Following the war in Vietnam, more than 2,600 were left behind, and countless others suffered physical and emotional scars that lasted for years. Time Passed tells the stories of suffering experienced by Daniel Gardner, Phillip Russ and Benjamin Simms.
Daniel, a helicopter pilot serving his third tour, who lost his crew rescuing a downed naval pilot, is taken prisoner by Laotian soldiers and suffers through two years of torture. But it is two events that will change his life, the first he witnesses while held in captivity and the second awaits his return home.
Phillip, a helicopter pilot serving his first tour, is the lone survivor of his crew that was shot down resupplying a search and rescue mission in Cambodia. His degrading torture leads him to such emotional destruction that he tortures his wife in silence for more than three decades.
Benjamin, a Huey crew chief in his third tour, is shot down resupplying the 101st Airborne under attack at Firebase Ripcord. It is the news he receives while recovering from his wounds that leads him to live more than thirty years in self-imposed solitude.
Three decades later, the three are brought together for the first time by an unexplained, unnatural event that alters the course of their lives, and the years of silence begin to heal.
The story closes in memoriam to those who never returned home.
About Robert Barlow Jr (Atlanta, Georgia Author)
Robert has spent 26 years as a safety professional following his graduation from Murray State University. His day job is as site safety for a major construction company.
During his spare time, he tackles is love of writing, which has yielded four titles; At the Water’s Edge, History Repeated: America’s Next War Between the States, Criminal Diversions and Time Passed.
Robert has served 27 years in the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, including mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He currently lives in Ridgetop, TN with his wife and their family of pets.