Legionaire Chronicles His Vietnam War Experience

Victor Murtha Post 972 - Long Beach, NY

NEW YORK CITY – April 26, 2010 – In May 1967, Howard Kalachman was a young draftee sent overseas to Vietnam. In a series of letters home, Kalachman tried to calm the nerves of his family while fighting in the bloody jungles of the Far East. Now, after nearly 43 years, those previously unpublished letters are now available in book form. The result is a frank insight to the complexities of writing home to an anxious family.

“I never imagined publishing my letters home to my family,” Kalachman said. “But it was a story that had to be told about how we communicated from the War battlefields back home.”

His story chronicles his experiences as part of the First Air Calvary in Vietnam from November 1967 to December 1968. The collection of letters includes his unit’s activity in the Tet Offensive, Hue, and Khe Sahn and of Kalachman’s serious injuries obtained at AnKhe.

By reading the letters, and seeing the photos, the reader is transported back in time to the Vietnam War and starts to see the feelings and insight from the war zone via letters written home. The fresh perspective provides some insight on the war that’s not provided in ordinary military biographies and books.

“In honor of all vets and their families, I am excited to provide this opportunity for historians, history buffs, military have their own stories told for everyone to hear, learn and understand.”

Thoughtful, poignant, and often humorous, “Hi Mom, I’m O.K.” and Other Lies from Vietnam is not a story of heroics, but rather serves as a reminder to all about the sacrifices soldiers and their loved ones make for their country.

“Hi Mom, I’m O.K. and Other Lies From Vietnam” is available online from the publisher Trafford Publishing as well as your local bookseller or major online retailers such as Amazon.
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