The Bamboo Shoot

By James Parker Wollner

The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon


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In 1967 a new and unique unit was formed using airboats. This was a first for a regular Army Division. The Army asked for “volunteers”. These were draftees and regular army personnel. They were from all over the country and from all walks of life. This story is about how they coalesced into a fighting unit that did their very best in a war that was waged with the best intentions. The book is written on a timeline and through the use of vignettes describing life, events, people, flora and fauna, and personal feelings. The book shows what it was really like serving in Vietnam.

JAMES PARKER WOLLNER was drafted into the Army in 1967 at age 21. He served with the 2nd Airboat Platoon, 9th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. In 1970 he received a degree in History/Political Science from Bloomfield College. He worked as Director of Purchasing at a community hospital in NJ. In 1979 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and retired in 1986. He started writing his memoirs and completed the Bamboo Shoot in 2002. Jim lives in Bloomfield, NJ, with his wife Madeline.

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