Lt. Jacob Jingle, a screw-up in ROTC, ended up in the
Vietnam conflict, working in a mostly fictitious, dysfunctional supply unit.
While madness and sadness rage around them in South Vietnam,
the men of the 716th Quartermaster Company stumble and fumble their
way through their mission: to feed, clothe, provide showers for, and gas up
troops in the field. And, sadly, to collect their bodies when they fall.
Unlike other Vietnam novels, 716th isnt all that bloody.
In fact, only two members of the 716th were actual casualties in the war. One
was run over by a Red Cross donut truck and the other one died laughing.
That said, Lt. Jingle is jubilant that he did not have to
kill anyone in Vietnam. Wait, take that back. He did zap a number of
cockroaches, but they were already half-dead from eating army food.
Then theres the pig and the monkeys . . .
83,000 words (equivalent to 311 pages in mass market paperback format)