Sorry About That is a cautionary tale that must be read. The author insists that if we are t vigilant - if we do t defend our national political inheritance - a leadership, lacking transparency and exploiting our confusion, will do it for us. Dr. Stephen J. Weiss, author, Second Chance, from his Introduction What would you do if you realized that our political and military leaders were engaged in actions that you believed were wrong? In June 1967, Dick Denne returned home from Vietnam as a highly decorated, exemplary U.S. combat paratrooper. Within a year, he found himself in a military prison, where he was denied due process and subjected to the worst abuse imaginable - all at the hands at U.S. soldiers. Denne's crime? Speaking out against the U.S. presence in Vietnam and questioning the motives of our leaders - all while wearing his military uniform and in the service of his country. The irony? Dick Denne was never supposed to be in the infantry. All he ever wanted to be was a comedian. Instead, through a series of snafus that would make Hawkeye Pierce blush, he found himself assigned to the legendary 101st Airborne, the No Slack Battalion, where he repeatedly faced death and the horrors of combat during a then-unprecedented 270 consecutive days in the field. A good soldier, Denne earned many medals, including the Combat Infantryman Badge (one of the highest hors the U.S. Army can bestow on its own). But during his tour of duty, he developed a soldier's heart and became increasingly disillusioned with the U.S. mission in Vietnam. At a time when protests against the war were mounting across America, Denne was branded a troublemaker by the Army and nearly paid the ultimate price for exercising his freedom of speech. A heart-wrenching story about Vietnam that is still timely today, Sorry About That combines the drama of combat, the unique camaraderie that Denne experienced with his fellow soldiers, and the internal conflict that he felt every day as a young teenager, forced to grow up fast while trying to do the right thing - for himself, and for his country.
After his adventure with the military, Dick Denne gave up on wanting to make people laugh, choosing instead to hitchhike across America. After attending the University of Utah for a couple of years, he dropped out of college and found work helping to build the Snowbird Resort (next to the famous Alta ski resort). After settling in Moab, Utah for a while, where he explored the Four Corners area in America's southwest, as well as wrote a book on the Hopi, Fremont and Anasazi Petroglyphs, Denne then moved back to Hollywood, where he worked in the entertainment business as a stand-in and body double for many stars in hundreds of movies. Now retired, Dick lives in Toluca Lake, California, a few houses down from the home of his favorite stand-up comedian, Bob Hope. Though he never got to meet Hope, or see a USO show, Denne still talks to his pooka.