E. Franklin Evans is a decorated,
retired career U.S. Army officer who fought as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. Employed as a defense contractor, he
is a father of three grown children and lives in Georgia with his wife. E. Franklin Evans is the author
of Stand To ...: A Journey to Manhood.
According to the book description, “E. Franklin Evans had watched every war movie John Wayne
ever made, sometimes several times over. When the “Duke” led his men, war was exciting and heroes were made as
they ruggedly fought and predictably won each battle. But when Evans’ high school friend and real-life hero Glenn was
killed in Vietnam, war became real and personal for Evans, and he felt a tremendous obligation to the buddy who gave his life
in that faraway jungle.
At the tender age of nineteen,
Evans voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and left for basic training in early December of 1966. Before long, he was deeply
entrenched in a treacherous war, far removed from his innocent and carefree youth. He had to learn not only to survive but
also to muster the bravery to lead others in combat as he was thrust from adolescence into adulthood.
It has taken Evans more than thirty-five years to begin to heal
the physical and emotional wounds that kept him from sharing his intensely personal story. From his depiction of the picturesque
aerial view of Cam Rahn Bay to that of the barbed wire, metal planking, and squat huts housing weapons of death and destruction,
Evans’s Stand To …provides a vividly detailed glimpse into what it was like to become a man on the battlefields