Yesterday I had a conversation with two American heroes, real heroes by any standards. The first of those men, Colonel Fred Spaulding, is and was, the source of the minute details and overall information that went into the opening chapters of Between the Walls of Time, which begins with Cyrus in Vietnam. Colonel Spaulding is presently on the short list of nominees for The Congressional Medal of Honor, which he was passed over once before by Secretary of the Army McHugh for purely political reasons.This time around will be different, and it is coming soon. Colonel Spaulding has won every other major decoration for valor in the US Army arsenal. He fought as a young sergeant with Colonel Hal Moore (We Were Soldiers Once…and Young) and CSM Basil Plumlee, in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, America’s first major battle in Vietnam. My story, which features the last major battle, Ripcord, saw a then Captain Spaulding rescue hundreds of men from sure death at Fire Support Base Henderson and later on at Fire Support Base Ripcord.
I asked him one day how he preferred to be addressed and he said to call him Fred. So that was settled.
It has always been my hope that our military establishment would review and support Between the Walls of Time. When I asked Fred who could help me with that he suggested General Benjamin Harrison, retired, his commanding officer at Ripcord. Shortly thereafter I found myself on the phone with this American legend. His credentials are too numerous to mention here. Suffice it to say we had a warm conversation and General Harrison agreed to read and review my book. This coming September when my publisher releases 35 Advanced Reading Copies(ARC) to the leading press and reviewing bodies in America, General Harrison will already have weighed in. Regardless of his examination, I will always be thankful to have connected with an absolutely qualified source whom Colonel Spaulding says was the finest battlefield commander he ever served with. Quite a compliment.
It is my intention that all of you reading this, and those of you who will later on when the book is being sold, get a feeling for the research behind Between the Walls of Time. I’ll tell you more about some of the other characters and locations in future blogs and news releases.
Let me hear from you. Don’t be silent out there.