Earl “Dusty” Trimmer relates with both skill and personal experience events surrounding our most forgetable and misunderstood war in America’s history. He brings it all home with his down-to-earth style and considerable knowledge. In Unbreakable Hearts, Dusty dives into the Vietnamese history and culture and skillfully brings the reader into understanding our Vietnamese enemy’s amazing resolve. He brilliantly explains the evolution of our Vietnamese enemy over hundreds of years of invasions and wars. Always defending their country to remain free became an art.
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 I had left the Vietnam War in March of 1969, President Nixon pledged to “end the war and win peace” on June 8, 1969. The result of his actions brought twenty-five thousand soldiers home, still leaving troop strength at 484,000 that year. Many of the 509,000 troops in Vietnam at that time of the war were waiting anxiously to hear if their unit would be one of those selected and removed from the godforsaken battlefields of Vietnam. Would they be saved or would they continue fighting an elusive enemy that never, ever quit fighting, regardless of how bad their losses were? An enemy that had become battle-hardened because of long, bloody wars before us with the French, the Mongols, and Chinese. All of them were defeated eventually. Yes, even the Mongol hordes of Kublai Khan were beaten back to their Mongolian homeland by the tenacious Vietnamese.