I served two full infantry tours in Vietnam as a Rifle Company Commander, Battalion staff officer and MACV advisor. I am proud of the American -- and Vietnamese -- soldiers who served with me, both under my command and otherwise. From my experience, I fully concur with everything Jug Burkett has included in his book about the valor and honor of the American fighting man in Vietnam, and about the intentional actions of those from the antiwar left to undermine that honor in the eyes of both the veteran and the American people. The leftists have succeeded to a certain degree, in that many view the Vietnam vet as a cruel, racist, pot-headed malcontent. That image is absurdly wrong, as Burkett amply illustrates.
If Americans really want to know how most infantrymen -- and other military personnel -- performed in Vietnam and adjusted to life after their tour(s) there, I strongly recommend two books: Jug's "Stolen Valor," and my book, "Platoon: Bravo Company." I sincerely hope that these two books will be the opening salvo in the counterattack to change the image of the Vietnam veteran to the more truthful vision of valiant fighter and honorable American. You owe it to those who actually fought the war to get it right, for a change!