Loon: A Marine Story

Loon: A Marine Story

Jack McLean


“Kids like me didn’t visit Vietnam,” writes Jack McLean in his compulsively readable memoir. Raised in suburban New Jersey, he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, yet made up our minds to place collage on carry. After commencement within the spring of 1966, confronted with the required army draft, he enlisted within the usa Marine Corps for a two-year stint. “Vietnam on the time was once a rustic, and never but a war,” he writes. It didn’t stay that means for long.

A yr later, after boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and stateside accountability in Barstow, California, the Vietnam battle was once attaining its top. McLean, like such a lot on hand Marines, used to be retrained at Camp Pendleton, California, and despatched to Vietnam as a grunt to serve in an infantry corporation within the northernmost reaches of South Vietnam. McLean’s tale climaxes with the awful three-day conflict for touchdown area Loon in June, 1968. Fought on a distant hill within the northwestern nook of South Vietnam, McLean bore witness to the horror of conflict and was once without end replaced. He again domestic six weeks later to a rustic mostly ambivalent to his service.

Written with honesty and perception, Loon is a strong coming-of-age portrait of a boy who bears witness to a couple of the main tumultuous occasions in our background, either in Vietnam and again domestic.

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