After spending countless hours researching the Vietnam War and the Ute Indians, Deer & Deer Hunting Field Editor Les Davenport has written his first novel.
The Last Ute Chief
, released earlier this week, depicts the life and struggles of Native American Boyd Barfoot before and after he leaves the Ute reservation in Utah to serve in the Vietnam War. He encounters racism during boot camp when he is derogatorily referred to as "Chief" by his drill sergeant and fellow trainees. Bigotry continues during ranger training where he ultimately gains respect by earning the Bronze Star for non-combat valor. Most of this novel's 230 pages detail Boyd's heroic acts during two missions during the Vietnam War: destroying the Vietcong tunnels of Cu Chi and rescuing POWs held in Cambodia.
"How the Vietnam War came about and its horrendous injustices toward the Vietnamese people and their country are well portrayed," Davenport said. "The telling of the War on a personal level is through the eyes of my character Boyd Barfoot. His war experiences mirror those of my brother Louis, relatives, friends, and most veterans of that horrid conflict. The saddest outcome of this sorry war is certainly the unfathomable number of victims who suffered and died needlessly. Even soldiers who survived Vietnam were further downtrodden by the lack of war integrity when they returned home. Their mental scars will go to the graves with them."
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Daniel E. Schmidt, Editor, Deer & Deer Hunting