“Marine Lieutenant Brian M. Biggs takes us to the front lines, not of a shooting war, but of the battle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. The story that Biggs pieces together straddles decades, and is full of wry humor and unintended consequences…a remarkable look at a seldom seen side of the Vietnam War.” —Stevan Allred, author of The Alehouse at the End of the World
From 1966-1967, Brian M. Biggs served a unique tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine Civic Action Officer, an assignment that included teaching English to elementary school teachers in the village of Hoa My—a life-changing experience that developed cherished friendships which have lasted to this day.
“For me,” he writes, “it was a meal of Bun Bo soup served on the school desks of Hoa My Elementary School that swept the Vietnamese teachers into my heart and mind.” His three return trips to Vietnam in 2001, 2004, and 2006, allowed those friendships to flourish.
Those visits also unraveled a mystery born out of the chaos and confusion that was the Vietnam War. A mystery that mistakenly cast him as a spy for the South Vietnamese government and brought to light the role he played in the fate of one of the teachers suspected of being Vietcong.
“There are many memoirs of the Vietnam war; PROVE MY SOUL is a tender and illuminating story of healing and connection.” —Joanna Rose, author of Little Miss Strange
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