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Richard Martines: Grunts Don't Cry


For 34 years Richard Charles Martinez kept a journal dealing with his experiences as an infantryman in the Vietnam War. Martinez writes in a style that conveys awe regarding what he saw and did. Martinez served with the 1st Battalion/26th Regiment of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division stationed at Quan Loi and Lai Khe in 1968-69. The shock of combat and its aftermath “stays with you forever,” he says, “in memories and nightmares.”