BELLE FOURCHE – “During combat, time disappears,” said J.L. (Bud) Alley at the Belle Fourche Library where the author was greeting a room filled with veterans, family members and those interested in the Vietnam War. Alley has written the book, The Ghosts of the Green Grass that highlights the la Drang battle in 1965. Thursday evening Alley shared his story of that battle.

Alley is also a champion for the American veteran. He urged the audience to become active in veterans affairs.

“It’s important to have a voice in the political arena,” he said. It’s up to us to help with the future of the American veteran he continued. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

He explained that Agent Orange from the Vietnam War has been skipping generations. Now it is affecting the great grandchildren of those that fought in Vietnam.

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Alley, along with his therapy dog Codi travel the US telling the story of battles and the men who fought them. His book focuses on more than just the fighting. Alley walks the reader through the preparation for deployment and continues onto the battle of la Drang.

During his presentation, Alley used a white board to draw the attention of the listeners into the battlefield as he described the passage of the 1st Calvary from one battlefield to the point of enemy contact and one of the most deadly battles of the war.

The Ghosts of the Green Grass is a perceptive narrative of one soldier’s Vietnam War during 1965. The story of Bud Alley and the soldiers that fought beside him is told in a way that will not be easily forgotten. The character of the American soldier is conveyed in a way that underlines the heroism of the men of the Vietnam War.

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