A Memoir by Robert C. Bogison
By the end of the 1960s, the war in Vietnam had become an ugly grind. American forces were pitted against the North Vietnamese Army, partly against VC partisans, and wholly against resistive civilians on the Homefront who protested in opposition to U.S. involvement in a cause they did not think was important, half a world away. Undeterred, a young California surfer volunteered three years of his life in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps because he believed “it was the right thing to do.” Fully expecting to be sent to Vietnam, he had to fight the Army to get there. Then the job description got turned on its head. Not police duties after all. He and his stalwarts were made into infantry. Just as unlikely was his appointment as NCOIC of a flotilla of armed river boats. In either job, there was plenty of action.
Robert C. Bogison is a career police officer of 25 years, retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department as a Homicide Detective. With a sharp eye for detail and sequence, he relates his experience with unflinching honesty and brute force. He lives in rural Montana, far from the maddening crowd.