Charles W. Bowman

In July of 1966, Charles W. Bowman was ordered to report “for induction into the Armed Forces of the United States”. He depicts his life before the war as “nothing much” and he was just 18 years old when he was conscripted, fresh out of high school. Bowman was from Bordentown, New Jersey. He became a member of the 25th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Tropic Lightning”. They were stationed in a very dangerous region of Vietnam, called the Cu Chi area and nicknamed “Hell’s Half Acre”. Bowman also served as a tunnel rat, one of the men that crawled through the tunnels and stole Viet Cong military and medical equipment. While in Vietnam, he wrote nine short stories. These stories chronicle his time in Vietnam and vividly display the details of his brutal and dangerous life there.