Kimchee Days, or, Stoned-cold Warriors—A Novel
by Timothy V. Gatto, 368 pages, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-9819891-4-3
Millions of men served in the Army during the Cold War—many inside major American cities—in ARADCOM (Army Air Defense Command). Until recently, one of the Army's best kept secrets was that the men in the Nike-Hercules system were in charge of nuclear missiles ready to knock down fleets of Soviet planes or ICBMs should they attempt to attack the U.S. To those inside ARADCOM, though, the even better-kept secret was the one about duty in Korea—a country where anything went and where the officers and senior NCOs shut themselves away to wait for their 13 months to be over, leaving the business of running nuclear facilities to the lower enlisted men. You could almost say that duty in Korea was duty in a place where the inmates were running the asylum. Kimchee Days is about life in a Nike-Hercules battery near Inchon in the early 1970s, a part of the Korean Air Defense Artillery—or the ADA, which the men usually called "A Different Army." In its way, the book embraces the spirit of the 1970s, along with the lives, loves—and many other things—that came with that time. Welcome to the asylum.
The important thing to me that your book made me remember was that my friends & fellow soldiers that I worked & lived with every day were really a part of me. . . . Thank you very much for writing this book—Marc Bowen, a Nike-Hercules veteran.
Please write a sequel, I would really like to read it. . . [What ever] happened to Fred the guard dog?—Cliff Harmon, a Nike-Hercules veteran.
First thing I've read all the way thru in a long time—A Hawk missiles veteran.
Let me know when your book hits the stands, would love to have a copy—John Coles, a Nike-Hercules veteran.
I've read Kimchee Days three times—and with every reading I've laughed as hard as I did the time before—Malcolm Reiner, a non-veteran
About Timothy V. Gatto
Tim Gatto was born in 1950 and enlisted in the Army in 1968. The Vietnam War began shaping and changing his ideas about American foreign policy, and, still serving, he joined the protest movement. Later, after witnessing the fraudulent run-up to the Iraq war engineered by the Bush administration, he became a highly active and increasingly popular online writer. In 2009, he published From Complicity to Contempt, a lively and uniquely revealing selection of his writings through 2006. Tim lives in South Carolina, "a liberal in one of the reddest states in the country." Kimchee Days is his first novel.
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