We Were Soldiers Too; Serving as a Reagan Soldier During the Cold War

On the verge of World War 3 and nuclear war, We Were Soldiers Too is about the difficult job of serving in the infantry during a critical time of the Cold War.

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"I too am a cold war Reagan soldier and I Enjoyed this Book very much. I think Bob did a great job by putting in writing how we all feel. We were highly Trained and Ready to meet any Challenge and Subdue any Threat. We were part of the Strongest Army in the history of the United States. We were and Still are ....Soldiers. I am Proud to have served with such fine members of the Military." Curtis Nazelrod

"Everyone should read this book. I was an Army Brat and then joined I only served 4 years this book is accurate about how i feel when called at school and other places. WOW good read" Linda

"As a fellow U.S. Army soldier who spent most of a 10 year career in Germany, along with a few other not so pleasant deployments, a lot of those thoughts and experiences struck home. This is not a super slick completely watered down version written third hand, nor is it an inelegant poorly written mess of a memoir. It is a fellow soldier's word, thoughts, and actions compiled from an era that a lot of Americans aren't that familiar with. Well worth the read and time spent." Florida Native

"As retired Navy, I was skeptical about reading about the Army. I'm glad I did. I learned a tremendous amount of history, by someone who lived it. Every day. It was a very tense part of American history, that for the most part, was pushed aside. The duty was real, the heartache was real, and the commitment was real. This book brings that out. I highly recommend this book. A must read." Tom M

"An excellent illustration of the lives and sacrifices of our Cold War enlisted service members. I recommend it to all. It brings back memories of those days and what we did during that era." Edward A. Chesky

"I highly recommend this for anyone to read, especially for anyone that has served this great Nation. I suspect that my fellow Cold War Veterans will be able to relate to a lot of what this author writes about." Tracy A Stephens

"An excellent book about those men who served during the Cold War. Excellent insight into how the Army prepared for a possible Soviet invasion. I highly recommend this book." Gary E. Earls

On the verge of World War 3 and nuclear war, We Were Soldiers Too is about the difficult job of serving in the infantry during a very critical time of the Cold War. It is a personal account of military service and the historical events that were happening during President Reagan's time in office as the world faced the possibility of nuclear war.

My service in the army was from November 1980 until March 1988 which coincided with President Reagan's time in office. Go through basic training with me as I was transformed from a naive seventeen year old boy into a dedicated, diehard soldier. Follow my journey to maturity while serving as the first line of defense for a Soviet invasion in Germany . Assigned the responsibility of defending an area in the Fulda Gap with only one objective, to hold the advancing Soviets until reinforcements arrived. An assignment that likely would have been at ground zero of a nuclear war.

By the time I arrived at Fort Knox, I was a complete soldier, submerging myself into every aspect of military life. This period saw the infantry transition from the slower, heavy armor vehicles to more technologically advanced armor like the Abrams tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. My final three years were spent at Schofield Barracks, the most physical assignment of my career, and the most rewarding. The army started converting units to light infantry to allow for rapid mobilization to multiple hotspots. My unit would be one of the first to go through the rigorous training and redesignation to light infantry.

I hope my story raises awareness for the important roles Cold War veterans played in our history. I also hope this helps others like myself as they wrestle with the dilemma of being a peacetime veteran during a wartime period.

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