Bruce A Bastien

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In the Bush in Vietnam, in 1968

This is an intimate look at life in the bush during the Vietnam War in 1968. You will experience the daily struggles, battles, and funny things that happen to a USMC grunt living in the bush for 13 months.

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Discover what the Vietnam War was like through the eyes of a Marine Corps infantry grunt coming-of-age in 1968.

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Some would say the 1960’s were the best decade in American history. Those people would have to be talking about the great music, movies, fashion and the counterculture taking place. Sex, Drugs and Rock-N-Roll.


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In the Bush, in Vietnam, in 1968

This is an intimate look at life in the bush during the Vietnam War in 1968. You will experience the daily struggles, battles, and funny things that happen to a USMC grunt living in the bush for 13 months.

You’ll see firsthand through the battles, what Marines ate and drank, where they slept and their existence that ranged from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot & dry to wet & cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired.


You’ll watch as a kid grows philosophically and confident, able to handle stress and strain, learning about friendship, love, difficulty, danger, deprivation, and loss.

His friends are American kids from all different walks of life, backgrounds, races, and learning. The common element among them is their humanity, bravery, and willingness to risk their lives to help one another.


They all were simply just a bunch of American boys doing their job, taking their chances, hoping to go home to the real world from an unreal world.


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Honest and compelling

Straightforward, well written memoir from an 'average' grunt in the ground for his 13 mth tour. Written with humility, humour and sharp observation interspersed with occasional memoirs from other vets - including probably one of the most visceral first person accounts of someone who experienced being on the wrong end of a boobybtrap and some excellent colour photos. Good account worth the read of anyone interested in Vietnam War autobiographies.

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As an 0311 who left Vietnam six months before the author and also in the Marines, I especialrespect his psychological and philosophical insights of his experiences and the war itself.

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This Book answered so many questions

I enjoyed the book very much. The author captured the time period, late 1800's, beautifully. She also brought to life Abigail and her struggles to survive and be independent at a time when women had few options or rights. Well written.....


Over a lifetime, the author has earned a BA degree in biometry from the University of Minnesota, a BS degree in computer science at National University in San Diego, and an AA degree in accounting at Mesa College, San Diego. He has earned a lifetime teaching credential in computer science for community colleges in California and has received a wealth of diverse business applications training while working for IBM, which he used while instructing a systems analysis class at Mesa College.



He has worked as a computer salesman, a hotel night auditor, a business applications computer programmer, a business computer consultant/analyst, and owner of a cloud-based business computer service bureau that hosts multiple clients and their software systems, acting as their IT departments.

Along the way, he earned a commercial pilot license and flight instructor certificate for single and multiengine airplanes with instrument ratings.



That led to forty years of part-time flight instruction and owning a Part 135 on-demand airline. In the capacity as owner-operator, he acted as chief pilot and FAA-designated check airman as well as being a line pilot when required.

His experience in the marines covered the years 1967 through 1969.


His Vietnam experience was from December 2, 1967, through December 20, 1968, the tumultuous year of the Tet Offensive and civil unrest in the United States. During his thirteen months, he was an infantry grunt, with training and combat experience in machine guns, mortars, rockets, and flamethrowers. 



He considers all life experiences valuable but evaluates his time with the marines as being the most influential on who he has become and how he conducts himself.

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