Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War
In this frank, engaging memoir, Captain Chamberlain chronicles the missions, personal courage and sacrifice of the Marines he was privileged to command; painfully recalls the unspeakable order he and his Marines were forced to obey; and the cover-up which followed. Nearly four decades later, Captain Chamberlain makes right what was wrong; brings closure to the family of a fallen and abandoned warrior; and attempts to put to rest the guilt which plagued his military career and life. Unlike most books on the Viet Nam War, this book is written at a tactical level by a Marine Company Commander who was there.
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"Captain Doug Chamberlain's book reaffirms the stark reality, daily agonies and the constant vigilance of commanding a company of Marines and Corpsmen in combat during the height of the Vietnam War in 1968. It is both story and history describing threatening events with split-second decisions changing lives, forever! This book is a compelling read, honest, up-close and personal told by a Company Commander who took his responsibilities seriously! "Skipper" Chamberlain, not only "tells the rest of the story" but "tells the real story" of his time in the field with his Marines and Sailors and of the traumatic, life-changing ordeal of being ordered by higher-ups to bury a U.S. Marine KIA...."
-Grady T. Birdsong, Corporal USMC - 1/27, 2/9 & 3rd MarDiv Communications Company, RVN 1968-1969. Author of To the Sound of the Guns.
"I have known Doug Chamberlain to be a man of constant character and integrity since I first met him as a student athlete at John Brown University in the 1960s. His book recounts his agonized response to a direct order to "bury" the remains of a fallen Marine in Vietnam, followed by a prompt retraction at Doug's urging and a heroic recovery and return of that body to the family. However, the confusing and critical response from a few officers in the Marine Corp Command set Doug upon a difficult 50-year journey of unanswered questions and great personal stress. His final victorious discovery of the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" is a gripping and tough personal narrative that will inspire every reader in difficult circumstances to speak truth, regardless of the consequences."
-John E. Brown, III Past president of JBU, and former AR State Senator
"Captain Chamberlain's searing memoir of combat in the southern I Corps zone, during the height of the Vietnam War, not only tells gripping stories of heroism and tragedy... it also unveils, for the first time, the truth of a sorry episode in Marine Corps history that has remained buried for fifty years. Chamberlain's earnest prose reveals a burdened conscience, but it also demonstrates his unflinching courage in fulfilling his duty as a Marine and a patriot, ultimately proving himself a warrior with his honor intact. I was privileged to help him uncover documentary evidence of the events at the heart of his story, bringing closure after half a century for a company of Marines who were asked to do the unthinkable, and for a family who never understood why they had to bury a loved one--not once, but twice. Bury Him can stand proudly alongside such enduring classics of Marine Corps literature as Robert Leckie's Helmet for My Pillow and Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War."
-Paul T. Semones, P.E., Semones Forensic Engineering