Lived History: Rutgers Alumnus Turns Uncle’s Vietnam War Letters into a Book

James Gilch’s letters home from the Vietnam War – tracing his trajectory from a young draftee to a disillusioned soldier – could have filled a book by the time he was killed in action in July 1966.

Today they are the backbone of a new book, Everyman in Vietnam: A Soldier’s Journey into the Quagmire, thanks to inspiration Gilch’s nephew found at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

James Gilch

Photo: Courtesy Joseph Gilch

Joseph Gilch, born 23 years after his uncle died, grew up …read more

Source: Rutgers Today

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