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A Story of the Generation that Fought the Vietnam War

by Maj. Ray Gleason, US Army (Ret.), Ph.D.


This is a collection of heroic short stories centered on the experiences of three young men and their families during the Vietnam War. The book presents a ‘coming-of-age’ narrative that begins in the lush river valleys of upstate New York and on the streets of New York City and provides an insightful perspective of youth and innocence plunged into the crucible of war. As well, it transcends the “good guys, bad guys” portrayal of human conflict by presenting its readers with a depiction of good people, Americans and Vietnamese, caught up in unthinkably grim and difficult circumstances. It celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to triumph over the horror and tragedy of war.


In a recent talk to Chicago business leaders about the Vietnam war, Maj. Ray Gleason (U.S. Army. Ret.), Ph.D., stated, “My generation is defined more by this war, by this experience, than by the media representations of anti-authority and anti-establishment behaviors, the typical generational icon of Woodstock, the overt sexuality, long hair, drug use. In fact, had it not been for the Vietnam war there would have been no Woodstock.”

Gleason is a retired Army Infantry Major. During the Vietnam conflict, Gleason served as a rifleman and squad leader, and then as a Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) and Hawkeye team leader with the Rangers.

Gleason lectures in medieval literature at Northwestern University, where he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He is also on the faculty of a private high school in Indiana, where he teaches writing and leadership ethics.

He lives in Indiana with his wife, Jan Peyser, an award-winning silversmith jeweler, and the founder, owner, designer and creator of Jan Peyser Jewelry, LLC. Together, they enjoy the antics and camaraderie of five friendly felines.

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A 'Devil's Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Terms & Tales

by Ray Gleason


"Our national president...enjoyed the book segments so much that he also went and bought a copy. Great stuff...thanks to Ray Gleason for writing an excellent book."

--Christian Nelson, VietNow National Editor, October 2012

What was it like to be a nineteen year old US Army infantryman in the highlands of Vietnam in the late 'sixties? Major Ray Gleason’s book, A Grunt Speaks: A 'Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Tales & Terms, uses the terminology and concepts of the Vietnam-era infantry to explore the infantrymen’s attitudes toward their role in the war, the anti-war movement, their enemies and each other. Gleason, a combat veteran, retired Infantry officer, college professor in literature, and ethics teacher brings a fresh, and at times humorously ironic, perspective on the experiences of young Americans in combat and their struggles to re-integrate themselves into a society that seemed at times hostile and embarrassed by what they represented.

Much more than just a glossary of Vietnam-era lingo, this fascinating compendium also gives the reader an insider’s view of real combat in the jungles of southeast Asia.


Ray Gleason is a teacher and retired Army Infantry Major.

While in Vietnam, Gleason was a rifleman, i.e. grunt, 11 Bush, ground-pounder, with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry (“Cacti Blue”), and he was also a Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) team leader with the 75th Infantry (Ranger). During his military career, he was an infantry company commander, an armored cavalry squadron XO, and a division and army-level staff weenie. Gleason has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He still has his poncho liner and P38.

Gleason is a lecturer in Medieval Literature at Northwestern University in Chicago where he received a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and an MA in English. Gleason also has a BA in English Literature and European History from Hunter College in New York.

Since retiring from the Army, Gleason has served in a number of leadership positions in the telecommunications industry.

These days, when he’s not ranting about lifers, REMFs, cabbages and kings, Gleason teaches leadership and ethics at the Culver Academies in Indiana.

Gleason has pitched his hooch in Indiana with his wife, Jan Peyser, a prize-winning silversmith jeweler, designer and entrepreneur. Between them they have six children, five grandchildren and five cats.

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