VERMILLION, South Dakota | Proceeds from a new book featuring the stories of Vietnam veterans with ties to the area will benefit local veterans organizations.
Written by USD professor emeritus Steve Feimer and Kristine Elin-Cable, the 455-page book "Vietnam Vets: Still Coming Home" tells the stories of 31 Vietnam veterans who served between 1961 and 1974. The stories are primarily in their own words based on interviews with the authors over the past six years. The book includes several photos from the veterans' Vietnam years and their more current lives.
Feimer presented a copy of the book to Beef Products Inc. co-founder Eldon Roth during a noon lunch at the Valiant Vineyards Winery in Vermillion.
The book has a large chapter on the late Col. Bud Day, a Sioux City native and Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II and the Vietnam War. A POW who escaped his cell in North Vietnam before being recaptured, Day received the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. The book also has a chapter on his wife, Doris.
The authors are donating the proceeds from the book sales to veterans service organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America in South Dakota.
Writing and publishing has been funded by donations from the University of South Dakota Political Science Department, Chiesman Center for Democracy, the authors and contributors from the public.
Books are available to order at thevietnamvets.com.