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Williamsburg Resident Publishes Short Stories Based on Soldiers' Experiences in Vietnam

WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Chuck Smith, a resident of Williamsburg for 24 years, has written and released his second book, "Vietnam: Stories from a War."

The collection of ten engaging and often funny short stories immerse the reader in the everyday lives of American soldiers serving in Vietnam. These are stories about people in trying situations: a wounded warrior patched up and returned to the Zone, another invalided out and back in The World before he's old enough to vote - young Americans caught up in a war they don't understand, fighting an enemy they often can't identify.

Says Chuck, "These are not war stories. These are stories set during that place and time. I have met, spoken to, shared a beer with each character in these stories. Whether it's the retired Teamster, the two-war vet who needs medical attention, or the farmer who walked away from basic training, each deserves a level of respect. War forms or informs us but should not, by itself, define us."

Like many of his contemporaries, Chuck was drafted into the Army and "given a free trip to southeast Asia." He served in Vietnam from 1966-67 in First Log Command and 1967-68 in the First Infantry Division, and was in Di-An during the Tet Offensive. While in-country, Chuck was a radio operator, jeep driver, trucker, and finder of lost items.

His writing has been enriched by exposure to people of diverse backgrounds and interests. After serving two years in Vietnam, he embarked on a series of occupations: long-haul Teamster truck driver, radio announcer, broadcast engineer in radio and television, Emmy-nominated sound mixer, and satellite uplink operator for broadcast programming. He retired in February 2016 from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's educational television department to write full-time.

His first book, "Stories from Potomac County - Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies from Rural Virginia and Someplace Else," tells stories based on his upbringing in Rappahannock County.

Smith and his wife Sharon and their two dogs live in Williamsburg, Virginia. They have two adult children and many grand-dogs.

Vietnam: Stories from a War is available through www.lulu.com/spotlight/potomaccounty in print or as a download.

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