Phil Tompkins grew up in the Charleston,S.C., area and graduated from Clemson University (1966). A year later he joined the US Army on a program that would earn him a commission as an Infantry officer - and a guaranteed trip to the Vietnam War. He served in 1969-70 as an advisor to South Vietnamese militia, living and working in the hamlets and villages with a handful of other Americans for the full year of his tour in-country. Phil was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Air Medal and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (awarded by the South Vietnamese District Chief, his counterpart).
Decades after Phil had returned to the US to raise a family and re-enter the business world, the urge to write the memoirs of this fascinating tour of duty struck. Actually it was recommended as therapy for PTSD. Taking several years to remember and write, his book was finally published in the fall of 2010 and will hopefully be followed by others involving the Vietnam people and their war for freedom - and his.
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Ruff Puff : A
by Phil Tompkins
Published: November 4, 2010.
Some Americans called them “Ruff-Puffs” and laughed at them. We called them our brothers and lived and fought alongside them every day in South Vietnam. These militia troops fought for freedom for their towns and families - and we fought with them.
This is the story of a MAT team (5 American Army advisors) in one of the 244 Districts in South Vietnam and about our great militia counterparts.
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