The CrossRoads Diaries is a mixture of poetry, pictures, Bible scripture, and musical lyrics, but most of all, it is the innermost feelings, the actual diary of a young man who spent over 300 hours a month on river operations in the Mekong Delta, was in over 100 firefights, earned a Purple Heart courtesy of the Viet Cong, and came home, only to return for a second tour as a minesweeper on the Cua Viet River, just south of the DMZ. This work is in the same genre as Philip Caputo’s – A Rumor of War or Tim O’Brien’sThe Things They Carried, but in many ways, it is more personal, which makes it appealing.

C. David Dalton, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Hoyt Clark Chair of Humanities/Professor of History, College of the Ozarks

My boat, Tango 91-4, during a combat operation.
The pictured flag is now part of the College of the Ozarks’ Vietnam Memorabilia Collection
Brittany and Tom in Da Nang, Vietnam – College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Program – March 2016
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