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One More Wake-up: A Memoir of a Year Spent in Vietnam Paperback – 5 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (5 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425152767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425152765
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm

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Born in 1944, Charlie Sharps grew up in Belmont, New Hampshire, one of seven children. Dropping out of Brigham Young University in the spring of 1967, Charlie lost his student deferment and enlisted into the Army in April of 1967. He attended basic infantry training at Ft. Bliss, Texas where he was awarded the American Spirit of Honor Medal as the outstanding graduate of his brigade. His next assignments were to Ft. Gordon, Georgia for Advanced Infantry Training, Airborne Training at Ft. Benning and to the newly organized Non-Commissioned Officers course where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. (E6). Having learned the skills to survive in Vietnam, he was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and served with them from April 1968 to April 1969 as a squad leader, platoon sergeant and acting platoon leader. As a military leader he earned the respect of his men and received an Air Medal for many helicopter assaults as well as the Bronze Star for valor and became a hardened combat veteran. Upon termination from the Army in June of 1970, Charlie returned to Brigham Young University and received his under graduate degree in the summer of 1970. He later received his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. One More Wake-Up takes you through some of his experiences, thoughts and emotions as he searched for the elusive enemy in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Today, as a retired school administrator he still resides on the south coast of Oregon with his wife Susan of thirty-eight years. They have two sons John and Joe to whom his book is dedicated.

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The Real Deal 25 May 2008
By Audrey Goyette - Published on
Format: Paperback
A first hand account of what it was like to be walking through the jungles of Vietnam as an infantry platoon sergeant/leader on search and destroy missions. To participate in and survive eighty-seven combat assaults, some of which are written about here with harrowing detail. To have a colonel flying safely two thousand feet above the action telling you what to do. To have a bullet just miss your head because the man behind you tapped your shoulder and you turned. It's about coming home and realizing nothing will ever be the same. How Vietnam will forever haunt and effect his reactions and behavior for the rest of his life. It's about being proud of his service, and what it's like to finally come home and have a protester throw a pail of pig's blood on you in the airport terminal.
Compelling and from the heart 20 Nov. 2011
By Mike S - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was turned on to this book by my father who did not go to Vietnam but grew up in this era. It reads as a first hand account of what it would have been like to "be there" and provides an eye opening view of the hardships and life altering changes that a man must go through in order to survive his year in Nam. The detailed memories and reflections of this time in his life recount what many like Mr. Sharps had to endure as young men, thrust in to a difficult and dangerous environment, while back in "the world" many grew to detest this military action and all those involved. It is sad to think that while our fathers, brothers and sons were giving their life to a cause that many not necessarily agreed with, those who returned were met with violent malcontent and blatant disrespect. To be able to peek inside of the mind of a man who has been there is a rare opportunity, one which brings out emotions of pain, anger and sorrow straddled by pride, patriotism and understanding.

A compelling tale straight from the heart, this book has earned a permanent place on my shelf. I now (partially) understand the quirks and sometimes strange mannerisms which veterans of Vietnam and other wars exhibit more clearly. Thank you for telling your tale and sharing with us this important time in your life. I hold a deep respect for you and your brethren, and hope it helps to quiet the skeleton which rattles in your closet.
By Brian Goyette - Published on
Format: Paperback
A soilder's account of a year fighting for the Untied States in the jungles and rice patties of Vietnam for the 173rd Airborne Division. From engagements with the enemy to encounters with the not so friendly friendlies this book tell's it all. A tale which brings to light facts about Vietnam which should be common knowledge to every american. Such as the average time a WWII soilder spent fighting in Japan was 40 days out of 4 years. The average time a soilder in Vietnam spent fighting was 240 days out of a year. Six times the amount of fighting via the use of helicopters. Fighting the enemy the elements the insects and the creatures of Vietnam too survive for one more wake up while keeping those around you alive is a heroic tale of a United States soilder.
Vietnam 2 Dec. 2008
By Jackie L. - Published on
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This book gives a person an insight on someone who was right there in the thick of the war. It was a good book, but there was a lot of repeating of certain things, which was not necessary. At the end of the book, he wrote of many myths and facts, which I thought was excellent. I did learn a lot. I would definately recommend this book.
A great incite on war for people who have not been ... 4 July 2014
By K C Rose - Published on
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Very, very informative. A great incite on war for people who have not been in combat.
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