Bud Alley

Bud Alley
The Ghosts of the Green Grass
The true story of the Second Battalion of the Seventh Cavalry as it was cobbled together at Fort Benning in the summer of 1965 and sent to the jungles of South Vietnam where it was engaged in the bloodiest day of the entire war on 17 November 1965. I was one of the the junior officers caught up in the middle of the action. The book is written in an autobiographical narrative fashion using four real soldiers who a also survived the battle. 155 American Cavalry men died that day, a little known story and 134 wounded in action out of the 350 men of the battalion. It weaves the story of Custer’s Seventh Cavalry around those of 1965. It also is the tale of the wives and girlfriends of the soldiers as their lives were uprooted too as a result of the government’s decision to send the men to war.
Signal Mountain TN
A decorated war hero who survived a year with the Second of the Seventh, part of the First Cavalry Division from its deployment in August 1965 to August 1966. As an infantry Lieutenant aged 23, he came home with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation among others. A graduate of Furman University in 1964 he was commissioned through ROTC and served two years active duty. He has been a perennial student, obtaining an MBA in 1974 and an MA in History in 2011 in preparation to write his stories. He spent a career in the corrugated box industry and has held a number of other jobs that include commercial acting, interim director of a Statewide Historic Preservation Trust, transcriber of Supreme Court Records for the Tennessee Sate Library and Archives, a tour guide, census taker, and retail sales. A member of Toastmasters and active in civic affairs. He has a therapy dog Codi and they give back by visiting area hospices and VA clinics and hospitals
Lectured to the SC National Guard Command and General Staff College on Vietnam
Spoken on management techniques and processes at various universities, including Vanderbilt, Furman University, Middle Tennessee State University and other institutions and organizations.
Advocate for Veteran’s access to mental health treatment.

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