John Ketwig

John Ketwig is retired from an automotive service and parts career with manufacturers such as Toyota, Rolls-Royce / Bentley, Ford and Hyundai.  John is the author of …and a hard rain fell: A G.I.’s True Story of the War in Vietnam, originally published by Macmillan in 1985 and still in print by Sourcebooks after 27 printings. A new book tentatively titled Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, the Times, and Why They Matter will be available in the 1st quarter of 2019 and promises to be one of the most anti-war of all the many books about America’s war in Vietnam. John has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, he has spoken at America’s top colleges, universities, and high schools, and he has appeared on many radio and TV programs. John was in Vietnam from 1967 to September of 1968. Not wanting to be assigned to stand on the steps of the Pentagon and hold a bayonetted rifle against the peace protestors with whom he agreed, he chose to serve out his army “obligation” in Thailand. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans For Peace, and a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. John and his wife Carolynn feel that Agent Orange was responsible for the death of their firstborn son at the age of 14 days. Areas of focus: immorality of war; economic cost of militarism; constructive vs. destructive national agendas; little-known history of the Vietnam War era.

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