7 December 2018
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson High School
1043 Highland Avenue, St. Louis
John and Lori will give a talk about the process of writing the memoir, followed by Q&A with the authors.
Books will be available for purchase.
"Jumping from Helicopters grabbed me on the first page and I couldn’t put it down. It was like reading my own story through John’s words, having served with him in Vietnam, in the same platoon and company. The 101st Airborne really is the “Tip of the Spear” in war, and I was impressed by how John’s daily journal provided his daughter Lori with the basis to accurately tell his story. It also transported me back to a place and time long, long ago; the lush green jungle and the stinking rice paddies were real again. From An Lo village on the Song Bo River to the Ashau Valley deep in the mountains, I could feel the heat and smell the dirt. I could remember the excitement and the tragedies, and I also remember the challenge of arriving back in the States. Even after the Vietnam Memorial Wall was built, it took me a long time before I could actually touch the names of our brothers who did not come home with us. Like John, I was home a long time before I really came home. Thank you, Lori, for gently pulling out the deeply buried memories, and for helping your dad to tell his story."
SSG WAYNE DUGGER,
101st Airborne, 1st of 502nd, B company
“Being a current-day veteran myself, I can say that not many civilians— especially today’s teens—have any idea what soldiers like John Stillman went through to defend freedom in a foreign land during the Vietnam War. Jumping from Helipcopters, from its intense moments of chaos and horror to its welcome injections of humor, paints that picture vividly and serves as a true eye-opener.”
SPC/E4, Active Army (2nd ID & 101st), 1986–1989; Army National Guard, 2004–2010
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