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Walking Point

A Vietnam Memoir
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Robert E Kunkel
Thunderbrook Publishing
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Basic Training (Boot Camp): 2nd Battalion, 19th Artillery

Advanced Infantry Training (AIT),4th Troop, 12th Squadron

Advance Unit Training (AUT)

5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, Garry Owen

Battalion Goes To Vietnam, USS Hugh J. Gaffey

Beach Landing in Vietnam

Camp Radcliff (An Khê), Building 5th Bn 7th Cav Compound

First Field Assignment: Security for Highway 19

Operation Irving

The Caves

Operation Thayer

Sore Feet Retreat

Retreat is Over

Arriving Too Early

A Date with the Enemy

Trouble with a FNG (F---ing New Guy)

A Close Call

Communicating with the Enemy

The Monsoon Rain: Heading to the Hills

B Company's First KIA (Killed in Action)

Firefight, November 1, 1966

Hospital (Qui Nho'n)

Flight to Japan

7th Field Hospital


Back to 'Nam

Back with the Platoon

A Gung-ho acting Jack

Move to LZ English

An Lão Valley

The Tet New Year

LZ Security

B Company to Get a New Leader

Easter 1967

Monkeys, Dogs, and Fire


One Hell of a Firefight


Missing Funds

From Priesthood to General's Aide

LZ Security in the Mountains

Cam Ranh Bay

The Night Crew

Befriending the Laundress

Enjoying the Bay


Back to the World

Going Home

Back to Fort Carson

A Civilian

Marriage and a Career Made for Me



About the Author
Bob Kunkel grew up in a large, Catholic family on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. Although he was older than some draftees, at 22, he was still young and relatively innocent. But not for long.
Kunkel recounts his experiences with so much detail that the reader can feel and smell the steamy jungle. He brings you right along with him. His story is much more than a collection of details, however. His military experience was largely mundane routine, spiced with dramatic and dangerous moments and anecdotal incidents, recounted with a dry sense of humor. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster of a read.

Kunkel spent parts of 18 years working on this memoir. It began as general notes he wrote down in order to free the haunting details from his mind, as therapy for PTSD, It evolved into a full-fledged memoir. "Once I opened up, I could deal with it," he says. Initially, his plan was to share this painstakingly written account with family, as a sort of legacy. His story deserves to be shared much more broadly, though. It is a story of drive and tenacity, of survival, and of the power of faith and family.

We know Kunkel survived Vietnam to write this tale. Delving into these pages, however, the reader will be taken on one adventure after another, with plenty of twists along the way. It's certainly not at all like in the movies.

Draw your own conclusions on the merit, or lack thereof, of the Vietnam War. But you'll appreciate the time spent with Kunkel during his year of Vietnam duty. You will not see that war the same way after reading Walking Point.

Jean Doran Matua, Editor