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Fifteen Minutes Ago

A Vietnam War Memoir

By Craig Tschetter
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Hardcover
Price: $25.99

Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-6350563-6-5
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Number of Pages: 172
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 9/12/2017

A Memoir: A innocent 18 year old leaves home to join the military during a time of war.  He leaves because he can no longer live with the religious mandates imposed by his parents Mennonite faith.  The Marine Corps boot camp and further training leave him filled with fear, uncertainty, and yet as a marine filled with pride.  He serves 20 months in Vietnam during the height of the war (67-69) as a combat radio operator.  Wounded twice, forced to witness a haunting murder, and living one day at a time he struggles to meet the date he can leave Vietnam.    Obsessed with memories of Vietnam that won't leave him alone he see suicide as his only reprieve.  No one but his wife understands the life he live and the medications required to keep him level.  When people ask him when he was in Vietnam, he responds by saying from November 1967 - July 1969.  What he really wants to tell them is: 15 MINUTES AGO.

CRAIG TSCHETTER, writes vividly about being raised by parents of strict Mennonite faith and his struggles to deal with their religious mandates.  Enlisting in the Marine Corps to escape home he finds himself in the jungles of Vietnam for 20 months and then at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA as a Drill Instructor.  Educated with a degree in Mortuary Science he spends the next 34 years are spent in the funeral service industry.  Craig and his wife, Della, live in Brookings, SD and have two children.  Their daughter and granddaughter reside in Florida and their son in Oregon.   

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