About the Book
This is a docu-drama of the real life events of one medic who served in the 101st airborne division, in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. Looking thru the eyes of a medic that traveled with an airborne unit, day after day through the jungles of NAM. Not just the bitter fighting with the enemy in firefights, but the battle day to day with malaria and snakes and diseases, and monsoons, floods ,heat, and friendly fire. It was all there in one mans tour of duty. Hearing the screams, seeing the carnage, starting IV’S, calling for medivac helicopters. It was all in a day’s work, of the one man on team not trying to kill, but to save lives. Geronimo was our logo, and they said‰ we had a date with destiny‰.
About the Author
David H. Pfeifer, born in Flint, Michigan, a baby boomer, after WWII. Went to all the normal middle class schools and sports, went Northern high school, one of two in the city at the time. Got a job at an early age (14) bagging groceries at the local Kroger’s store, after school. Bought first car at 16 with the money saved from that job and drove to school after that. Had a 57 convertible (Chevy) of course during senior year. Started working at fisher body a local factory night shift lasted a few years on the assembly line, paid really well. Met, married and had a daughter (Kimberly), moved us all to California in 1967. The wife didn't want stay together, took the baby and returned to Michigan as soon as the divorce was final; I was changed to 1A selective service and drafted into the army. The Vietnam War was reaching its peak by then. This story is about the time that follows that time period from the date I was drafted until I returned home a changed man. I had been trained in medicine in the army, so I now had the GI bill so I went to college at Cal Poly Pomona a state college then. It became accredited as a university later on when I was there. My major was behavior science, needless to say I loaded up on psychology, sociology, anthropology, and criminal psychology programs. So I went to work at Pomona Valley Hospital in orthopedics for four and a half years to work my way thru school. During that time I took a full load at school and worked part time 8:00am to 10:00am at the health center on campus.aia did three and a half years there. I discovered Nurse Registries paid higher and I could use more of my skills in other depts. of medicine so by now I was divorced again from Claudia and so I traveled to Burbank, Ca. where I worked for the Glendale Nurse Registry for over ten years. I later discovered the registry down at the beach and began working the hospitals at Newport and Laguna beaches. I moved to Anaheim, ca. where I reside now. Been here since 1987. Retired in 2001, I now go to Long Brach VA Hospital for treatment and check-ups as a Vietnam vet with ptsd. I decided to write this book, to let others know about that experience and what an impact it had on so many of us. Recently moved to prescott valley arizona, bought a new house , sttled in, am now chief of stall at lcal capt 16 DAV in prescott, also am in american legion, an dlocal VFW. Have joined the ST John"s christian church, and am enjoying the weather changes.air is cleaner no smog, still travel to clif. time to time ,visit fiends and VA hosp in Long Beach, CA.H ave enjoyed visitors pasing thru to saty over and old friends sopping by.Went to three book signings and did well,its a pro vet town.Have books on the shelf at country book store in chino valley, also in the prescott valley library. Have been aske dto sell my books at the local costco store and have had to oredr many more from the publisher as am all out of them now.