The Ensign Locker

by John Zerr



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/28/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 436
ISBN : 9781450243841
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 436
ISBN : 9781450243865
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 436
ISBN : 9781450243858

About the Book

In 1966, the destroyer USS Manfred is bound for Vietnam. For junior ensign Jon Zachery, life is simple. He wants the American dream for his wife and for himself, and the navy is just the first step along the way. After the ship enters the combat zone, however, Zachery lands in hot water with his superior officers. At the same time, he begins to have troubles with his wife. He finds himself in challenging combat situations with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, but he is most distressed when he discovers that one of his roommates is rabidly anti-war. Following two months in the combat zone, the ship gets a new commanding officer—and a new set of problems face Zachery and his shipmates. At first, his new commanding officer distrusts only the five ensigns in the ensign locker, but eventually he begins to distrust the entire wardroom. What happens next has a huge affect on the entire crew—ultimately resulting in the ship returning home to San Diego. Now Zachery must face the anti-war sentiments at home, and it may be the last straw for him.

About the Author

John Zerr served thirty-six years in the navy. Between 1966 and 1972, he completed three deployments to Vietnam—one aboard a destroyer and two aboard an aircraft carrier from which he flew 330 combat missions. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Missouri.