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Scarred Forever

By Dave Morgan
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)
01/Sep/2014
Vietnam, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Inspiration
296
Paperback
9781922132772
$29.99

“Vietnam was tough. Most of us were young. We were in a foreign country fighting for a way of life we had barely experienced ourselves. Though the Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, there has been no end to the war for me …”

My Vietnam is Dave Morgan’s story. A typical 20 year old, he was forced into extraordinary circumstances in Vietnam.

Far from his carefree youth, the Vietnam War would expose Dave to an atmosphere of ever-present danger and sheer terror that would impact him forever. His return to a divided Australia would isolate him further.

During his service Dave wrote home to his mother from Vietnam tracking the days and the events. In 1992, after his mother passed away, he found all of his letters carefully numbered and in order. He has combined these letters with his own recollections and diary entries, and the short stories of seven other veterans, to capture the unbelievable danger andhorror that these young men experienced in Vietnam.

Dave also describes how Vietnam established life-long feelings of intense loyalty, trust and mateship between the men that served there. Dave’s story focuses on his time as a soldier and his return psychologically exhausted to a divided nation.

After Vietnam and the freedom of ‘home’, Dave tried to live a normal life, however the horror he’d experienced caught up with him. The pressure was immense. Eventually, something had to give. It wasn’t ever a matter of if, but when you would crack. The impact of Vietnam on his life has been, and continues to be, immeasurable.

‘Vietnam picked off the vulnerable like a hungry predator.’ Many of those who go to war and survive are scarred forever. My Vietnam is the biography – a coming of age story – of a self confessed ordinary bloke who has lead anything but an ordinary life.

“Dave’s determination that ordinary Australians from all walks of life should understand the trauma of PTSD is not only the mark of true courage; it is a crucial step in our understanding of what is a national issue. We need more Dave Morgan’s and we need to listen to them and care for them — that right at the very least they have well and truly earned.” – Denny Neave

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan was born in Melbourne in 1948. He, his twin Don, older brother Gerald and sister Sybil (Patsy) were raised single-handedly by their mother, Sybella, widowed when husband Gerald (Gus) died suddenly during her pregnancy with the twins. With a childhood filled with many moves due to Sybella’s ill heath and her need to […]

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4 reviews for My Vietnam War

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    thankyou for your wonderful book on Vietnam. Dave your book is a wonderful and worthwhile addition to our knowledge of the Vietnam war and it’s impact on our nation. My copy is already with a vet mate up the road.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am writing to congratulate you on your Vietnam/PTSD book. I think it is the most interesting, moving and informative book I have read all year. After reading it (I finished it just a few minutes ago) I have become much better informed about the Vietnam war and Australians’ involvement in it, about PTSD, and also and most importantly, about Dave Morgan! I remember those few minutes outside the Ops Building well. It was so still, so quiet that we could hear the sound of individual snowflakes falling on our clothes. In a way I guess it was the perfect ANZAC Day ceremony, being in such a clean, peaceful place, with no traffic noise, no outsiders, no distractions from our thoughts. So in a small way it affected me as well. Dave, I hope writing all of this down in your book, researching it and getting others involved, and exposing it all not just to others but also to yourself, has helped you. I am sure it will also help others like you, who may be encouraged by reading the book to sort out their own deep problems as far as that is possible. I am proud of you, for what you did for your country, that you have written this book, and all the other things you have done to help yourself and others and inform the wider world. And I am glad to know you.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave your book is a wonderful and worthwhile addition to our knowledge of the Vietnam war and it’s impact on our nation.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave’s determination that ordinary Australians from all walks of life should understand the trauma of PTSD is not only the mark of true courage, it is a crucial step in our understanding of what is a national issue. We need more Dave Morgan’s and we need to listen to them and care for them

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