John Wood, a writer and former magazine editor, served in Vietnam in 1967 and has published an ebook about his unusual experiences there:Saigon Tease: So, What Did You Do in Nam, Dad? (Amazon Kindle).
"Catch-22" was the first classic farce about American military life. "M*A*S*H," set later during the Korean War, continued that tradition. But few books have chronicled the behind-the-scenes absurdities of the Vietnam War.
In the tradition of "Sgt. Bilko," Saigon Tease follows the misadventures, narrow escapes, and anguish of an 18-year-old as he awkwardly transitions from boy to man.
"Many Americans, when asked what comes to mind when they think of Vietnam, would probably say anger, torment, sadness," Wood says. "I had a different experience. For that reason, my book is a saga of wonder and beauty and innocence."