Myers, Walter Dean with collages by Ann Grifalconi. Patrol:
An American Soldier in Vietnam. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2002.
The following is from the inside jacket cover of Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam:
A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is
afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier
fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy. He crouches and waits — heart
pounding, tense and trembling, biting back tears. When will it all be over?
Walter Dean Myers joined the army on his seventeenth birthday, at the onset of American
involvement in Vietnam, but it was the death of his brother in 1968 that forever changed
his mind about war.
In a gripping and powerful story-poem, the award-winning author takes readers into the
heart and mind of a young soldier in an alien land who comes face-to-face with the enemy.
Strikingly illustrated with evocative and emotionally wrenching collages by Caldecott Honor
artist Ann Grifalconi, this unforgettable portrait captures on American G.I.'s haunting