Hear the Bugles Calling: My Three Wars As a Combat Infantryman

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NewSouth Books, Jan 1, 2007 - History - 214 pages
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Sergeant Lionel "Chooch" Pinn was an American warrior, an Osage Indian whose career as an army sergeant met the high standards set by his father's example as a World War I veteran. Reared in the crucible of the Great Depression and case-hardened in hand-to-hand combat against the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII, Pinn went on to fight as a foot soldier in Korea, Laos, and Vietnam. Pinn recounts these wars as only an infantry soldier could. His gritty account of fighting in distant corners of the world is a journey through America's tumultuous last half of the 20th century. Sgt. Pinn's memoir, exciting, horrifying, upsetting, is a testament to the uncompromising fighting spirit of U.S. soldiers.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Prologue
15
WOrld War II
19
Born to Be a Warrior
20
entering the army
23
Pearl
31
new guinea
36
Fighting in the islands
55
Prelude to Vietnam
138
Home Fires in nam tha
143
Delivering Babies for the laotians
146
river Doctor
150
an uncertain Peace
161
Back to the states
163
training Cubans
165
the reason una left
167

army rust
62
KOrea
67
a soldier again
68
a new love and a new War
73
On the naktong
76
snow and Chinese everywhere
88
Chinese Capture and escape
99
leaving Korea
110
laOs VIetnam
131
Fort Benning
132
listen to the rice grow
134
Vietnam
170
in a spirit World
178
19681969
184
the World from House 10
195
retreat
199
retirement and Judy
200
action in grenada
205
return to laos
209
Old soldiers all
215
afterBattle report
220
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Lionel F. Pinn Sr. (Author)
LIONEL F. PINN SR. (1923-1999) was a soldier of three wars and countless battles. A POW in all three wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam). Awarded the Bronze Star w/oak leaf cluster and four Purple Hearts. After his last Retirement he went into Law Enforcement and eventually became the Chief Jailer at the Marshall County Alabama jail. He was inducted into the Ft. Benning, Georgia's Infantry Museum's "Triple CIB Hall of Honor" in 1992 and the "Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame" in 1997. His critically acclaimed biography, Hear the Bugles Calling was released in 2001. Lionel live out his life in Guntersville, Alabama. He would occasionally speak at schools and other gatherings about his heritage and military life. According the his Enlistment records Lionel enlisted November 18, 1941 at the age of 18, in the Quartermaster Corp of the US Army. He weigh 144 pounds and stood 70 inches high. Lionel was buried with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery [Sec 66 Site 5364].

Frank Sikora (With)
FRANK SIKORA, a native of Byesville, Ohio, is a veteran journalist and the author of The Judge: The Life and Opinions of Alabama's Frank M. Johnson, Jr.; Selma, Lord, Selma; and Until Justice Rolls Down: The Birmingham Church Bombing Case. He is recently retired from the Birmingham News.

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