Eleven Bravo

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A short story of the Vietnam War.

After basic training, all soldiers receive advanced training in a specialized field, called an MOS. The designation for the combat infantryman is 11B, or Eleven Bravo according to the phonetic pronunciation.

"Eleven Bravo" is the opening short story in a series entitled "LRRP Rangers Vietnam", an irrisistible recreation of the Vietnam combat experience. More

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Published: April 04, 2011
Words: 6,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458189912
About RW Holmen

Former trial attorney. Frequent public speaker. Indie author. "A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the apostle". Spirit of a Liberal blog.


Life as a grunt in the jungles of Viet Nam
This video is based on Super 8 movies filmed in 1969. The author of Eleven Bravo served with an infantry company in the central highlands of Vietnam, and this video shows life while in a secure encampment near a village outside An Khe.

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Review by: Sheila Deeth on April 29, 2011 : star star star star
“Somehow, I felt abandoned and much farther away than the man on the moon,” says R.W. Holmen in his short story Eleven Bravo. The author conveys that abandonment beautifully, setting the Vietnam war into personal and global context with vivid details and telling comments. Characters and place come to life with the words, dialog is pitch perfect, and there are haunting comments I’ll remember long after the story’s done. From FNG (f** new guy) to savvy vet in twenty-three days, from one land to another with various stops for training along the way, from safety to horror, the author shares the experiences of war, bringing sight, scent, and sound into stunning perspective. Climbing in mud with eighty-pound packs, fools on the march while the “fool killer” trails, clearing brush with machetes, arranging mines… the bond and the folly of immortal combat ring loud and clear from the page, and the story’s told with all the realism, language and pathos of experience.
Eleven Bravo is the first in a series of Vietnam vignettes, autobiographical fiction based on true events and bound by story arc into literary gems. The writing is confident and clear, hauntingly honest, brutally true. The story completes a young man’s transformation and leaves the reader eager for the next installment. If this piece is anything to go by, this will be an excellent series of honest depiction and wise commentary, and I’m humbled to have read this first chapter.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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