From Vietnam to Hell

Interviews with Victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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About the Book

“I broke into a house, entering from the back door. When I left, two people inside were dead. I don’t remember killing them, but I know I must have. All I can remember is the police chasing me. I thought I was in the jungle, with the Cong chasing me, trying to kill me before I could kill them…. I was nineteen years old and the Vietnam War was the high point in my life. I didn’t come home in a body bag or a wheel chair. Even though I thought I had come home a complete person, it’s evident that I didn’t”—from the interview with Gary Cone.
Interviews with Vietnam veterans and their family members explain as nothing else can the emotional consequences of wartime experiences. Many of these interviewees are now in prison as a result of the substance abuse or violence that characterizes PTSD.

About the Author(s)

Shirley Dicks is the author of 12 books, which are listed on her website at www.shirleydicks.org. She lives in Beechgrove, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Shirley Dicks
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 144
Bibliographic Info: photos, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1990]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6944-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9197-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder      2

Dale Barnes —U.S. Army      4

Jerry Barnet—U.S. Army      9

Gary Cone—U.S. Army      13

Nelson—U.S. Marine Corps      18

Robert Davis—U.S. Army      24

Fred—U.S. Navy      29

John Lohman—U.S. Army      33

Eugene “Red McDaniel—U.S. Naval Pilot      38

Chuck Dean—U.S. Army      43

Point Man Ministries      51

Sgt. Jake—U.S. Army      54

Dan—U.S. Army      58

Fort Steer—John Steer      62

Dawn Chavez—Wife of Veteran      65

David Knight—U.S. Army      70

Fred Love—U.S. Marines      77

Donna—Wife of Veteran      86

Larry Hiller—U.S. Marine Corps      91

Mike Harris—U. S. Navy      95

Astrid Ortega, RN—Army Nurse Corps      104

John—U.S. Marine Corps      109

Craig McLaren—U.S. Army      113

Sam Grashio—U.S. Army      118

Arthur Brown—U.S. Army      130

Index      135

Book Reviews & Awards

“Dicks provides an excellent montage of autobiographical sketches by Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD”—Choice; “an oral history of 23 Vietnam veterans and wives of veterans who have been affected by PTSD”—Veteran.