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By James John Magner

A Haunting good looks is the tale of Jim Magner, artist and strive against platoon chief. the 2 conflicting identities need to coexist in an international of lurking hazards, wonderful characters and unique good looks. by no means sooner than has there been a primary individual account of strive against in the course of the eyes of an artist. The strive against adventure hasn't ever been so vividly portrayed via particular identities. Nam is the place the motion is—the final try for the younger lieutenant. For the painter, struggle is destruction and soreness, the antithesis of paintings, yet he involves keep in mind that he'll need to minimize throughout the jungles, wade the rivers, and face loss of life to get past floor appearances. Jim Magner attracts the reader deep into his own global of conflicts and conquests with crisp writing and a glance at wrestle that fascinates, elates, and now and then, stuns. The platoon chief needs to confront the stark realities of survival whereas the artist sees either the attractive and the bad via colour and contrasts, and because the composition of a piece of artwork. He discovers the quiet dignity of the warriors, nurses, and pink pass “Donut Dollies” in addition to their inevitable conflicts and dependencies whereas they struggle to outlive in a primitive position. Set in 1966, this can be a riveting, hugely artistic memoir that's eventually no longer approximately warfare, or perhaps Vietnam. It’s a narrative of the way good looks and paintings outline what it truly is to be human—how we engage, suppose, or even struggle. It’s approximately how conflict brings out the simplest and worst, captured during the eyes of the artist-soldier. It’s a narrative of human feelings: pleasure, worry, anger, disappointment, and love. And it’s strangely humorous. you'll come away with a brand new appreciation of ways paintings and sweetness are necessary to either the human spirit and the environment—especially in a strive against area.

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Alan Toomey, the medic, was once with him. “He took a bit of shrapnel within the chest, however it doesn’t appear to be too deep. ” I stated, “Sanders, remain down besides. this can be your price ticket out of the following. ” He lit up like a chinese language lantern, and that i acknowledged, “Don’t grin a lot; glance harm. ” Toomey smiled at me and stated, “Maybe you’re now not any such dork after all…sir. ” I stated, “Yeah, might be. Get this guy a mud off. ” I informed the squads to come back to the corporate line, the place Captain Tiller was once ready to get a record. yet ahead of i'll say something, Mokuwahna all started making a song my praises. He instructed the captain how I led the assault, in spite of the VC taking pictures at me, and the way I dealt with the platoon like a professional. He entire together with his final praise: “He’s similar to me. ” He stated it with nice sincerity. As we have been relocating out, I informed Dailey, “That used to be a hell of a movement, Prick 25 and all. ” He stated, “That’s not anything. you might want to see me play shortstop. ” “Just don’t do it back. i would like a stay radio man. ” Later, after we stopped, I motioned to Tommy Harmon to return over. “Harmon, you proved me fallacious. i used to be afraid you have been all mouth, yet you got here via for me. you probably did the task. ” He stood there beaming, no longer realizing what to assert. ultimately, he pointed to more youthful and acknowledged, “What approximately Dick, sir? ” I acknowledged, “Oh, hell, I knew he will be there. I by no means had a doubt. It was once you i used to be apprehensive approximately, yet now I’m joyful I don’t need to be anxious. ” He grinned, gave me a major salute, and ran again to inform more youthful. once we all bought to the place we'd manage for the evening, I collected the squad leaders round and received their reviews of ways we dealt with it. I informed them that i used to be pleased with every body and to “make certain you inform your humans. ” I knew it used to be a type of defining events—the time after we all got here jointly as a platoon. As a kin. Russian Roulette once they received settled in, I reconned the realm in entrance of the platoon with Sergeant Holloway and located a dry creek mattress approximately fifty to sixty meters in entrance of our line. We agreed it was once a great spot to place a four-man listening submit, an LP, and that i informed him to keep up it. there has been lot of VC task within the sector, and the LP will be there to listen to the enemy coming, sluggish them down a bit, and confuse them as to the place the most line of defense used to be, after which haul ass again to the platoon. whilst I back, Toomey used to be calling in a mud off—a medevac. one in every of our men used to be mendacity subsequent to him, rolling round in pain. He had his pants off, and a few different men have been pouring canteens of water in all places his groin. Toomey appeared up and acknowledged, “Bug juice…insect repellent. Had a bottle in his pocket and the head got here off. Burned him badly. no longer a lot i will do. ” I stated, “That stuff is made for epidermis. We placed all of it over us. ” “Not down there, you don’t,” he acknowledged. “The pores and skin in your nuts is particularly delicate. slightly will burn a few, but when you spill on much, you’ve obtained an enormous challenge. I inform those dolts to not retain it of their wallet. I wager they won’t any more. ” It was once darkish after we loaded the still-writhing GI at the chopper for the fast trip to the sanatorium at Bien Hoa.

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