My War in the Jungle

The Long-Delayed Memoir of a Marine Lieutenant in Vietnam 1968–69

by G. M. Davis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/11/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781665700818
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781665700801
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781665700825

About the Book

This memoir tells the story of a Marine rifle platoon commander’s time in the mountainous jungle of the northernmost province of the then Republic of Vietnam. While tasked with fighting the enemy, G.M. Davis made some great friends … but saw too much death. The author tracks his tour of duty in the jungle, leading Marines not against the Viet Cong but against the North Vietnamese Army, a well-trained and well-supplied professional army dedicated to unifying the two Vietnams. The heat, the worry, the responsibility and the daily grind took a toll amid firefights, battles, victory, and loss. Contact with the enemy was frequent, and the chaos of even a small fight was daunting. Davis also examines the political reality of the time, arguing that the war was lost before it began, but that the nation kept fighting and losing soldiers so politicians could look strong and keep their jobs. Looking back at the war, he concludes it was a waste of lives and treasure.

About the Author

G. M. Davis was commissioned a second lieutenant of Marines on Nov. 9, 1967. Less than a year later, he arrived in Vietnam to lead a rifle platoon against the North Vietnamese Army. Upon returning home, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Law, and practiced law in Pensacola, Florida, where he settled in 1973. He was appointed to the federal bench as a United States Magistrate Judge in 1996 and, although now retired, still serves on recall when requested by the court. He is still a Marine.