Fighting for Repose

Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran

by Harry V. Peterson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/13/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781489738134
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781489738127
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781489738141

About the Book

Fighting for Repose is a gripping, suspenseful, intense true-story account of Harry Peterson’s service in Vietnam onboard the Navy hospital ship, USS Repose (AH-16). As a nineteen-year-old electrician working in the bowels of the 450-feet ship, he traversed Da Nang’s coast along the demilitarized zone, with his ship admitting and caring for critically wounded American servicemen by the hundreds. In his foreword, Alvin J. Hower, author of No Greater Service: A Peace Corps Photo Memoir, writes, “Harry Peterson’s story reminds me of Forrest Gump! At an early age, Harry, like Forrest, is deemed a slow learner (but with a bad knee not leg), was bullied, had a love interest that was possibly involved in drugs in one way or another, and Harry was sent to Vietnam. But, like Forrest, Harry is an endearing character that always did the right thing.” Full of life lessons on survival and laced with insights on enduring war, PTSD, and dyslexia (that was not diagnosed until he was in his 60s), this memoir will inspire you to always do your best to persevere and follow your moral compass.

About the Author

Harry V. Peterson was third in his high school class of approximately 600 students, (third from the bottom that is), but through grit, patience, and persistence rose to become a petty officer third-class electrician mate, earned a BS degree in Engineering, commissioned Naval officer, and resigned his commission as full lieutenant in 1979. He reached the pinnacle of his careers as chief engineer, associate hospital administrator, and owner of the New River Construction. A licensed private pilot and open water master diver, Harry retired in 2010, and lives with his wife Lari in Florida. This is his first book.