At the age of 21, Jack R. Peterson left home and enlisted with the Navy at the beginnings of the War in Viet Nam. Young and green around the ears, Jack met up with other boys who were ready to become men. None of them had a clue. All of them had eyes clouded with adventure and travel, being independent and in charge of themselves. But the truth was learned soon upon entering boot camp. Their dreams faded due to exhaustion. Their independence was marshalled at Boot Camp. Their maturity tripped up with the stupidity of youth. Life grabbed them by the collar and hauled them into war.
This book is a personal memoir of Jack R. Peterson from his enlistment trials, through boot camp, and onto his assignments in the Navy. Finding himself on a flight line in Atsugi, Japan, supporting troops in Da Nang, Vietnam and flying reconnaissance missions over China gave him a broad understanding of the fight and insight into pieces of military history that is not often written about. His honesty, ability to intimately, and his uncanny wit, create a quick read that cannot be put down.