NYM author, Vietnam vet holds book signing
A New York Mills native has published a book about his experience in Vietnam, and will be signing copies at the New York Mills Senior Center this Friday.
Art Haman, who went to school and played football in NY Mills, was drafted into the Army at the age of 20, and spent a year in Vietnam in 1966-67 before returning to the area and settling down as a husband and father.
He didn’t often talk about what happened the year he was away. For more than 40 years, the subject was all but buried.
Until about five years ago.
Wanting his kids to know what we went through in Vietnam, Haman began writing his story.
The work was slow, bringing back nearly-forgotten memories and bringing things to the surface that he thought might be better left alone.
Still, as time went on, the words came, and Haman put them to paper. He wrote during the day, and at night he’d team up at the computer with his wife, Bev, proofreading and organizing the words into chapters.
After about three years of this, the book was complete. The Hamans found a graphic designer to help design a cover for the book, and “Vietnam: 365 Days” was printed.
“The tour in Vietnam was Art’s life for a year, but it was also the life of many more young men drafted into the Armed Services,” states a press release about the book. “Men were being drafted to serve. We at home never really think about what goes on in a war. Art has given his memories a voice; the exact time, exact place is not of great importance, and memories are just that – what you remember. This is the story of what Art can remember, what his life was as an armored combat infantry soldier.”
Haman will have his book on sale at the senior center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 27.
Stop by, get a signed book, and visit with some old friends and acquaintances. Books may also be purchased at amazon.com, ebay.com, and Kat’s Book Nook in Bemidji, Minn.