This is my personal story as an infantry soldier in the Republic of Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. It is about every day life as a grunt: what we carried; how we lived; and, on occasion, how we fought.From a drafted “cherry” Private to point man and squad leader, this is my first-hand account, and these are my memories. Correspondence written to my wife, during my tour, was a very good source for these memories and dates. Serving from 13 August 1968 to 23 March 1969, I recount my experiences as a 20-year-old Tennessean adjusting to life faraway from home for the first time. I share the camaraderie that I had with my rifle team and brothers—including the boyish pranks and real dangers we faced every day. I have included over 70 pictures taken by my buddies and me. This pictorial collection was carefully selected from hundreds of photos to give my readers a look at what life was really like living in the “boonies” during monsoons, day-to-day jungle living, life on an outpost, the terrain we humped almost every day, our weapons, and also maps to help tell my story. It’s written in an easy to follow chronological order by months and years. Also, be advised that it contains adult language. If you are looking for never-ending action, this book is not for you. But, if you want to know how it was for an Infantry soldier on the ground in Vietnam, I think you will find this a very interesting read.