The mythology of the Green Berets, of their clandestine, special operations, has been celebrated in story and song. The reality, however, could be quite different. This story of one soldier's experience, the day-to-day loss and drudgery of Green Beret H. Lee Barnes, reveals the daily grind and quiet desperation behind polished-for-public-consumption accounts of military heroics. In When We Walked Above the Clouds, Barnes tells what it was like to be a Green Beret, first in the Dominican Republic during the civil war of 1965 and then at A-107, Tra Bong, Vietnam, where he eventually served as adviser to a combat recon platoon consisting chiefly of Montagnard irregulars. Though “nothing extraordinary,” as Barnes saw it, his months of simply doing what the mission demanded make for sobering reading: the mundane business of killing rats, cleaning guns, and building bunkers renders the intensity of patrols and attacks all the more harrowing.
More than anything, however, Barnes' story is one of loss - of morale lost to alcoholism, teammates lost to friendly fire, missions aborted, and missions endlessly and futilely repeated. And yet against this dark background, Barnes graciously honors the quiet professionals whose service, overshadowed by the outsized story of Vietnam, nonetheless carried the day.
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"A war remembrance of beauty and unadorned brutality." (Kirkus Reviews)
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"outstanding story and well written"
I was in that shitty war for two tours. I also departed Ft. Benning, Ga. with the 1st air cab. in 1965. Was also in the so called IDrand battle. History of this battle was not right..A Lt. Col. of that 2nd 7th made 4 Star Gen. over 260 KIA. I was a medical Platoon Sgt. and I was their!! Lost numberou friend.
This is a well written and easy to listen to account of a tour in Nam. This is not a story of unbridled excitement but on of the hard work and boredom that are so much a part of war. Thank you.
Brought back some memories I'm also a veteran of the Vietnam era very realistic good narration enjoyed it looking forward to reading more or hearing more. Like the way Mr Spalding made all the characters seem real with different accents.
Yes, great presentation for a strong reality for many of our vets. Very well present by Mr. Spalding, who is a vet himself! He knows all too well what this is all about!
When he is depicting early training on the bus and afterwards. But really so much of it can be related to by vets. I have served the vets at the VA hospital as a doctor, and what they have been through is truly heroic, though even sometimes they may not see it that way. A lot of my family are vets or active military... thank you for your sacrifice and service!
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The narrators voice is very distracting. I cant finish listening to it. He has one nasaly voice for every character in the book. The only exception is when he attempts an Australian accent, same nasaly voice with a horrible accent.
I cant finish listening to it. Maybe it's a great book, I wouldn't know.
"Held My Attention Throughout"
This is a very straightforward personal narrative told in an unpretentious, lean style that is nevertheless vivid in detail. I was hooked from the beginning; my attention never wandered.
"Outstanding Narrative... makes story "Come Alive""
This is an exceptionally entertaining audio book. Kevin Spalding brings a lot visual to the narration with his effective use of “assuming the voice of the Character” for the various individuals in the narrative of When We Walked Above the Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam. When he is assuming various characters he audibly takes on the persona of that individual so effectively that you can easily become a mentally visual participant in the in the story as if you are actually present. His presentation of the characters and the story really brings this narrative to life.
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When Barnes was taking out the sniper on patrol with the snoring Sgt
"There in 68, infantry, Ashau"
Interesting, I felt it was pretty wordy until about the 30th Chapter.
My review of the story would be slighted because I would be comparing my experience to H Lee's. I can relate to just about everything that was mentioned as " that's how it was".
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