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Incoming Rounds is a minimalistic but powerful record of one young man's experience in the Hell of Viet Nam. For any reader who has never been in combat, this account is shocking, poignant, and enlightening.
The juxtaposition of the ordinary—receiving mail, getting food rations after two days, being able to bathe in a river after days of sweating on the trail of the jungle—with the deeply horrific is like a jolt of lightning to any complacency.
Within one days entry, the writer may describe anything from building a "hooch" out of his poncho to keep out of the monsoon rains to the brutal interrogation of a VC member by a Lieutenant, from a sandbag-making detail to the massacre of villagers in retribution for a mortar attack, atrocities he despises but is powerless to prevent.
With horror and imminent death his companions, his Diary and his letters from home are his only anchor to hope...and only the Diary is constant, as so many days he reports wistfully, "I got no mail today."
A spare, stark portrait, without any real bitterness, but with the anguish at being compelled to be part of an invading force in a hostile country, Incoming Rounds reveals that Hamel's other greatest link with compassion and warmth, besides his own sensitive heart, is the bond he forges with his fellow soldiers under fire and struggle, one of the most intense and selfless manifestations of Love in this world.
Without pretentious to glory or indulgence in self-pity, the young man who wrote this testimonial to the Hell of War, and carried it through jungles and rushing rivers, wrapped in plastic to share it forty years later with the world, speaks not only for the victims and survivors of that nightmare, but reminds those who may have forgotten what "war is good for: Absolutely nothing."
Eloquently, he testifies to the courage of men who make of survival and duty a record of heroism and endurance, and the frailty of all human beings who are damaged by suffering, but often transcend it to a state of mind not easily attained by those who are not forged in such a searing furnace of fire and ice. This book is recommended reading for men and women of all walks of life, especially those who are leaders of their countries, if they have not had this experience in their own lives of the Valleys of the Shadow of Death in Viet