Wisconsin draftees Steve Donovan (Madison) and Fred Borchardt (Oshkosh) met in 1965 when they were inducted into the Army together as part of the buildup for the Vietnam War. They struck up a close friendship immediately, but little did they know then that they’d go to Missouri together for Basic Training... then to Texas together for Medic Training... then to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in San Antonio... and then to Vietnam together as members of the hospital staff.
During their 16 months with the 24th Evac, they managed to perform the duties of more than a dozen different military occupations including Hospital Orderly, Prisoner Guard, Construction Worker, Sign Painter, Emergency Room Assistant, Armed Sentry, Jeep Driver, Translator and Headquarters Clerk. Whatever Uncle Sam needed at the time, the authors were there to answer the call while the war raged on just a scant few miles away.
Following Vietnam and college, Fred and Steve went on to successful careers in Marketing and Journalism, their chosen fields of study. And now they've written a highly entertaining book about their wartime adventures! In it they've chosen to focus not on the horrors of combat but on the most interesting and amusing aspects of their experiences in Southeast Asia. In so doing they've told a highly revealing yet surprisingly humorous story that's not likely to ever have been heard before. Often hilarious while occasionally alarming or heart-rending, overall it's a truly funny and refreshing look at the Vietnam War.