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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tim O' Brien Service in Vietnam
Tim O Brien served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-1970. He was discharged because of an injury. He was stationed in My Lai and soon discharged after. My Lai was also called Pinkville by the U.S. Forces. He was awarded a purple heart after being wounded by a shrapnel in a grenade attack. He saw battles as an infantrymen near My Lai and soon after discharged after the massacre that took place. In an interview he said, "I went to war kicking and screaming. I was terrified of dying." He became a writer because of his experience in Vietnam.
He witnessed many deaths of friends and the innocent people. Besides, The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien wrote, Going After Cacciato, also about the Vietnam War. Similar to The Things They Carried, its about the soldiers and their missions and how they have been affected by it. It won the U.S. national book award for fiction.