C.M.A.C, A Vietnam Era Trilogy, contains three sagas that describe the late '60s, Vietnam era, U. S. Army life of James A. Callaghan.
Saga of a Student Warrior – The first story follows the military training of Callaghan who, during his draft induction, was christened “Hallaghan” due to a bureaucratic error. It describes how he dealt with his new and strange environment, and his first assignment as a Post Radio Officer.
Saga of a Saigon Warrior – The Capital Military Assistance Command (C.M.A.C.) Saigon and the surrounding districts were Callaghan’s home in Vietnam during 1969. He met his match when he tangled with General Gottard, the personification of the cartoon character ‘Yosemite Sam’, until a year later when Callaghan suffered an untimely accident while clearing post.
Saga of a Garrison Warrior – Returned from near death by a C.M.A.C. medic, Callaghan was quickly moved to Third Field Force hospital near Tan Son Nhut air base where, after a lengthy operation, he was transferred to Guam to convalesce and regain his real name. Healed, the recently promoted Captain Callaghan commanded a signal company, where the trials and tribulations of a garrison environment tested his perseverance.
Novel related sketch of the C.M.A.C. compound and what it looks like today.
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About the Author:
James Finnegan, a San Franciscan by birth, graduated from St. Mary’s College of California. During 1967-1970, he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and commanded a signal company in the United States before returning to civilian life. Jim, an international business consultant, currently resides with his family in England.