Blood on the Risers: An Airborne Soldier’s Thirty-five Months in Vietnam by John Leppleman is a wonderful book. His “attitude” fills every page. This is simply the best – a passionate memior. It is not for REMFs. I am not surprised by the detail of his memories. He shares his experiences with the 173rd during Operation Junction City to days on the river patrol boats during his second tour to back to the 173rd and the 2 Bn (Airborne)/75th Infantry (Rangers) during tour three. As a former US Army junior officer in the 1970’s I frequently encountered many with his outlook. They were outstanding field troops. Read and reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler.
Month: May 2008
Personal Memoirs by US Grant
Well written and very interesting describes Personal Memoirs by US Grant. The book does not attempt to make Grant look good, rather it is more like a military after action report where he explains what has taken place. He includes his decision making process for many of the major events. My esteem for President Grant was greatly enhanced by reading this book. It is must reading for any civil war or biography lover. Read in April and May 2006 by Jimmie A. Kepler.