Meet Vietnam veteran Michael Duffy and hear his story told in his autobiography, From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War. Both gritty and intimate, his book tells the powerful story of the epic battle the Tet Offensive, from the perspective of this American soldier. Duffy's experience begins when he exits a C-130 cargo plan onto the Tan Son Nhut tarmac—a chaotic scene of blasts, explosions, and small arms fire. Sprinting to a waiting helicopter, Duffy is lifted up and over the city, where he gets a bird's eye view of Saigon under attack.
After his brutal one-year tour in Vietnam, Duffy returns to Chicago before enrolling as a freshman at Colorado College. Like many Vietnam vets, his return from the war would be met with curiosity, indifference, and at times scorn.