This book chronicles the author's experiences in being indoctrinated into the U.S. Marines in 1966. A natural storyteller, the author shares the opportunity to reminisce about the trials and tribulations in Boot Camp. A few chapters later the reader will enjoy a depiction of the duties, responsibilities and experiences in the Escort Service at the Marine Barracks at Philadelphia, and then as the "Lone Marine" in the Liaison Section at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
The book is historical in nature with many original documents: Draft Notice, Original Orders, Promotions and Commendations.
This Marine made the effort and time to recall, research the records, and write personal and unique experiences that will be interesting reading for all who have known or read about only the one side of conflict.
"The Other Side of Conflict" is dedicated to the generations of young people who serve in the Armed Forces, to Corporal Zahigian's fellow Vietnam Era veterans who trained alongside him, and especially to all those who did not return. (Congressional Record, May 10, 2001)
Richard Zahigian is a former Marine and a disabled Viet Nam War era veteran. Richard is a natural storyteller and like many others there was just not enough time, or the right time to sit down and put the words on paper, until 1999 when his busy lifestyle changed dramatically. Homebound recovering from a surgery, and not knowing that he would be permanently disabled, he now had the time to write and his story unfolded into this, his first book, "The Other Side of Conflict". Semper Fidelis!