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Three million Americans took part in the Vietnam War. Every soldier who fought in Vietnam was changed by the war. Frederick Downs, Jr. served in the infantry, patrolling the jungles until his left arm was blown off & the rest of his body mutilated. He had stepped on the trigger of a land mine on January 11, 1968. That story was told in The Killing Zone, published in 1978. Three million Americans took part in the Vietnam War. Every soldier who fought in Vietnam was changed by the war. Frederick Downs, Jr. served in the infantry, patrolling the jungles until his left arm was blown off & the rest of his body mutilated. He had stepped on the trigger of a land mine on January 11, 1968. That story was told in The Killing Zone, published in 1978. He nearly died, but by sheer will he was able to rekindle a remarkable spirit that carried him forth into a new life. There were daily operations & weeks of wracking pain. This is the story of how one man put his life together again after he left the hospital.


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Three million Americans took part in the Vietnam War. Every soldier who fought in Vietnam was changed by the war. Frederick Downs, Jr. served in the infantry, patrolling the jungles until his left arm was blown off & the rest of his body mutilated. He had stepped on the trigger of a land mine on January 11, 1968. That story was told in The Killing Zone, published in 1978. Three million Americans took part in the Vietnam War. Every soldier who fought in Vietnam was changed by the war. Frederick Downs, Jr. served in the infantry, patrolling the jungles until his left arm was blown off & the rest of his body mutilated. He had stepped on the trigger of a land mine on January 11, 1968. That story was told in The Killing Zone, published in 1978. He nearly died, but by sheer will he was able to rekindle a remarkable spirit that carried him forth into a new life. There were daily operations & weeks of wracking pain. This is the story of how one man put his life together again after he left the hospital.

46 review for Aftermath: A Soldier's Return from Vietnam

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Gemmill

    This is the second in a trilogy by Fred Downs of his experiences in Viet Nam and after his release from the war. What a tough read. Most of the book is devoted to a retelling of his time in various hospitals after being seriously wounded in battle. His accounts of the surgeries, other patients, the medical staff, and the unbelievable pain these men went through is not for the faint of heart. (Also, for readers of tender sensibilities, I will say there is plenty of "colorful" language, so be fore This is the second in a trilogy by Fred Downs of his experiences in Viet Nam and after his release from the war. What a tough read. Most of the book is devoted to a retelling of his time in various hospitals after being seriously wounded in battle. His accounts of the surgeries, other patients, the medical staff, and the unbelievable pain these men went through is not for the faint of heart. (Also, for readers of tender sensibilities, I will say there is plenty of "colorful" language, so be forewarned.) Especially poignant was his retelling of his coming back home and how different people reacted to his being a veteran of Viet Nam. I have the final installment of the series (No Longer Enemies, Not Yet Friends) and I can't wait to read it.

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    Thomas Hunt

    Heart wrenching story

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