The Making of a Soldier: From the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania to the Rice Paddies of Vietnam by Bill Chase


Grow up and go to war with a small-town Pennsylvania boy, born in 1937, who wants to be a soldier even before he can talk clearly.  Bill knew he wanted to be a soldier from age two, when he put on his World War I pot helmet and rubber boots and marched around his yard.  He struggled with school, but excelled at sports, working in the coal mines during high school summers.  Bill persevered and graduated from West Point, achieving his goal of becoming a soldier.  Follow Bill’s Army career from the Signal Corps in Hawaii, atom bomb tests on Christmas Island, two tours in Viet Nam, and two years as an ROTC instructor at Dickinson College during student protests of the Viet Nam War.