I Served

I Served

by Don C. Hall, Annette R. Hall


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I SERVED was written differently from most other Vietnam memoirs. Instead of being a chronological recitation of my experiences growing up in the orphanage and then going to Vietnam and serving with Co. F, 51st Long Range Patrol (Airborne) Infantry, I made its focus be the characters in the story. That is its greatest strength and what makes it such a good read. Because I focused so closely on character, you really get to care about the person Don Hall because you know what makes him tick, what is important to him, and what drives him. You are also engaged by the other people you meet in the story because they are so clearly drawn. You don't have to be a military buff to enjoy the book.

I SERVED is a factual story backed up by official U.S. Army records. Col. William C. Maus, the man who formed F/51st LRP, told me where to find that documentation. I also have copies of handouts we received when we went to Recondo School. Before he died, he told me how much he enjoyed reading the book. He praised me for having written such a great story about a unit he was proud to have commanded. He was a visionary who knew our unit was the vanguard for future U.S. Army military strategy and tactics. I remember his telling me at the time that F/51st LRP was making history. Being just a naïve 19-year-old staff sergeant, I didn't understand the significance of that statement. I do now.

The current print and ebook versions of I SERVED are a second edition to the original 1994 hardbound edition, with a revised preface and afterword, a new War Stories section (with stories from other men with whom I served), and new photographs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552124895
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 822,951
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Don C. Hall grew up in Catholic orphanage in southwest Virginia and enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1965, shortly after his 17th birthday. He served in Vietnam in 1967-68 as a combat team leader in Company F, 52st Long Range Patrol (Airborne) Infantry. After leaving the service in 1970, he served as a police officer and then later worked as a privat investigator. Together, Don and his wife Annette wrote I Served. In addition, they produced an award-winning documentary about Don's unit, title ''Silent Victory: the story of Co. F, 51st Long Range Patrol (Airborne) Infantry.'' They just finished showing ''Silent Victory'' at various film festivals around the country. In the final festival in which ''Silent Victory'' appeared (the Vision Film Festival in Virginia, in April 2005), they capped off a successful festival run by winning the Audience Choice Award and the Best Editing Award. ''Silent Victory'' has consistently won high praise from audiences and festival previewers alike. Don and his wife Annette have known eachother since the eighth grade and have been married since July 1968. They have one daughter. For more information about I Served, please visit www.i-served.com. For more information about ''Silent Victory,'' please visit www.silentvictory.com.

What People are Saying About This

Dennis Foley

From a turbulent childhood, to a warrior’s role, to a special love-riveting and true.
— (Dennis Foley, author of Long Range Patrol)

Michael Lee Lanning

Honest, gritty, passionate I Served greatly adds to the personal narrative history of LRRPs in America’s longest war.
— (Lt. Col. Michael Lee Lanning USA, retired, author of Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam)

Jim Morris

I Served is Oliver Twist, Romeo and Juliet, Catch-22, and All Quiet On The Western Front, all rolled into one. An extraordinary literary achievement.
— (Jim Morris, author of War Story)

Keith William Nolan

Company F, 51st Long Range Patrol played a pivotal and hair-raising role in the defense of Long Binh during the 1968 Tet Offensive. In I Served, Don Hall tells the story of Company F before, during, and after Tet in intimate details.
— (Keith William Nolan, author of The Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
'I Served' is one of the best true stories of the LRP experiance in Vietnam I have read. The authors attention to detail from actual radio logs and after action reports, plus his ability to write the story in a captivating manor makes 'I Served' a must read for anyone interested in the struggle of the Vietnam war. I SERVED IS HARD TO PUT DOWN ONCE YOU START READING IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I Served' started out slow to me but before I could put it down it really grabbed my attention. I found that the slow introduction pages were all necessary in getting the big picture of what was to come. Wow! I had no idea of how spell-binding the following pages would be. What a ride through so many of my same experiences, smells, sights, sounds, and the kind of life that a foot soldier had to deal with to survive. I gained an even greater respect for those 'ghost soldiers' that I never met but knew to rely on the much needed intelligence that they provided for our reactionary brigade. It's a good read for anyone who has ever wanted for more truth about the courage of the combat infantryman and especially the recon team members during the Vietnam War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I-served is a well written account by Mr Don Hall on Fco 51st Lrp missions and the sacrifices endured by the men who served in the unit. Having been there,I know what Mr Hall talks about and can relate on a personal level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been in Vietnam during the same time, Don has nailed the details of living in the jungle. The background to the story leading up to his service is critical to a well told story. You won't be able to put the book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wanted to know what it was like running around in the woods of Vietnam in a small recon team, this is the book for you. I used to drop these guys off from my helicopter and pick them up again. Not until I read this book did I really know what it was they were doing out there between the time I dropped them off and picked them up. All I could remember was that usually when we picked them up somebody was shooting at them. Don and Annette have done a good job.