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Las Cruces vet releases 2nd book on experiences in Vietnam


Las Cruces resident, writer and U.S. Army veteran Bob Worthington, Ph.D., of Las Cruces, has published the second book of a planned Vietnam trilogy, Wilson Binley Advertising & Marketing said in a news release.

The book, “Fighting Viet Cong in the Rung Sat,” was released by McFarland Publishers Oct. 29, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and bookstores, the news release said.

 Worthington is a former journalism professor at New Mexico State University whose work has been published in many publications, the news release said.

“This book is about my second tour of duty in Vietnam,” Worthington said. “I needed money to complete graduate school and had already served as a combat adviser. I went back (to Vietnam) to make my education happen.”

Worthington describes the second tour as some of the fiercest fighting of the war and tells of his experiences training South Vietnamese commandos to conduct raids in the swamps south of Saigon, the news release said.

“Fighting Viet Cong in the Rung Sat” is the follow-up to Worthington’s previous book, “Under Fire with the ARVN Infantry,” which received a national award for excellence in literature from the Military Writers Society of America, the news release said. Worthington plans a third book, “The Making of an Army Psychologist,” in late 2022.

Worthington is a member of the Las Cruces Writers Group and has another anthology of military tales titled “Untold Stories” available on Amazon.

As a retired U.S. Army officer with 15 years in the infantry and a decade as an Army clinical psychologist, Worthington was awarded the combat infantryman badge, seven decorations for valor, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and several awards for meritorious service.

Visit www.BobWorthingtonWriter.com.