Volume 2: The Seabees and Me
By Vince Kontny ($40) Published 2011, 203 pages (full color)
The second in a four-volume series, this memoir covers the six tumultuous years the author served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific and Southeast Asia during the 1960s. The story starts when a young farm boy from rural Colorado joins the Seabees (Naval Mobile Construction Battalions) and is sent to Rhode Island to attend Officer Candidate School. Part adventure story and part history, this book provides a glimpse of how the U.S. military trains its people, and how the Vietnam War escalated through a tragic series of well-intended, albeit misguided, decisions. Hot off the press, this book is receiving many favorable reviews and will compete in award programs shortly.