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Joe Crane welcomes James Strauss on today's episode. James fought during the Vietnam War in 1968. His unique experiences inspired him to provide a detailed account of what happened. Listen to the story of James Strauss 30 Days Has September.Thirty Days Has September
James served as an officer in the Marines Corps during the Vietnam War. His experiences were quite unique to him, and so inspired him to write a series of books.
Thirty Days Has September is one such detailed account of what happened to him while in Vietnam. He kept the manuscript for more than 30 years for specific reasons. Now, he is out to share it to everyone.The Making of the Book
James completed the manuscript in 1970 and simply rewrote it for release. Letters of the past, some memorabilia, and former colleagues helped him assemble the story.
"It's there in the 1970 manuscript but it's also active in my mind because those kinds of experiences burn in intensely and don't come out." - James Strauss
Three men from his unit communicated with him, and were surprised that he still has the story intact. He's had his own share of challenges but he succeeded in the end.An Immediate Promotion
James became a commanding general the first day he arrived in Vietnam. They just got out of their training that time, and were taken to the commanding general's office.
"I said, 'I just got out of training and I don't really understand this. But what we learned is to take care of our men first.’" - James Strauss
He questioned why the officers were living in an air-conditioned comfort while the soldiers toiled in mud. Soon after, he just found himself as a company commander. All the other officers were already dead.
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