Title: Last Man Out
Author: James E. Parker
Parker, James E., Jr. (1996, 2000). Last Man Out: A Personal Account of the Vietnam War. New York : Ballantine Books
Date Updated: October 24, 2017
A proud veteran who simply did his duty gives an account refreshingly free of cynicism and self-pity. Parker unsentimentally chronicles his love for his country, his fellow soldiers and the Vietnamese people. His account is also the story of a boy becoming a man in a system that would fail to measure up to today’s politically correct standards of consideration for others. Early in the war when Parker signed on, however, it was as close to a pure meritocracy as such a system could be, and it produced competent, caring patriots who, like Parker, did their best to support and defend constitutionally formulated foreign policy objectives. Last Man Out will make readers who served in Vietnam remember the particulars of their training leading up to deployment and those hundreds of forgotten incidents that made up a tour of duty. For those who know the Vietnam War as history, it will help tell the rest of the story. This is an account of a proud veteran who simply did his duty.
There comes a time when old soldiers owe it to posterity to offer a summing up, but it is unusual and refreshing when memoirs appear free of prevailing mythology or self-serving ambition. Parker thinks for himself and tells no “bright shining lies.” The results are thoroughly honest and compelling Vietnam memoirs about uncommon duty in Southeast Asia.
Refreshingly free of cynicism, self-pity and self-aggrandizement, Parker’s candid account of the human dimension of combat belongs on your bookshelf next to other soldierly accounts of honorable duty such as Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway’s We Were Soldiers Once and Young.
There is also a Publisher description for this book. Joseph Cox wrote the above review. Full review at: http://www.thehistorynet.com/reviews/bk_manout.htm.