Them’s Fightin’ Words – Vet Explains the Surprising Reason He Volunteered for Vietnam (LISTEN)

A helicopter airlifts wounded from a Vietnam battlefield. (Image by © Tim Page/CORBIS via the Creative Commons)

A helicopter airlifts wounded from a Vietnam battlefield. (Image by © Tim Page/CORBIS via the Creative Commons)

“It was a particularly galling remark from a classmate about the conflict in Indo China that prompted Garvey to put his academic career (and his life) on hold and make for the nearest army recruiting station.”

“IMPETUOUS” – That’s how writer Tom Garvey, 72, describes his decision to volunteer for U.S. Army Airborne during the Vietnam War in this recent interview from our friends at AudioBurst.com.

The author of Many Beaucoup Magics, a new novel about the war in Southeast Asia, describes how as a university student in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1965 he had no plans to enlist. It was a particularly galling remark from a classmate about the conflict in Indo China that prompted Garvey to put his academic career (and his life) on hold and make for the nearest army recruiting station. The 22-year old would spend the next three years in uniform, eventually serving as an Army Ranger along the Cambodian border. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1969, Garvey reenrolled in university and finished his degree two years later.

Listen below to hear the author describe the words that set him off.

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