By far the greatest contribution of the narrative is the insight it provides into the hows and whys of United States involvement in Vietnam, and the attempt of that involvement to bring freedom to those who were unable to achieve it by their own efforts. We see the United States more as a caretaker and less as a policeman in terms of motivation for its involvement half a world away. Andwe see the tremendous price paid by those who served to ensure that freedom ordinary men who, by fate, were thrown together in a strange land, and who fulfilled a part of their destiny, and their Nations, on the brown water.
DINKY DAU: Love, War and the Corps is the author’s personal collection of crazy stories from a crazy war and a sometimes-crazy life in the Marine Corps.
It was early 1964, the British Invasion by The Beatles had just begun when Dave Zorn decided to drop out of college and join the Marine Corps with a friend. It was the beginning of a wild, three-year ride that included a tour of duty with one of the first combat units sent to fight in the Vietnam War. It was a time when patriotism was still popular—before the draft, the drugs, and the discord.
Dinky Dau: Love, War and the Corps is a tale of survival from enemy fire on the ground and in the air, to dysentery and a berserk Army doctor, to torrential monsoon rains and searing jungle heat, and nightmarish animals, insects, rodents and reptiles. It is also the story of two young lovers who, though separated by war, were reunited by a death decades later. Woven throughout the action is the story of friendships made during war and how they endure through the decades.
Bob was like one of us. He was breathing the same air that we were breathing and that mattered.
Bob made the Troops the stars, the audience was the Show.
Bobs U.S.O. Christmas Shows with the Troops had meaning and is now History.
The spirit and the memories of it all should live forever!
I wrote about my particular set of circumstances: leading up to the Show, at the Show and then after the Show.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE TROOPS! PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
I have been watching The Bob Hope United Service Organizations (U.S.O.) Christmas Shows with the Troops with my family, since I was about 4 years old. I enjoyed watching the Troops in the audience laughing, having a good time, getting together.
The Troops were my Heroes, my Stars. I thought that maybe when I grew up; that one day, I would be in the audience of one of Bobs Christmas Shows.
It was inspirational for me to see and hear the people singing Silent Night together at the end of the Show.
The Memories Are Priceless!
Like we still talk about Remember The Alamo, I think we should say, Remember The Bob Hope Christmas Show, because it was important. It brought us together!
I thank my Lord, Jesus Christ, for helping me get to The Bob Hope Christmas Show and in writing this book.
At The Bob Hope Christmas Show: the sights, the sounds, living through the moment of it all was the best.
Bob, Thanks For The Memories!
Duty and patriotic pride quickly degenerated into a fight for survival. Taking one of the most dangerous jobs in an infantry company, Dave came home with hardly a scratch. There were no odds to explain the supernatural protection he received. After two months, that covering extended to everyone around him when he walked point. Over time, that unbelievable luck turned into a curse as walking point and going home became vexing choices between life and death.
Like most vets, Dave thought he buried the war after coming home. Surviving the horrors of Vietnam meant he could handle anything. Thirty years later his life was falling apart. Hed given up. Leaving his family seemed to be the only way to stop the pain. Learn the lessons in Not Enough Tears which can bring healing to tens of thousands who are still hurting and dont understand why.
Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way.
With their signature charming and engaging style, Cole and Sav take you behind the camera and open up about past heartaches and mistakes; painful secrets and difficult expectations; the joys and challenges of raising their daughter, Everleigh; and the spiritual journey that changed their hearts—and relationship—forever.