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Doug Bradley "is a Madison, Wisconsin-based Vietnam veteran who has written extensively about his Vietnam and post-Vietnam experiences. He also has more than 30 years of experience as a communications professional in higher education, principally with the University of Wisconsin. Doug was drafted into the U. S. Army in March 1970 and served as an information specialist (journalist) at the Army Hometown News Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and U. S. Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters near Saigon. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate school, Doug relocated to Madison where he helped establish Vets House, a storefront, community-based service center for Vietnam era veterans.A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany College. He also holds a Masters in English from Washington State University.

In addition to writing a blog for the Huffington Post, Doug is the co-author of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music and the Vietnam Experience with Dr. Craig Werner, UW-Madison Professor of Afro-American Studies, with an anticipated publication in 2013. The two also co-teach a popular course at UW-Madison entitled The Vietnam Era: Music, Media, and Mayhem. Doug and his wife, Pam Shannon, are the parents of two adult children. DEROS Vietnam is his first book.

According to the book description, DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle "presents a unique, fictional montage of the war, and postwar, experiences of Vietnam support troops. Structurally based on Ernest Hemingways In Our Time, DEROS Vietnam (the acronym stands for Date Eligible for Return from Over Seas) is a riveting collection of 16 short stories and 16 interlinears about the GIs who battled boredom, racial tensions, the military brass, drugs, alcoholand occasionally the enemy. 

From cooks and correspondents to clerks and comptrollers, DEROS Vietnam distills the essence of life for soldiers in the rear during the war and, later, back home in a divided America. Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley, a former Army journalist who served in the air-conditioned jungle at U. S. Army Headquarters near Saigon in 1970-71, tells these compelling stories with wit, intensity, and empathy. In doing so, he provides a gateway to a Vietnam experience that has been largely ignored and whose reverberations still echo across America."


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