Earl “Dusty” Trimmer was a combat infantry soldier in the Vietnam War from 1968–1969. He considers himself still a soldier. He attended classes for seven and a half years at four different universities—majoring in nothing, working full-time or part time while attending day or night classes for most of those years…just like in Vietnam, working day and night.
After changing jobs more than twenty times, he formed his own company to represent trade publishing companies in the research market. As a marketing and sales consultant, he often earned highly prestigious sales awards. He did not marry until his fortieth birthday in 1984, when he wed the lovely Ginny Brancato, becoming an instant proud stepfather to four and step-grandfather to seven to come later.
As a combat infantryman, often he walked at the head of the combat mission as the point man during the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, 1968, when nearly 17,000 American soldiers came home in coffins.
Condemned Property? and Payback Time!—his first two books—focused on America’s brave warriors who fought a formidable adversary in face-to-face battles amidst a cruel jungle environment. His articles and books have received favorable reviews and solid endorsements from credible sources such as Kirkus Reviews, American Legion, VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America, Combat Infantry Association, U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division, Military Writers Society of America, and more.
Since the Vietnam War, Dusty has feared that Vietnam veterans will run out of time before they receive credit for the true versions of their story before the American public. Since his return from Vietnam in 1969, he has faced near-death run-ins almost as often as he faced them in Southeast Asia. After his return home from the war, he has survived attempted acts of suicide, bankruptcy, auto crashes and terminal illnesses.
After suffering a 2006 collapse in a Cleveland VA, he filed a claim for PTSD. His quality of life has continued with detours and roadblocks from the VA because of countless claim DENIALS. So, he wrote books about it all, the most recent one…Unbreakable Hearts!