Charles A. Van Bibber was born in San Antonio, TX and grew up on a small ranch outside of Fredericksburg, TX.
I joined the Marine Corps in 1967 at age 20. Turned 21 in Dec 1967. Went to Vietnam February, 1968. Served in the Marine Corps from August, 1967 to October, 1969
Served in the Navy from August, 1972 to July, 1990
Moved to NC in 1996
Took 3 years to write book. Started in 2010 after Mother’s death and receipt of letters home. Finished in Dec, 2013. Had to stop writing often, as I relived the events listed in the book. My main focus was to honor the Marines who were KIA in Vietnam and I posted memorials on the wall for each of them as I wrote the book. I did extensive research to find the Marine Corps records and other sources to document the things that happened in Vietnam. Since I could not find a book written about 2/27, I decided to write my account. I released my first book in May, 2014. From the response to my book, I decided to write a second and probably a third book. The second book will focus on my return home and how I dealt with the effects of combat and tried to fit in. Hopefully the second book will be finished in 2015