Local author launches Vietnam-era memoir, “The Unopened Letter”

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April 5, 2021


Fernandina Beach, FL March 23, 2021 – The Unopened Letter is a coming-of-age story set in the mid-1960s. A period in U.S. history when tensions registered in the “red” zone for 27 million young men. Why? Because if you were between the ages of 18 and 25 and had followed the law to register with the Selective Service System, you were fair game to be drafted. You’d most likely be sent to Southeast Asia to fight in a hugely controversial war. Unlike during previous actions, military service members now not only risked their lives but often found themselves cold-shouldered by their fellow Americans.

This book is a very personal account of a young man who, when he received his letter, decided not to open it, thus shaping his destiny while remaining committed to serving his country—aboard a U.S. Navy ship. It’s a story that will make you laugh, cry, and leave you filled with hope.

The author held a book launch on March 28, at the St. Mary, George Submarine museum.

R. W. Herman, local author.

Locals can join the author for a Sip and Sign presentation Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the Book Loft, Centre St. Fernandina Beach, FL from 4 to 6 p.m.

Published by Giro di Mondo Publishing of Fernandina Beach, early reviewers say, “R.W. Herman brings the Vietnam-era Navy to your doorstep. As a fellow mustang officer, I can say this book is a must-read for all history lovers. Buy two, then give one to a veteran.”

J.R. Sharp, CDR – (Ret.) award-winning author of Feeding the Enemy series “A simple letter catapults Herman into a life-defining adventure for which he was unprepared. How he deals with his predicament will capture your soul …positively engaging, as only a few written works are capable. Herman’s story is heartwarming, at times humorous, exciting, chilling …”—

Emmett Henderson, Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) – five stars – “I was blown away by the intensity of the story… one of the most unique memoirs I had ever read… the most entertaining as well. The narrative was magical…a brilliant and moving story that had me hooked until the end.”

Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorites – five stars – Commander R.W. Herman (USN-Ret.) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota in 1965, he received his draft notice and chose to enter the United States Navy for four years, three of which were spent on the USS Cambria (APA-36). Two years after his return, he reentered the service and continued a career spanning more than thirty years. Following ten years of enlisted service, he was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program. He was the senior submarine communications officer in the Navy at retirement, having led the silent service into the twenty first century maintaining connectivity superiority. His last post was at Kings Bay, and he and his wife, Kathy, now reside in Fernandina Beach.

*Giro di Mondo is the publishing services arm of Ottima Group LLC 1417 Sadler Road, Suite 332 ~ Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 ~ 904.432.7443

Visit the author at www.rwherman.com


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