Review: FORTUNATE SON by Lewis B. Puller, Jr.

Matt’s Book Blog recently reviewed Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet by Lewis B. Puller, Jr. for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.  Here’s some of what he had to say:

In the first part of this autobiography, Puller tells the pros and cons being the son of the most decorated Marine in the history of the Corps, Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller Sr. Talk about larger than life! Marines still tell Chesty stories such as the time Puller was shown the prototype of the flamethrower. He asked, “Where does the bayonet go?”

The second part covers Puller’s combat experience in Vietnam. Puller joined the Marines after graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1967. The following summer he married Linda, nicknamed Toddy, He was sent to Vietnam as a second lieutenant. After two months in the field – every day being an eternity – on October 11, 1968 he stepped on a mine booby trap. “I had no idea,” he wrote, “that the pink mist that engulfed me had been caused by the vaporization of most of my right and left legs.” He lost parts of both hands and most of his buttocks and stomach too. Doctors later gave testimony before a pension benefit board that they had rarely seen anybody who was as gravely wounded and disabled as Puller.

The next part of the book is about his physical therapy and the long road to the point where he could resume his life. As illness memoir, this will fascinate readers who are curious about therapy to rehab lower-limb amputees. Puller tells funny stories about the antics of fellow patient Bob Kerrey, who was to pull lots of antics as a Senator during the Clinton years. Puller became the proud father of two children. He earned a law degree at William and Mary in 1974 and went to work for the government in veteran’s affairs.

Read the complete review here.

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