Death Angel

A Vietnam Memoir of a Bearer of Death Messages to Families


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About the Book

The author enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17, with dreams of becoming a hero. Two years later, a disillusioned young sergeant returned from a tour of Vietnam, his new assignment, recruiting: finding a “few good men” for the Corps—and soon, too often, delivering death messages to the families of those he had recruited. Here are gut-wrenching memories of a Marine’s service in Vietnam, the grief of the parents, and the burden of guilt suffered by the bearer of the news.

About the Author(s)

Harry Spiller served two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. A retired professor of criminal justice and former sheriff of Williamson County, Illinois, he lives in Marion, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Harry Spiller
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 6 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1992]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6741-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8782-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      xi

1. Boot Camp, the Beginning      1

2. Rumors of War      18

3. The Landing      40

4. Death of a Friend      52

5. Personal Mayhem      65

6. Blunders      74

7. Praying for War      90

8. Operation O.P.      96

9. Who’s Who      105

10. Homeward Bound      119

11. Hero’s Welcome      142

12. The Death Angel      162

13. Plant One, Enlist One      173

14. Adventure or Death      185

15. Memorial Service      193

16. The Parade      207

17. Enough Is Enough      223

Index      241

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Library Journal; “a well-written, often gripping account…vivid…intriguing…deeply emotional”—Military; “a grunt-level view of Vietnam and its aftermath”—The Spokesman; “details the torment of being both a Marine Corps recruiter and a ‘death angel’”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine; “vividly relates the horrors seen and felt by serviceman, parent, and recruiter”—Heartland Writers’ Conference; “shows the horror experienced by Marines, the nightmares suffered by parents and the burden of guilt suffered by a recruiter who ‘lost heart’—The Illinois Sheriff.