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Monday, June 9, 2014

Black Dragon Red Sun, The Vietnam War

By R. Sanchez

Paperback and Kindle
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
152 Pages

About the Book

This is the memoir of Gunnery Sergeant Roger A. Sanchez Sr., United States Marine Corps retired.  

It is written from a personal journal that he began in 1971, after he returned home from Vietnam.

Black Dragon Red Sun takes us on a journey, beginning with memories of the ghetto streets of the south side of Chicago, to the Marine Corps, from boot camp, to Vietnam in 1970, while serving as 1st Squad Leader with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Platoon.

It is not written as an historical account of the Vietnam War, but as a personal and emotional observation about the war, from the author’s point of view.

5 Star Review:

“Short but interesting. Written in everyday terms. Easily read.  Written by someone that really ‘did their time’ over there.  I recommend it. --”Skeeter”

About the Author

R. Sanchez is my author name. I find it easier to use than my full name, Roger A. Sanchez Sr. I live in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, which is a small rural town of nine thousand souls in Eastern Oklahoma. I was born in Wisconsin in 1952, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. 

I served in the United States Marine Corps from February 1969 until September 1991, and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. I served as an infantry squad leader during the Vietnam War, with the First Marine Division during 1970 and 1971. I returned from the war after being wounded for the second time, and spent the remainder of my tour on Okinawa Japan.

The first books I have written have to do with my memoirs of the Vietnam War. My other works come from my sometimes silly imagination, and from my memories of growing up in Chicago. 

I started late in life as a writer. I was fifty-nine. I enjoy delving into not only my memory of true life experiences, but also creating new characters and places within the realm of my imagination.

I am an avid reader, and fascinated with the number of fictional stories that continue to be created by so many talented writers.  My hope is to continue writing. I want to leave behind a legacy for some future family member to follow. 

To all who write, I wish you a great journey; to all who read, I wish you great enjoyment. --R. Sanchez

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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