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STUPID WAR STORIES is a comedic tell-all memoir about the zany, occasionally R-rated, and sometimes terrifying experiences of one soldier’s tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The Atomic Outhouse, Hot Extractions, Listening Out, and Best Vacation Ever, will have you enthralled. These stories and sixty more like them pull no punches to give you a genuine understanding of a STUPID WAR STORIES is a comedic tell-all memoir about the zany, occasionally R-rated, and sometimes terrifying experiences of one soldier’s tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The Atomic Outhouse, Hot Extractions, Listening Out, and Best Vacation Ever, will have you enthralled. These stories and sixty more like them pull no punches to give you a genuine understanding of a war that was more bizarre than you ever imagined.


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STUPID WAR STORIES is a comedic tell-all memoir about the zany, occasionally R-rated, and sometimes terrifying experiences of one soldier’s tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The Atomic Outhouse, Hot Extractions, Listening Out, and Best Vacation Ever, will have you enthralled. These stories and sixty more like them pull no punches to give you a genuine understanding of a STUPID WAR STORIES is a comedic tell-all memoir about the zany, occasionally R-rated, and sometimes terrifying experiences of one soldier’s tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The Atomic Outhouse, Hot Extractions, Listening Out, and Best Vacation Ever, will have you enthralled. These stories and sixty more like them pull no punches to give you a genuine understanding of a war that was more bizarre than you ever imagined.

30 review for STUPID WAR STORIES: Tales from the Wonder War, Vietnam 1970-1971

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Podlaski

    A surprisingly good story considering the title. Keith Pomeroy uses humor to describe much of his time with an artillery unit during the Vietnam War. Some of that humor is shown in his selection of names used for those characters in his tome - to protect the guilty, he admits. Many of his short stories are terror-filled as his unit is entrapped in different firebases - cut-off from help, ammo, water and food. One of his characters is extremely intelligent and manages to find solutions to many of A surprisingly good story considering the title. Keith Pomeroy uses humor to describe much of his time with an artillery unit during the Vietnam War. Some of that humor is shown in his selection of names used for those characters in his tome - to protect the guilty, he admits. Many of his short stories are terror-filled as his unit is entrapped in different firebases - cut-off from help, ammo, water and food. One of his characters is extremely intelligent and manages to find solutions to many of their problems in ingenious ways. The author also shares his personal experiences with the family of his hootch maid, who invites him to her village for dinner. The gesture is to repay him for his generosity and gifts that were bestowed upon her simply as a show of good will. He learns much from this experience...although taking an enormous risk during that adventure. Mr. Pomeroy also tells about the dark side of Vietnam - drugs, prostitution, theft and officers who use the war for their personal gain - telling it like it was without any sugar coating. One important fact that the author exploits throughout his story is in demonstrating the closeness and camaraderie between his small group of soldiers. His characters are well defined and readers feel as if they know them personally. I also enjoyed reading the author's final thoughts, where the he provides an update as to the current status of those men. As an author myself, I can relate to the long lapse in time between the war and getting my story on paper - it took me forty years to complete. Writing a book is a labor of love requiring dedication, family support, sacrifice and a lot of time away from the family. I did it for my wife and daughter so they understood that part of my life! Great job Mr. Pomeroy! Welcome Home and thank you for your service! Don't let the title scare you away...the story is worth reading! John Podlaski, author Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pam Marden

    awesome book. I was in high school during the Viet Nam war. This gave me a new perspective. I respect all of the men and women who served over there. I'm sorry for the way you've been treated after returning home. awesome book. I was in high school during the Viet Nam war. This gave me a new perspective. I respect all of the men and women who served over there. I'm sorry for the way you've been treated after returning home.

  3. 5 out of 5

    kim popejoy

    Jesus, Vietnam Having failed my draft physical, my dream of dying in Nam didn't happen. Friends and family did. Those that came back never fully made it home. This story is the most honest telling of the tale that I have read. The stupidity inherent in all war is aptly depicted as is the unavoidable costs paid by the troopers, their families and communities. Thanks to the author's daughter's insistence on Dad telling his story and thanks to the author for having the courage to open up. Jesus, Vietnam Having failed my draft physical, my dream of dying in Nam didn't happen. Friends and family did. Those that came back never fully made it home. This story is the most honest telling of the tale that I have read. The stupidity inherent in all war is aptly depicted as is the unavoidable costs paid by the troopers, their families and communities. Thanks to the author's daughter's insistence on Dad telling his story and thanks to the author for having the courage to open up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    a.t.m.

    Vietnam war veteran tells his story The author tells his story as he experienced it and along the way, he tells the story of the guys doing the dirty work. Like all memoirs, you had to have been there to see what he saw and felt. It has been 50 years since those events happened . I love the part in the book where he is on guard duty, with two pop up flares, and he accidentally let's one go. First of all, the most powerful nation in the world could not see fit to provide him with all the tools to Vietnam war veteran tells his story The author tells his story as he experienced it and along the way, he tells the story of the guys doing the dirty work. Like all memoirs, you had to have been there to see what he saw and felt. It has been 50 years since those events happened . I love the part in the book where he is on guard duty, with two pop up flares, and he accidentally let's one go. First of all, the most powerful nation in the world could not see fit to provide him with all the tools to keep him and his unit safe. Two pop up flares per position, what a joke. He writes for all those that were sent out to do the blue collar dirty work, that is all a part of war, and makes sure that officers and staff nco's catch his barb. In the end of it all, he is humble enough, and on point to mention those he served with and did not come home. I highly recommend this book, it captured feelings and emotions, that only a veteran in a combat zone could experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    7$MartyQ

    Well Done Mr. Pomeroy As a member of that "exclusive club" of the boomer generation that went to Nam, I liked this book. To me, the best part of Nam was leaving it, even if it was on a stretcher some ten months and change into a thirteen month tour on a swift boat in the Mekong delta. What I have taken away from that experience is to NEVER believe ANYTHING the government says. There was NEVER any reason for our being there, and no child of mine will EVER go into the military service. Well Done Mr. Pomeroy As a member of that "exclusive club" of the boomer generation that went to Nam, I liked this book. To me, the best part of Nam was leaving it, even if it was on a stretcher some ten months and change into a thirteen month tour on a swift boat in the Mekong delta. What I have taken away from that experience is to NEVER believe ANYTHING the government says. There was NEVER any reason for our being there, and no child of mine will EVER go into the military service.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sgt Rick

    Yep... Pretty much just as I remembered it. I was there in 1966. Among the early guys. It was a "cluster-f**k" in 1966 and clearly did not get better. This is truly a book that fully reports all the foibles, farces, and fellowship that war creates. PS. I retired after I returned from Desert Storm. The primary difference between the wars was that the Iraqis must have been more screwed than we were because, in that one we did win. Yep... Pretty much just as I remembered it. I was there in 1966. Among the early guys. It was a "cluster-f**k" in 1966 and clearly did not get better. This is truly a book that fully reports all the foibles, farces, and fellowship that war creates. PS. I retired after I returned from Desert Storm. The primary difference between the wars was that the Iraqis must have been more screwed than we were because, in that one we did win.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Stupid War ----Stories The ride throughout this book arrives right were the author takes you---to a review of that war. Total futility of fighting a stupid war as projected by politicians and their lobbyists. Also the "War" mentality. In one read, I couldn't put it down, yet in conclusion, I couldn't get away from it faster. Stupid War ----Stories The ride throughout this book arrives right were the author takes you---to a review of that war. Total futility of fighting a stupid war as projected by politicians and their lobbyists. Also the "War" mentality. In one read, I couldn't put it down, yet in conclusion, I couldn't get away from it faster.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patti Merz

    Fast read I enjoyed the stories of the life these men had to endure during the war, that's right a war. To many people forget the horrors the men of the Vietnam era to deal with, just like any other "war". Thanks for the service of every man and women who was, is or will be a part of the American military! Fast read I enjoyed the stories of the life these men had to endure during the war, that's right a war. To many people forget the horrors the men of the Vietnam era to deal with, just like any other "war". Thanks for the service of every man and women who was, is or will be a part of the American military!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roy Hawksley

    Well written, Real life Honest, portraying the sometimes terrifying, often boring, and occasionally humerous world of serving in Vietnam 1970-71. Thank you Mr. Pomeroy for sharing your experiences. The book is very well written, I've already downloaded Keth and Kathleen's story "The Butler Did It. Well written, Real life Honest, portraying the sometimes terrifying, often boring, and occasionally humerous world of serving in Vietnam 1970-71. Thank you Mr. Pomeroy for sharing your experiences. The book is very well written, I've already downloaded Keth and Kathleen's story "The Butler Did It.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dondee snell

    'man 'grunt' bios not bad, not the best Vietnam bio from those in the jungles of 'nam! Decent job of relating his and his buddies tour in '72 as they encounter VC attacks and shelling while being shuffled from one FB to the next! 'man 'grunt' bios not bad, not the best Vietnam bio from those in the jungles of 'nam! Decent job of relating his and his buddies tour in '72 as they encounter VC attacks and shelling while being shuffled from one FB to the next!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Some funny stories, some sad ones, too, of course. It was the Vietnam War, after all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Gabbard

    Loved The story telling Very easy to read this book. I would recommend this book to veterans of any generation or anyone who enjoys real war stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    A good read with a little different perspective I enjoyed this book for several reasons. I belive it honest and gut felt. It is written in a little different manner that I enjoyed as well. Read this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert Lynch

    Mr. Pomeroy, you are a courageous man, not only for your service in Vietnam, but for your willingness to tell the story of that service in such a frank and candid manner. In the vein of Robert Leckie in Helmet for my Pillow, you have revealed the good, bad, ugly, silly, ridiculous, and frightening, not only about the war and the Army, but yourself, as well. Instead of sharing a string of courage-under-fire stories, you told me the stories that depict your "brothers" as real guys with relatable s Mr. Pomeroy, you are a courageous man, not only for your service in Vietnam, but for your willingness to tell the story of that service in such a frank and candid manner. In the vein of Robert Leckie in Helmet for my Pillow, you have revealed the good, bad, ugly, silly, ridiculous, and frightening, not only about the war and the Army, but yourself, as well. Instead of sharing a string of courage-under-fire stories, you told me the stories that depict your "brothers" as real guys with relatable strengths, weaknesses, and fears. It was a distinct pleasure to get to know them and you. Thank you for your service, and welcome home! Robert M. Lynch, Author of The Bed I Made: A Journey of Fulfilled Hope, Fifty Years in the Making

  15. 4 out of 5

    Themistocles

    Nicely written, but the stories don't amount to much. Mildly interesting at best - you get to learn some details about the life of soldiers that you won't easily find anywhere else, but that's about it. I also deduct half a star because of the opening disclaimer: "this eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This eBook may not be resold or given away to other people" and so on and so on. DRM silliness notwithstanding, the author implies I cannot gift this; I cannot share it with my ho Nicely written, but the stories don't amount to much. Mildly interesting at best - you get to learn some details about the life of soldiers that you won't easily find anywhere else, but that's about it. I also deduct half a star because of the opening disclaimer: "this eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This eBook may not be resold or given away to other people" and so on and so on. DRM silliness notwithstanding, the author implies I cannot gift this; I cannot share it with my household through Amazon's sharing options. I can't even give my device to my wife or a friend to read. Makes me wonder if the author owns or has ever "used" a book before... Leaves a sour taste.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John E. Donovan

    Blunt but believable! Having spent over 2 years in locations all over I Corps, to include time in Hue/Phu Bai during the '68 Tet Offensive, much of what I found in Pomeroy's book I found to be, both, believable and familiar. Pomeroy's descriptions of some of the antics soldiers employed to break the boredom rang true, as did his pointing-out the stupid decisions that one's higher-ups often-times made. If you want to read about what a soldier may very well have seen and experienced (to one degree Blunt but believable! Having spent over 2 years in locations all over I Corps, to include time in Hue/Phu Bai during the '68 Tet Offensive, much of what I found in Pomeroy's book I found to be, both, believable and familiar. Pomeroy's descriptions of some of the antics soldiers employed to break the boredom rang true, as did his pointing-out the stupid decisions that one's higher-ups often-times made. If you want to read about what a soldier may very well have seen and experienced (to one degree or another) during his tour of duty in Vietnam, then this book is worth buying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    john smith

    I was there I understand ! Since we.now know the war was maybe unwinable This is Jan Smith Johns wife . We were there for 13 months then In and out for 7 years today I have many Vietnam friends and love the country. We started going back 10 years ago. My son and his wife went first in 2015 they have request sout heast Asia as their next posting. I do feel they learned the South Vietnamise a lot from us and a bad as we were we could not touch what came before. This book was so honest I loved it. I I was there I understand ! Since we.now know the war was maybe unwinable This is Jan Smith Johns wife . We were there for 13 months then In and out for 7 years today I have many Vietnam friends and love the country. We started going back 10 years ago. My son and his wife went first in 2015 they have request sout heast Asia as their next posting. I do feel they learned the South Vietnamise a lot from us and a bad as we were we could not touch what came before. This book was so honest I loved it. I loved and cared for the soldier who wrote it such a pure and honest book. I was there off and on from 1966 until 1972

  18. 5 out of 5

    kristen fischer

    Great Read. It becomes very evident that the author's close friend JC was not the only man of high intellect in his story. Stupid War Stories is a highly intelligently and honest peek into a time and place that was often lacking both. The humor and the horror isn't forced but based on being told factually. His story telling and tempo are really well carried out. Thank you for your service in Nam and thank you for your continued service of keeping your part of the story of Nam alive and well repr Great Read. It becomes very evident that the author's close friend JC was not the only man of high intellect in his story. Stupid War Stories is a highly intelligently and honest peek into a time and place that was often lacking both. The humor and the horror isn't forced but based on being told factually. His story telling and tempo are really well carried out. Thank you for your service in Nam and thank you for your continued service of keeping your part of the story of Nam alive and well represented, especially for those who didn't make it back.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Greg Koch

    A vets memories This is the kind of story that all combat vets can relate with. It reminded me of "my" war that was fought a generation after Vietnam. These are the stories that we try to keep inside, but think of everyday. The humor that can be found in any given day, in every stupid event, are what truly keeps us sane. Thank You for writing this work. Thank You for your service. Welcome home. A vets memories This is the kind of story that all combat vets can relate with. It reminded me of "my" war that was fought a generation after Vietnam. These are the stories that we try to keep inside, but think of everyday. The humor that can be found in any given day, in every stupid event, are what truly keeps us sane. Thank You for writing this work. Thank You for your service. Welcome home.

  20. 4 out of 5

    kenneth f. schneider

    Written As If I Was There, Witnessing It All Through My Eyes Light-hearted reflection of a serious, dark period in our countries history as seen and experienced by one young, somewhat naive, quick-learning young man thrust into the woes of war. Good read providing optimum moments for visual reflection. Recommended for those interested in a unique "tour" of one soldiers ups, downs, triumphs and heartaches in a land and time of pain and pessimism. Written As If I Was There, Witnessing It All Through My Eyes Light-hearted reflection of a serious, dark period in our countries history as seen and experienced by one young, somewhat naive, quick-learning young man thrust into the woes of war. Good read providing optimum moments for visual reflection. Recommended for those interested in a unique "tour" of one soldiers ups, downs, triumphs and heartaches in a land and time of pain and pessimism.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeffry Sleep

    A devine stupidity every veteran will recognize. An electrician goes to war. For those veterans graced to live into their middle or late years, a look back at the ignorance of an overly armed end of childhood. Those that survived themselves and friends were truly touched by the gods. Bless them all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tim Dees

    Keith Pomeroy tells his tale of a year in Vietnam, spent as a Spec-5 technician for a piece of weather-forecasting hardware I didn't know the Army had. There are tales of bravery, but a lot more of foolishness. The reader gets some insight into how miserable life was for the lower echelon of the Army in Vietnam, even those who seldom left the perimeter of the wire. Keith Pomeroy tells his tale of a year in Vietnam, spent as a Spec-5 technician for a piece of weather-forecasting hardware I didn't know the Army had. There are tales of bravery, but a lot more of foolishness. The reader gets some insight into how miserable life was for the lower echelon of the Army in Vietnam, even those who seldom left the perimeter of the wire.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda

    Great read For those of us, that have been there done that, the language and situations are ones that we can really relate too. The foolishness of the hierarchy and how things work against common sense are all too real in the military community. Even when forward deployed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Woodley

    Enjoyable read Enjoyed this book, written by a guy with a sense of humour who, despite what was happening around him, could find an angle to keep it from driving him to distraction.

  25. 4 out of 5

    rjd

    Working through memories of war. You had to be there to appreciate this book but if you had been there you probably would not read it. The author has done a good portrayal in an accurate manner while avoiding giving a reader nightmares.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MICHAEL GRAHAM

    Outstanding Could not put it down . Tells the real life story of the enlisted men , however as a enlisted man myself and then becoming a officer (Capt.) I really feel most officers put their men first .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Taylor

    Quick, interesting read. My brother is a Vietnam vet. I am interested to read about the day to day experiences that these men endured. Some of these stories sound so outrageous, its hard to believe. But what the hell do I know? That's why I read. Quick, interesting read. My brother is a Vietnam vet. I am interested to read about the day to day experiences that these men endured. Some of these stories sound so outrageous, its hard to believe. But what the hell do I know? That's why I read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    robert j. olmstead

    Great read, realistic It was a great read as how the grunts fought and felt after their return to the world. The insights as to what went on between the politician, officers and enlisted were very realistic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lane Honda

    "Stupid War" stories. A great read that highlights life in Vietnam with humor and sadness. AMF! I did (and remember watching) so many of the same antics. It's easier to ta!k about than the pain and hurt. "Stupid War" stories. A great read that highlights life in Vietnam with humor and sadness. AMF! I did (and remember watching) so many of the same antics. It's easier to ta!k about than the pain and hurt.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rob Daily

    Thank you for your service Keith. Finding humor during very bad situations gives one a sense of humility. A good read. Thank you for your service Keith. Finding humor during very bad situations gives one a sense of humility. Well written. A good read.

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