Submitted by: Gerald Augustine
“Vietnam Beyond” is not only a photographic accounting of a soldier’s time while serving in a front-line unit in the infantry; it is a study of human nature. When rank has its privileges, not only in the military but in civilian life as well, you will learn how a person with “power’ will use this power to his advantage over someone at the most vulnerable time in their life. You will read how officers and sergeants use their rank to their benefit. You will also learn how attorneys and even a senator used the legal system to their advantage when having control over someone when he is most vulnerable.
“Vietnam Beyond” is also a study of the criminal act of the spraying of herbicides by our government not only on the jungles of Vietnam, but on the civilians and our servicemen as well. The result tells of the aftereffects on the author and his family to this day.
And most of all, “Vietnam Beyond” tells how a combat soldier endured traumatizing events he brought home with him. Those events drive him to be the best that he can be at whatever he encounters and to continuously defeat those demons.
About the author:
Drafted at 19 while on summer break from the University of Connecticut, Gerald Augustine began serving in the U.S. Army in October 1965. He served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade 3rd Battalion/21st Infantry - machine gun squad, and the 4th Infantry Division 2nd Battalion/12th Infantry - Rifle squad. His tour of duty lasted from Oct. 5, 1965 until Aug. 4, 1967, when he returned from Vietnam combat. In December 2021 Augustine was inducted into the State of Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.