I would like to announce my upcoming book on Vietnam bring back weapons. I’ve noticed over the past few years, a growing interest in bring back weapons so I decided to publish a book on the subject. I’m trying to judge interest in such a book and figure out how many copies to get printed.
This book is non-profit and all proceeds after printing costs will be donated to the Honor Flight South Florida Organization. To those not familiar with the Honor Flight Organization, they take veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam on an all-expense paid one day trip to DC to visit the War Memorials.
The book showcases 39 veterans. Each veteran’s story is broken into three sections: The first highlights the vets service history in detail if known. The second gives a brief history of the Division/Unit he served in and lastly, a short history of the weapon and when possible, the story of its acquisition.
The last section of the book includes 10 pages of VC made bring backs not tied to specific veterans plus VC grenades and even a Chinese RPG Rocket Launcher! There also is a six page section of period photos showing soldiers and dignitaries holding captured enemy weapons.
The book will be hard cover, approximately 270 pages of premium paper with full color. From my calculations, the books printing cost will be around $35 a copy and adding an additional $5 for donation to Honor Flights bring the total to $40 plus shipping. USPS Media mail will be the preferred shipping costing around an additional $6. I am not asking for any money up front. When I have the books in hand, I will notify those interested via this thread or by PM. I am projecting a Mid-January completion date.
I am posting one vet’s section who was an Airborne Advisor who brought home a WWII era Luger that he himself captured. I have blocked out the serial number on the gun and paperwork but the full information will be shown in the book.
I would like to thank everyone for their interest in my book. All copies will be signed!
Books made it here around 7pm! I'm going to get the first batch in the mail tomorrow morning. Its a lot of work getting them labeled and boxed up for shipping but I'm loving it! Thanks again everybody!
Mine arrived and the post office found it necessary to open & inspect my book in the package. Strange... it must have been their inquisitive nature. The PO seems unduly curious about the affairs of others. I hope they found it as fantastic as I did. I guess I am lucky they did not cut the book cover. Great job, fantastic book, thank you for writing it. It does not show the unpaper goodies we sent back.... most said screw the paper work. But then most jar heads have sticky fingers...
Wow I've never had one of my boxes opened before. Make me wonder if they will open some of the other ones with multiple books in them? I bought the best tape (gorilla) to seal the boxes and they put one piece of that tape to reseal it. It obviously worked but ones with 3 books in it hopefully wont be a problem. I'm glad you liked the book and thanks for your support!
I especially like all the views of the paperwork and history of the officers-- it seems some of the big boys got stuff home easily. Their was a small stamp saying, "Opened for inspection" but it did not state what post office or receiving station opened it.