Key West, FL (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
In 1968, Simmen was a young second lieutenant and infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, and his tour of duty there would prove to have a profound impact on the rest of his life. “Those Who Dared” takes readers straight into jungle warfare of Vietnam as Simmen fictionalizes his experiences there.
The bond of camaraderie that grew between the soldiers fighting under tough and bloody conditions is evident in the pages of “Those Who Dared” as Simmen shares this incredible story. When one of the platoon members is captured by the Viet Cong, the platoon seeks him out, vowing to rescue him at any cost. Their search leads them to the American Embassy in Saigon at the height of the 1968 Tet offensive, and it is here where decisions and sacrifices are made. These choices affected the entire platoon.
“I want to tell what it was like fighting in Vietnam,” Simmen explains. “From all accounts, we had more interactions with the locals than soldiers do today. We also had less moral support, and we were more on our own out in the field, sometimes for weeks at a time. What we did was have each other, and the life and death situations that happened to us strengthened our bonds.”
About the Author
Jim Simmen was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in business and taught scuba diving for San Diego Divers Supply after the war. Simmen lived in Alaska for 13 years and is now retired in Key West, Fla. He is also the author of “Love Held Hostage” and is a professional Getty Images photographer.
The Vietnam Veteran's Wall in New York has a quote from a letter that Simmen wrote from Vietnam to his brother back home. The quote and his letter were used in the book, and the Grammy award-winning 1987 documentary, “DEAR AMERICA, LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM.” A quote from Simmen’s letter is also being used in the upcoming middle school history textbook, “Discovering Our Past: A History of the World,” to be published in 2013 by McGraw Hill. Also, the historical book, House to House, by Keith Nolan, features a chapter on Simmen's involvement in the May 1968 Mini-Tet Offensive in Saigon. For more information, visit Simmen’s webpage, http://www.photographicadventures.net.
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