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Command Sergeant Major Paul Tardiff, USA (ret.) “enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard in 1948 at the age of 16. In 1951 he entered the Regular army and was assigned to the Territory of Hawaii, he fought with the 3d Infantry Division in Korea and was seriously wounded in a minefield. The book takes him through various stateside assignments and the Vietnam War and a New Orleans hurricane.” Command Sergeant Major Paul Tardiff is the author of I Do Solemnly Swear.

According to the book description of I Do Solemnly Swear, “In a review of Paul Tardiff's book, I Do Solemnly Swear W. H. McDonald president of Military Writers Society of America (and himself a highly decorated veteran of Vietnam) said this:  " I thoroughly enjoyed reading the memoir of Sergeant Major Paul Tardiff. His book explores his combat experience in Korea and Vietnam.  Tardiff understates some of the most emotional and dangerous events of his life. He is obviously a leader of men and also a man of principle. His writing style is clean and efficient and makes easy reading.


I found myself engrossed in the book and in the man. He comes off as the kind of guy men would follow without hesitation into battle or just spend time with. This story would be great reading for other career military men or for people who love reading about strong people and heroes.  This book receives the Military Writers Society's highest rating of FIVE STARS!  It also gets my personal recommendation. Buy it and read it!”

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Neal A. Williams "CWO N.A. Williams USAR (ret)" of I do Solemnly Swear, it “brings about a full range of emotions for one who has also been honored serve our great Country. With his understated narration of the events in his career in the US Army you who have served will find yourself laughing and at times wiping the tears from your eyes as this solder takes you back. He without getting into graphic detail takes you into combat; the rewards and frustrations of peace time service and clearly demonstrates the strengths and trials of that honorable service. CSM Tardiff is clearly the kind of man who you would follow knowing that he is principled and honorable not doing or expecting anything from his solders that he would not do himself. I found myself riveted to this book wanting to pick it up at nearly every waking moment reliving my own career in the Army. If you were a career military man or woman this is a must read but anyone who wants to know what it is like in service to your country should also pick up and read this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough or sing its praises loudly enough.”

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