Vietnam Vets Against the War Review All the DifferenceAll the Difference By Al Wellman (reviewer) The Veteran Fall 2013 (Volume 43 number 2) page 48
All the Difference Daniel C. Lavery (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)
The best history books are written by those who lived through the events described. "All the Difference" by Daniel C. Lavery is a well-written description of the United States' turbulent 1960s. The stage is set by a child's perceptions of life in the United States during the cold war. As the son of a career naval officer, Lavery lived in widely separated locations offering various perspectives from Florida to California. His description of cultural interactions during the post-war military occupation of Japan provides insight into an era changing both nations.
Lavery describes an adolescence defined by scholastic team sports. His athletic prowess sustained a successful self-image through uncertainty about career objectives. The comfortable diversion of team sports disappeared with graduation from the United States Naval Academy just in time for the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
Chapters 24 through 33 recount a typical junior officer service obligation beginning with acquisition of the traditional new Corvette. Flight training with the RA5C Vigilante contrasts the reality of high-tech weapons systems against their advertised capabilities. Self-destructive drinking and driving reflect doubts about a military aviation career. After successful completion of flight training, Lavery requests reassignment to surface ships. Subsequent service aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) brought combat zone experience in Camranh Bay and Danang followed by time in western Pacific ports including Taipei, Hong Kong, Yokosuka, Subic Bay and the unforgetable city of Olongapo.
Upon release from active duty, Lavery found in law school the means to effectively apply the energy and enthusiasm which had brought him athletic success before Vietnam. His description of California's energizing activism of the 1960s will bring back memories to every Vietnam veteran and offer a window for younger readers to understand the origins of VVAW.
(After shipboard training with Naval Academy midshipmen during the summers of 1965 and 1967, Al Wellman accepted a Naval ROTC commission in 1969 and patrolled the PIRAZ station off North Vietnam aboard USS Chicago from 1970 to 1972.)
All the Difference, a memoir by Daniel C. Lavery, is available at Amazon.com. for purchase or free look inside of the first 6 1/2 chapters at Dan's website: http://www.danielclavery.com, and on Amazon's Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BNXHV9Q, and for many electronic outlets at smashwords.com/books/291857. A paperback version is available at http://www.amazon.com/All-Difference-Daniel-C-Lavery/dp/1482676532/ You may communicate with Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org and facebook.com/danielclavery.com/
- All the Difference, Daniel C. Lavery Promotion Appearance Calendar 2013:
- 1) July 6, Coronado High School Reunion 4 PM-on Crenshaw’s House
- 2) September 21, David Starr Long Beach Jordan High School Reunion Huntington Beach Park ten classes from the Fifties
- 3) Oct. 3-5, YoHi Reunion San Diego Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel
- 4) Oct. 9, 10, 11:45 AM, IWOSC writers critique meeting Crown Books Woodland Hills.
- 5) Oct .31, 12:45 Interview for Vietnam Vets Against the War to student in Miami, Florida.
- 6) November 1, 11 AM-noon Tim Brunson,PhD, “It’s Your Life” WDNG.net, which has an international Alexa ranking of 548,000 (out of 48 billion). Shows are now aired 24/7 on http://radio.infingos.com. They are about transformation life stories.
- 7) Nov. 2, Camarillo Book Faire IWOSC and volunteer desk 11 AM to 2 PM
- 8) Nov. 7, 11-noon interview with Stanley Bronstein of SuperChangeYourLife.com (HARO reporter)
- 9) Nov. 10, Fall Poetry Festival Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave, North Hills, CA 91343, 12:30 pm-4 PM food and drink provided, poetry with Richard Weekley and others including Dan promoting his memoir, All the Difference, and book signing.
- 10) Nov. 13, IWOSC Critique group 10:00 to 1145 AM Crown Books Woodland Hills.
- 11) November 21, Naval Academy Shipmates Wood Ranch Agoura 1 PM
- 12) November 25, 7:30-9 PM IWOSC Writing History Panel Discussion 4117 Overland Ave Culver City
- November 29, all day Friday, Tim Brunson's interview of Dan taken on Nov 1 will air on http://www.wdng.net/ItsYourLife.cfm.
- 13) December 7, Noon to 2:30 PM, Crown Books Woodland Hills, Book Signing 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. # 1340, Local Authors, Daniel C. Lavery and Richard Weekley. (coffee, water, nuts, cookies)
- 14) December 11, IWOSC winter party at the Biltmore, tour ,dinner, and program 6-10 PM.
- 15) December 14, Army /Navy Football Game US Naval Academy Alumni Association(Ventura County Chapter)at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club 11:00 AM check in, 11:30 AM brunch, 12:00 PM Game. (First timers address the group).