Book Xin Loi, Viet Nam


Mi Lieutenant
MI.Net Member
Apr 18, 2005
Author Al Sever was a door gunner and crew chief on helicopters, serving 31 months in Vietnam, fighting in 11 of the war's 16 campaigns.
In his prologue to the book, he mentions that 'Xin Loi ' was one of the few phrases that he and others learned and that it was used daily in their conversations. He explains that, depending on the tone of voice or how it was used in a sentence, it could mean "Sorry about that", but could also mean "F**k you." I'll leave you to decide what context he means in the title, should you read this book, which I recommend you do. Amazon are offering this book and others, at bargain prices just now.
I found this to be one of the best and most informative books on the Viet Nam War that I have ever read. It is a fascinating and utterly honest autobiography by an obviously dedicated soldier who was not afraid to reveal his own fears, shortcomings and failures along with the horror and heroism of that war. For me, he tells it like it was. Highly recommended.

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