Through Smoke-Teared Eyes

The Vietnam War I Fought

by Johnny F. Pugh



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/28/2017

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781532026874
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781532026881

About the Book


SAN FRANCISCO: The remarkable story of an enlisted man’s struggles in the jungles of Vietnam is the grand prize winner of the 2018 San Francisco Book Festival, which honors the best books of the spring.

Johnny F. Pugh’s Through Smoke-Teared Eyes (iUniverse) is an action-packed and vivid account of one soldier’s thoughts and experiences in combat. Written to confront the demons of his past, Pugh recounts the year he spent as an Army rifleman, trapped in the Iron Triangle of the Vietnam War. His accounts of kill zones, mortar attacks and jungle survival are sobering and raise questions about the conflict and all wars."

To confront the demons of his past, author Johnny F. Pugh relives the year he spent as an army rifleman battling unseen guerilla fighters in one of the most dangerous places during the Vietnam War, the Iron Triangle.

Through his stories and poetry, he shows how it felt to be trapped in a kill zone, enemy bullets just inches from his face, and the mind-numbing terror experienced after being thrown by a land mine explosion while fighting off bloodsucking leeches, vicious mosquitoes, and stifling heat and humidity.

Through Smoke-Teared Eyes offers an engaging, sometimes bilingual, account of the close friendship Pugh shared with his fellow squad members, learning from them critical survival skills and his own identity as a Chicano. After witnessing numerous atrocities against the Vietnamese peasants at the hands of the American military, he is forced to question his own role as a participant in this bloody war.

About the Author

JOHNNY F. PUGH served in the Vietnam War. Although crippled by a back injury and PTSD, he became a designer and builder of adobe homes, professional painter and part-time sculptor, artist, writer, poet, husband, father, and grandfather. Before Pugh’s death in 2011, he and his wife, Cristina, lived in San Diego, California.