Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver
Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War is not politically correct or idealistic. It is not just another book about Agent Orange or the Vietnam War; it is the “silver bullet” which cuts through the complexity of the circumstances and pesticides used during the Vietnam War—highly toxic herbicides and insecticides which in some cases are still being used to this very day all over the world.
I was stationed in a geographic areas of South Vietnam which had been sprayed directly with, at the very least, the herbicides Agent Orange and Agent White; the insecticides malathion and DDT (an acronym for dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). Plus, there was a great likelihood that I had been exposures to quite a few other injurious toxic tactical-grade military pesticides and chemicals as well.
When I left Vietnam for the last time at the end of June 1969 I had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6, and had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor. I was also awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Five (5) Overseas Bars and was a qualified Expert with the M-14.