Service with a smile at the JBLM Library
It's an adventure sharing "Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam" with the world. One of the best ways to do that is to get the memoir into libraries, which is why I love it when readers ask their local library to order it. That can be done online by looking for the "contact us" information on the library website. But I highly recommend strolling in to the building and asking a librarian face-to-face. They're the nicest, most helpful people in the world. Among them is Jane Cherney, acting chief librarian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, pictured here.
Because Grady went through training at Fort Lewis, I stopped by the base library to donate a copy of his memoir this fall. Jane was delighted to add it to the collection. She invited me to come back and give a book reading. And she spread out a map to show me how to get to the old barracks that show up in Grady's tales and to newly remodeled base museum, which I added to the must-see list for my next trip to Western Washington.
Another reason to visit libraries in person or on-line is to see what kind of books about Vietnam are available. With the 50-year commemoration of the war under way, there's extra incentive for the library to provide the community with stories about this important episode of our country's history.
Julie Titone is co-author of the Grady Myers memoir "Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War." Grady was an M-60 machine gunner in The U.S. Army's Company C’s 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in late 1968 and early 1969. His Charlie Company comrades knew him as Hoss. Thoughts, comments? Send Julie an email.