|About the Book|
Metadata change: About the Book: Poignant, and scary - Norman Bates, editor. It made me cry, it made me laugh. I couldn t put it down. Jackie Arnold, editor. Baby! What BABY?! Marisha Hall, the author s wife - overheard as she proofread one of theMoreMetadata change: About the Book: Poignant, and scary - Norman Bates, editor. It made me cry, it made me laugh. I couldn t put it down. Jackie Arnold, editor. Baby! What BABY?! Marisha Hall, the author s wife - overheard as she proofread one of the chapters. I see you tomorrow Beeelle, you Number One Beeelle! You bulletproof GI! Beeelle Lum, hooch-maid, Quang Tri Combat Base, Vietnam, 1970. You boom-boom, GI? . . . . Or, maybe you Funny-Boy ? The Pimp, pimp age six, DaNang, Vietnam, 1971. The writing started as a simple answer to a cousin s emailed question about the war. It was sort of like someone had distracted the little Dutch boy and caused him to pull his finger from the hole in the dike thus letting the flood waters flow. That was the story of Lum, the first chapter written. Then, much later, after I had called the book finished the first time, I awoke in the middle of the night one time and realized that I had finished the whole darned book without having written the first chapter yet. I think you can read it in most any order you want, if you are somewhat familiar with the jargon. Each chapter pretty much stands on its own. About the Author: Billy Hall was born in 1947 in Bessemer, Alabama. His parents were both veterans of World War II. They met shortly after the war while enrolling for classes at Birmingham Southern College. So, Billy was one of the earliest of The Baby Boom generation. He wound up being the oldest of six children born to Bill and Helen Hall. He was a shy child and teenager. He never seemed to be one of the in crowd but he did have quite a few friends. He made fair grades - when he set his mind to it. In fact, most grades seemed to come pretty easily except spelling. He still can t spell worth a hoot though he did well in English all through school and college. He was older than most draftees in the summer of 1969. Almost 22, he had been married almost two years and just two weeks earlier had graduated from college, when he received that much dreaded letter from President Nixon, Greeting(s) ., it had said. Vietnam was an old and tired war by then he did not want to go he was not the military type . Even though his mother had served at Pearl Harbor in WWII and his father had been severely wounded by enemy fire on Leyte and was much decorated, Billy did not want to do this. He just wanted to get on with his life, get a job, start a family, and build a future. But first there was Vietnam!