Introduction

The events of this narrative take place from 1969-1972, beginning with a young teenage boy’s love for and his marriage proposal to his high school sweetheart. Robert then decided that the best path to obtaining an education and a “real” job needed to support their future marriage was through an easy short stint in the US Army. Little did the naïve teenager know that the path to accomplishing his goals would take him through the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam during the latter years of the war, resulting in perhaps the most significant transformative role in his life’s education. Though not a blood and guts war story, this first-hand emotional account details the many traumatic and sometimes disturbing encounters of Robert Kuhn, the “rucksack carrying grunt” who served with the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry unit during his 1971-1972 Vietnam tour of duty.

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