E. Franklin Evans
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The Ivy Leaf Magazine

The Ivy Leaf


Reviewed by John Barclay, Editor The Ivy Leaf Magazine (July 2008) 

  

One glance at the cover with its dark bamboo forest suggests it's not a novel and your gut says "II Corp".  Evans enters the ARMY, after losing a high school friend in Vietnam. After Infantry O.C.S., in the Central Highlands and tri-border area, he sees places of unforgettable beauty.  He verifies once again 4th Infantry Division history, with a description of the Vietnam War's only tank on tank battle at Ben Het.

 

Entering country as a new platoon LT with A/1/12 INF, the author experiences the typical Highland atypical infantry tour. Every Ivy Infantryman will know the cordons of the suspect villages, the ways of the Montagnard people, security of fire bases, and Special Forces camps, reconnaissance-in-force missions and a description of heroes that make the 4th I.D. unique. Like Private First Class Thomas Bennet, posthumously promoted to corporal, while being the only recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, while serving as an unarmed medic and conscientious objector. Serving a twenty-six year ARMY career, Evans waited thirty-five years to write what affected him the most. A good and honest read.