U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice

Non-Fiction - Memoir
160 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2023
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Author Biography

Crystal Mary Lindsey is a retired Registered Nurse/ Professional Counsellor. Because books can Influence, encourage, and inspire a reader with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Crystal Lindsey wrote this story about her husband Raymond’s lifelong battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following his service as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War. She hopes it better explains combat-related PTSD and the sacrifice of men and women in service to their country.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice is a memoir by Raymond Isaac Lindsey, a Vietnam veteran, of his experiences after the war, written by his wife, Crystal Mary Lindsey. At nineteen, Raymond (Ray) fought in the Vietnam War against children recruited by the Viet Cong. The experience left him with physical and mental injuries. His therapy and treatment in Japan caused more harm, and when he returned home, he experienced symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite having a loving family and friends, Ray felt like he was in another world most of the time, which affected his relationships. He could not sleep because of his narcolepsy, and when he finally closed his eyes, he had nightmares. Ray eventually met Crystal, an Australian nurse whose father had experienced PTSD. The two fell in love, and she brought light into his dark life and helped him confront his demons.

Ray’s story is an emotional tale that raises awareness about PTSD. The book highlights symptoms of PTSD, which include anxiety, mood swings, depression, and sensitivity to sounds and smells. Ray experienced all these and more but did not let them defeat him. U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice is non-linear, but it is easy to follow. It contains flashbacks from Ray's life before the war and the circumstances that led him to join the military. His sense of adventure and freedom was short-lived, and I felt terrible for him. I loved his diligence in trying to recover. He tried many activities like motorcycling, painting, playing golf, and joining singles groups to cope with his trauma. Most people experiencing depression and anxiety fail to try and end up committing suicide or being consumed by the darkness. The book is well written and organized, with pictures of Ray and a consistent format. The picture of the military boots and helmet at the beginning of every chapter was a nice touch. Crystal Mary Lindsey wrote passionately, and I appreciate her sharing Ray’s story with the world.

J.E. Grace

A Story That Touched My Heart! Highly Recommended~
This is a story about a loving man whose life changed forever because of his service during the Vietnam War. It is a heartbreaking story of the life of Raymond. From his youth to the end of his life, he was plagued with ghosts from his youth and the war.

The author's writing style brought his story to life and touched my heart. It portrays Raymond's sacrifice for his country and also the strength of his wife in spite of the circumstances.

The story gives the reader an inside look into PTSD and mental illness that will help others understand the problems our vets struggle with. A well-rounded story filled with faith during a time of struggle. Highly recommended.

Noah Boyd

5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional story of a Marine serving in Vietnam

This book is a real page-turner, I enjoyed the stories leading up to enlistment. You learn to understand the Vietnamese plight as humans. I am grateful for all of these brave men who put their life on the line including the author who took the time to say what needed to be said. Thank you for your service!