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Veteran’s book tells of brotherhood and war, faith and forgiveness BY JACLYN TURNER
Press, a publisher that specializes in military Vietnam veteran Michael March is history and veteran living his second childhood. He writes, memoirs. goes to the gym, spends time with his March grew up in family and girlfriend, and sings in the the 1960s and describes choir at his church. himself as a “peace and He’s also an author. March has writlove hippie.” His faten a fictionalized tale of serving in Vietther urged him to go nam and describes his book, “Each One a to Fashion Institute of Hero: A Tale of War and Brotherhood,” as a Technology for induswar novel in the tradition of “Catch-22” or trial engineering so he “M*A*S*H.” It’s based on his year as a memcould manage a knit ber of the 11th Armory Cavalry Regiment. shirt factory in North Many mornings, March sits at one Carolina, but Marsh of the large chairs in the corner at the followed his passion Panera Bread restaurant on Mount Verfor music. non Road writing, editing his books, “It was all I lived and hashing out more ideas. for,” he said. A loquacious 70-year-old, March has In 1965, March piercing blue eyes and long sandy hair competed in a battle peppered with grey. He moved to Sandy of the bands at the Springs five years ago from New York City World’s Fair in New York and took sevto help his brother with their 90-year-old enth place. mother. Two of his children March was drafted into soon followed, as the 11th Armory Cavalry did his ex-wife. Now Regiment and spent a year March is happy to in Vietnam coordinating talk about the acartillery fire. At the base complishments of his camp, he remembers, he children and the two played guitar for his felother books he’s in the low soldiers. He eventumidst of writing. ally went through four March wrote an guitars while in the early draft of his novarmy, he said. el more than 22 years “I did my year ago when he lived in and got out, but I New York, but life and also needed to write raising a family seemed about it,” he said. to get in the way. “The experience After he moved to Attaught me about lanta, he unearthed the God, life and how floppy disk holding the stoto be a better a ry, and decided to revive it. person and use the experiHe spent many months reence to do good. My parents thought I writing and trying to find the right pubwas out of mind when I came home, belisher before partnering with Hellgate cause all I wanted to be was a good person and God wanted me to represent good.” He said a stranger, who had been a sniper, sought him out, saying, “I’ve been looking for you. I’m a messenger from God. He sent me to find you. If God can forgive me, he can forgive anyone. Our generation is going to save the world.” March used that encounter as the climax of his book. His military service, he said, “taught me how to live life and MICHAEL MARCH be appreciative.” AUTHOR OF “EACH ONE A HERO: A TALE OF WAR Writing his book and AND BROTHERHOOD”
I did my year and got out, but I also needed to write about it. The experience taught me about God, life and how to be a better person and use the experience to do good.
Michael March settles in for some writing at Panera Bread.
its related spinoffs, he said, has brought a different sort of fulfillment. A fellow veteran told him he thought he was reading about himself, truly making the “blood and guts” of war into a story of connection, brotherhood and shared experiences.
“I don’t believe in hurting others and taking lives,” Marsh said, “but you do what you need to do when your country calls on you.” For more information about “Each One a Hero,” see hellgatepress.com.
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