunt.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; illustrated edition edition (31 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891417095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891417095
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,355,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Don't miss this one."--"Booklist"
"Well-written, combat-heavy memoir."--"The VVA Veteran"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars no real depth of feeling 11 Jan 2007
althought the author does see qite a bit of combat , injury and all the emotions that go with it he does little to translate this through out the book

leaving a glossed over feeling at the best bits!
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Point is On Target 3 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Roger Hayes staring out of the cover reminded me of another face I used to see in the mirror thirty years ago. Mine. His recollections vividly re-create the memories of all who passed under the arched sign "Welcome to Tigerland. Home of the Combat Infantryman for Vietnam" at North Fort Polk, Louisiana. His succinct writing style makes it easy for the younger generation to experience from a safe distance the FNG experience (not knowing where he is or where he's going), the slow maturation that only comes from combat experience (you always remember the first dead human being), and the inevitable sadness of losing companions (you never forget them). His experiences as a mechanized infantry soldier also demonstrate the reason that this war in particular posed such a unique problem to our commanders. Because the APCs made so much of a racket, hot food was helicoptered in since the commanders assumed that the VC already knew where they were laagered (one of the essential rules of combat being ignored . . . that of noise discipline and of concealment). Looking back on his experience, I am sure he wonders how any of them ever survived. This book also opens the reader's eyes to the daily highs and lows of life in a combat zone, where beautiful, peaceful days would instantly change into a furious hell when the APC you were riding on exploded. A timely, easy book to read as we remember our friends and loved ones who, twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, still occupy so much of our memories.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique presentation of a Vietnam experience 15 May 2000
By Paul Kornberger - Published on Amazon.com
I was in the Army during the Vietnam war but stationed in Germany where I spent a good deal of discretionary time eating schnitzels and drinking beer and wine. Having been trained (I thought), and mentally prepared to go to vietnam, then having an easy tour in Europe left me with the feeling that I was something of a "slacker". I found Mr. Hayes's presentation of his personal experience as an infantryman very informative in its level of detail and for me, something of an elixir for my own memories of this episode in the American experience. Notwithstanding what I got out of the book, I would recommend it highly for the broadest audience having even a casual interest in this page of history. The level of detail in the author's recounting of his battlefield experiences gives the reader clues as to what it took to not only survive but to deal with the ever present death, carnage, and travails of fellow soldiers and the Vietnamese populace. I believe the book's presentation to be an outstanding balance of information, observations, and emotional impacts that I've not found in other readings. Mr. Hayes reveals himself as an individual having a measure of wisdom well beyond his tender age during the year in which he was tossed into this horrible crucible which defined his character and that of so many of his fellow heroes. Have no doubt that this group of soldiers, somewhat maligned in the past by misguided critics, was made up of individuals such as Hayes and his comrades--each with his own story--and represents patriotism on an order to match that of any past conflict. Mr. Hayes is a worthy spokesman for his fellow Vietnam war participants and veterans. His reporting skills are tempered with an uncommon sensitivity toward the anguish of all those touched by the war and the insight and ability to capture it for the reader. I think the book is unique in its perspective and has much to recommend it whether it is your first venture into Vietnam chronicles or your thirst to know what it was really like over there has not yet been slaked. In conclusion, my thanks to Mr. Hayes for providing this record and to him and his silent partners for answering the call and acquitting themselves on a par with all those having gone off to war in the past. An outstanding book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile book by a regular citizen/soldier 13 July 2001
By brazos49 - Published on Amazon.com
There's a lot to like about this book. It's honest and direct and the author doesn't seem to have a big ego or an interest in trying to impress anyone. He simply recounts his year in Vietnam as he lived it. It's an interesting and informative piece of work. I found myself really liking the author. He seems like the kind of person you'd like to have in your family or in your neighborhood. I wonder why he didn't stay in the military. It seemed like a good fit for him and he seemed to have an aptitude for it and seemed to thrive on the experience.
I didn't give the book 5 stars because, understandably, the writing is not of the quality of a top writer. Maybe if the publisher had helped the author with this they could have put out an even better book and one worthy of a top rating. I also didn't like the author's avoidance of using profanity in quotes or wherever - it just seemed to make the account a little less real. Probably that hurt the book a little, but maybe made me like the author a little more as a nice person. Overall, I'd heartily recommend this book. It's not the best one I've read in this area, but it's well worthwhile.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Wartime Autobiography 7 Sep 2000
By Michael M. McKone - Published on Amazon.com
I've read a dozen or so wartime autobiographies or accounts over the last year. They've covered the Civil War, Korean, WW1, WW2, and Somalia. This book is up there with the best of them. I enjoyed the author's factual descriptions and "non-political" slant. He was simply telling a story of what it was like to be there. It's certainly worth reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grunt's year in vietnam 15 July 2000
By Hal Rounds - Published on Amazon.com
Roger Hayes gives a good description of what his life was like as an infantryman in Vietnam: describing training, combat, life in Vietnam and some infrequent R+R. If you want over-the-top writing (e.g. "Dispatches") this book is not for you. I appreciated the workman-like way in which Hayes writes; emotional involvement in his story requires some thought, reflection and a willingness to see and feel the war through his eyes. This is a good book and I am glad that he has written it.
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