Rob served in the Army's 196th Light Infantry Brigade from June 3, 1968 - June 3, 1969 (365 days). He was a machine gunner in Company D called “Black Death”. His combat experiences led to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition better understood today, than when he returned in 1969. From the age of 20, everything he experienced was through this distorted lens.
Years after his return from Vietnam, Rob sought treatment for his combat related PTSD symptoms (nightmares, flashbacks, hypersensitivity etc.). This treatment required Rob to remember and own traumatic events that he had suppressed. Rob began telling his stories, owning the narratives, and eventually putting them into book form – the first many copies of which he printed and hand-bound himself. He received this support and therapy at the Vet Center in Rocky Hill, Ct.
Robert B. Boyd died in April 2009. He completed these stories in spring of 2007 after receiving a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. He wrote them knowing that he would not be here to tell them.
The hope is that in reading Rob’s stories, other vets will be encouraged to “own” their equally powerful stories and that their families may have a glimpse into what combat soldiers experience and what horrific memories they carry.