Interview with Fred Dungan

What prompted you to write Policing America's Empire - Pax Americana?
I never intended for this to be a book. The thought of exposing my innermost secrets – issues and incidents that had been buried deep within my subconscious for more than four decades – did not appeal to me. I did it because I had no other choice. I have heard it said that the best, the most effective, and the least traumatic psychological disinfectant is sunlight. Dredging up half-baked rationalizations of actions in my distant past was not a pleasant project. I was having a hard time living with myself. My dreams were filled with dead uniformed men without eyes who stood in formation pointing their bony fingers towards me and accusing me of crimes, some of which I had and some of which I had not committed. I woke up screaming, frequently falling off the bed onto the hardwood floor. Occasionally, I had involuntary erections (one occurred this morning) which lasted several hours despite my efforts to become flaccid. I rarely slept for more than an hour or two at a time. Even Uno, my trusty beagle, was upset by my strange unexplained behavior. Nor was I capable of having a relationship with a respectable, caring woman. Two marriages had ended in divorce. I could no longer plausibly deny that I was at fault.

Today, it is four decades later. When I was nineteen years old, I did not expect I would live long enough to see my twenty-first birthday. My platoon sergeant said there were two types of Military Policemen—the "quick and the dead ones, like Dungan." Then he turned away in disgust. Two years later, I heard he got shot in the butt in Vietnam while attempting to flee during a firefight. It served him right. When we low-crawled through live fire, he always yelled at me to "get your ass down on the ground." Evidently, he forgot to follow his own advice.

Six thousand years of civilization and we have not made much progress towards repealing the Law of the Jungle. Yes, it is still all about Kill or Be Killed—nowhere is it more evident than war. Take a naive pacifist nineteen year old university student, toss him into the midst of an ongoing war of liberation, stress him far beyond the breaking point, and feign surprise that Sigmund Freud himself could not have helped to crack this nut case, much less a wet behind the ears Veterans Administration psychological technician who hardly earns enough money to pay the rent for his one bedroom studio apartment. Excuse me, but isn't it Uncle Sam's responsibility to restore me to good health considering he illegally drafted me out of college because my social science major was not considered to be essential to the war effort. Four decades later and I still hurt like hell—both physically and mentally—I do not have a right knee. Consequently, I cannot stand or walk and I'm confined to a fall-apart, rickety manual wheelchair. Sometimes I wake-up howling with my five year old male beagle dog. It would be hilarious, were it not pathetic. I rarely sleep more than an hour at a time; never more than five or six hours per night. I look and feel like shit.

I could care less if nobody reads this book. Since I could not afford a real psychiatrist, I began writing about the things which bothered me in an attempt to effect a cure. The more I wrote about what I had actually experienced as a young Military Policeman serving in the Panama Canal Zone in 1968 through 1970, the better I felt (and the better I functioned). If you do not like it, toss it in the trash can and I will give you a full refund.

Who told me a beginner like myself had the ability to analyze himself? While browsing through the index at I came upon a digitalized version of Dream Psychology, Psychoanalysis for Beginners by Doctor Sigmund Freud who was convinced that the average man could better his life by means of self-analysis. I was so taken by his intellect that I uploaded Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners to my website at where you are welcome to read it for free. An added bonus is a tape recording in which Doctor Freud explains the methodology behind psychoanalysis. It is like having the master of modern mental well-being conducting a step-by-step tutorial without charges. It just might change your life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am grateful for each new day God gives me. The pain and anguish I experience pales in comparison to the benefits I receive. It's great to be alive. Praise God for blessing me with the talent to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play with Uno, my beagle, and my grandchildren. Also, I enjoy reading. My bookshelves are full. Nothing is more satisfying than to curl up with a good book. I only watch television when the President speaks to the nation.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse through the Smashwords and Ingram catalogs.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was inspired to write The Gospel According to Condo Don, a fictional eyewitness account of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is on its second edition and is available as an Audiobook CD.
What is your writing process?
I write in html and update my Home Page with daily content. In this manner I get constructive feedback from the public.
How do you approach cover design?
I use Paintbrush and Gimp (gnu open source) apps to create provocative covers that illustrate the theme of my book. Non-copyrighted, expired copyrighted, and government generated artwork are fair game for my purposes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read the classics. I am currently reading Lysistrata, a play extolling feminism written by Aristophenes of Athens, Greece, in 410 B.C. Painted on a wall in my dining room is a mural depicting Lysistrata and her followers confronting the Athenian army returning from the Peloponnesian wars. You can read it online for free at
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my desktop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None - I am a writer, not a salesman. Capitalism sucks.
Describe your desk
I have two desks. Both are handmade, one fashioned out of pine by me, the other made out of oak by a master craftsman.
When did you first start writing?
My first short story was written when I was in junior high. It was a fictional tale set in Soweto, South Africa. I was inspired to write it after reading Inside Africa by John Gunther.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Policing America's Empire - Pax Americana is a memoir of my experiences as a Military Policeman in the Panama Canal Zone, circa 1968. It was my job to police the bars and brothels in Panama City. I also helped to quell riots and capture Communist insurrectionists.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a wheelchair bound disabled veteran. Writing removes the temptation to fill time with alcohol and drugs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is communicating with those who enjoy my work. I love feedback. My email address is You are welcome to visit my websites, and, where you can read my works for free.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Honore de Balzac, Mark Twain, Robert Heinlein, Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville, Henry Dana, Moses, Paul, Douglas Adams, Jules Verne, and myself. Needless to say, my gigantic ego prohibits discretion.
Published 2016-09-12.
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