Veteran's Memory Lives on Through New Book, 'David and Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story'

Just in time for Veterans Day (Nov. 11) comes 'David and Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story,' a book about the childhood friendship between David Nelson and Lee Roy Herron.

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Just in time for Veterans Day (Nov. 11) comes "David and Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story," a book about the childhood friendship between David Nelson and Lee Roy Herron. Herron later fought and lost his life on the front lines of the Vietnam War in 1969. Refusing to let the memory of Herron die within him, Nelson set out on a quest to find out what really happened in the last days of his close friend. What he learned caused him to rethink the nature of fate, friendship and heroism – and touches lives even today.

About the Authors

  • David L. Nelson graduated from Texas Tech University, holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and spent three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He works as a tax consultant for major nonprofit organizations in Texas, and lives with his family in Houston.
  • Randolph B. Schiffer graduated from Yale College in 1969, fought with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam and returned home to become a physician. He currently hunts extensively in Northern Michigan, manages investments in Santa Fe, and writes fiction in both places.

Reviews

  • "A gripping chronicle of character and commitment. David Nelson's account of how Lee Roy Herron became the recipient of the Navy Cross in Vietnam is a reminder of why American heroes still matter." – Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (ret.)
  • "Dave Nelson was a classmate of mine in the early seventies. In 'David and Lee Roy' he has told a poignant story of two Marine officers: one who served and died heroically in Vietnam, the other who refused to let his memory die with him." – Gen. James T. Conway, 34th Commandant, USMC

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