What if a severely wounded Vietnam veteran discovers after thirty-one years that the platoon for whose death he believed he was responsible didnít die?
On a 1968 afternoon, Len Rugh opens a letter heíd hoped never to
About the Writing of the Book
Len Rugh was shot in the head by an AK-47 round during a patrol in the jungles of Vietnam. Instead of becoming one of the over 58,000 names on ĎThe Wallí in Washington DC, he survived and made it home, not walking off a plane, but being carried off on a stretcher, more dead than alive. The book, Promises Kept: How One Couple's Love Survived Vietnam, tells the story of how he finally discovered the truth of that day and gained peace thirty-one years after returning from the war.
The story begins at the moment Len's draft notice arrived in August, 1968 and continues to the present. Len spent thirteen years putting his memories on paper. In March 2002, he finally asked Lu to become involved. She had waited patiently to read what had been written.
Lu started working on the reconstruction of the sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. She admits English is not her forte, but knows a run-on sentence when she sees one. The book expanded. The original thirteen chapters grew to fifty-three.
Len had sent over a hundred and thirty letters to Lu while in Vietnam. Many of them appear in the book. As instructed for security purposes, all of Luís correspondence was burned in Vietnam. Those which appear in the book were reconstructed from memory.
They have kept in touch with Lieutenant Don Bratton and Marty Glasgow since meeting them again in 2000. Marty's email put them on the track to finding out the truth about what happened that fateful day in Vietnam, with details supplied by Don. They were dismayed when Don sent news of Martyís death in December of 2003.
The book is as factual as they could make it. In the places where memory failed, they filled in with what they believe happened. The names were adjusted to protect the private lives of the characters in this writing.
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