Fiddler's Green by Jack C. StoddardFiddler's Green by Jack C. Stoddard

Fiddler's Green

byJack C. Stoddard

Paperback | March 1, 2005

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Title:Fiddler's GreenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.34 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:Wasteland PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1933265434

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Americans in Vietnam: No Baby Killers, Just 19 and 20 Year Old Good Men Doing An Impossible Job! Review Written by Bernie Weisz November 5, 2010 Vietnam War Historian, Pembroke Pines, Florida U.S.A. Contact: Title of Review: "Americans in Vietnam: No Baby Killers, Just 19 and 20 Year Old Good Men Doing An Impossible Job!" It is truly amazing how much historic innuendo a reader can discover about America's involvement in Vietnam from a book titled about an old U.S. Cavalry fable. However, this is exactly the case with Jack Stoddard's "Fiddler's Green." I had initially read "What Are They Going to Do, Send Me to Vietnam" and knew there just had to be more from Mr. Stoddard than that. In his initial book, readers discover an array of vividly true accounts composed of a group of frightened young men thrown into the Vietnam War cauldron, perhaps one of America's most ill-conceived military campaigns ever undertaken. Arriving in S.E. Asia with the moniker "FNG", Stoddard began his Vietnam journey as a green, 22-year-old buck sergeant and after almost three full tours of combat duty, went "back to the world" as a battle-hardened veteran. He did not write this book for posterity or financial gains.. Many stories were told that never made print in newspapers nor history books. However, one particular story, that of Frank Saracino, a man who paid the ultimate price for his sacrifice, is what "Fiddler's Green" is all about. Stoddard brings up the anti war movement, being called a "baby killer" by hippie protesters as he walked in the airport terminal fresh out of Vietnam, as well as what Jane Fonda did and stood for. However, he simplified his role as a soldier in this war, what he believed in and why he fought so fiercely for South Vietnam as follows: "I believed I was doing the right thing. And I believed in my country even if they stopped believing in me. I knew the truth, not what all those protesters were saying. That was complete crap. I saw the faces on the Vietnamese people. I knew the real truth about people wanting to be free. You know they just wanted what we Americans already had. Anyway's, I don't even know if it matters now. In the end I guess we die for our buddies. That's what it's all really about-dying for those rag-tag guys you call your friends." This here is the essence of Frank Saracino's life story and ultimate significance of his death-as well as a theme that pervades just about every Vietnam memoir I have ever encountered. In regard to Jane Fonda, Stoddard remarked: "You'd think I couldn't care anymore. I guess I just lost too many good friends to ever forgive that Fonda person. I even hate talking about the Vietnam War anymore. It seems like most civilians either don't care or don't have enough sense to understand that we soldiers were only doing what the Americans told us to." As I've already stated, to the astute reader, there are pearls and gems laden throughout this story concerning the Vietnam conflict. Stoddard juxtaposed cleverly the war in Vietnam with the current situation in Iraq with the following anecdote: "It's the politicians that really run the war, not the Army generals. They just follow orders like the rest of us. Look at this mess in Iraq. It's Vietnam all over again. You think the generals are running this war? Hell no! It's the politicians who have everything all screwed up. They tell the generals when they can fight and when they can't, and by God that's when our soldiers get killed for no reason." Anyone who doubts the validity of Stoddard's previous quip may simply read General William Westmoreland's memoir, or the various books put out by Robert McNamara, Lyndon Johnson's former Secretary of Defense and one of the main architects of the Vietnam quagmire. Mr. Stoddard ends this incredible book of historical fiction with a comment that could easily speak for all who served and especially the 58,236 Americans who lost their lives in S.E. Asia. To that, Stoddard eloquently wrote the following: "When we soldiers came home from Vietnam there were no parades for us. Most of the guys found themselves being ashamed of even fighting for their country. That was wrong. What Vietnam was really about were good men like Frank Saracino doing an impossible job as best as they could, No baby killers, just nineteen and twenty year old boys who became men long before their time. " Well said, Jack Stoddard!
Date published: 2010-11-05