Bruce Gard (aka Brewster MaCoy), author of A Fear of Dying: A Soldier's Story, will speak. His book is a fictional account of his experiences in Viet Nam, a story about a young man who would never have been drafted into the military because of his medical condition. He carried his medical records with him to the induction center and referred to them as his Ace in the Hole. Because of his smart mouth and his attitude, he got drafted anyhow. Once he realized that he was not going to get out of the Army, he decided to be the best soldier that he could possibly be. He became a Chopper pilot on a gun ship and served two tours in Viet Nam. The story talks about both his and other soldier’s experiences, fears, courage, compassion, and humor that they shared with each other during their tours in Viet Nam.
Brewster MaCoy was born in North Central United States in a small town with a population of about twenty thousand people, and has been a teacher for over thirty years. He came from a family with a long military history and has a brother and a sister. His parents were afraid that both of their sons could be killed in Viet Nam so they decided to have another child. Brewster’s sister is seventeen years younger, and both he and his brother called her the Viet Nam baby.