Author Event - Randy and Roxanne Mills
Authors, Randy and Roxanne Mills will give a presentation in our Reading Room and sign copies of their book on the main floor of the store.
Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam, tells the heartbreaking story of Richard “Dick” Wolfe, a Princeton, Indiana youth who was killed in action on January 6, 1968, in the now forgotten battle of Xom Bung. Wolfe’s story was preserved, however, in scores of letters sent to the family and friends from July 1967 to January of 1968. Dick Wolfe’s letters held little back and shed light on the complexities of an American army rifle company in Vietnam at the apex of the war, revealing the budding friendships and bonding among the thrown-together group of young American men of Alpha Company.
Using these letters, and materials such as interviews, diary and journal entries, military reports, recorded air-to-ground conversations, newspaper articles, memoir pieces, and military history accounts, Randy and Roxanne Mills weave together a tale with the greatest amount of context, delivering an astounding awareness of the incredible stress of combat—both on the combatants and the “folks back home.” The story is a real-time chronicling of the impact of the war on all concerned—family, friends, and the community where Dick Wolfe grew up—written with a simple eloquence that puts flesh on the skeleton of understanding of war’s pervasive and lasting effects.