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  • Adame to sign copies of his book at the Book Grinder Nov. 17

  • When Ron Adame's son Michael started asking about his experiences during the Vietnam War, Adame started writing down what he remembered.
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  • When Ron Adame's son Michael started asking about his experiences during the Vietnam War, Adame started writing down what he remembered.
    "My youngest son was interested in what I did in the war, so I started writing," he said. "I never intended to write a book. I just kept writing. It took about 10 years to write."
    The result of Adame's years of writing is "Audible Click," which was published earlier this year.
    Several times during the process, Adame, who lives in Wichita, thought he was done. Then he would see something on TV or read something that would remind him of something else to write down.
    "It sat pretty much done for a couple years," he said. "Last year I decided to try to get it published. If my son wouldn't have asked, I probably wouldn't have written it."
    On Aug. 15, "Audible Click" was published by Author House, an online publisher.
    Adame chose this title because of something that happened after he left Vietnam.
    "When I came home, I lay down in my bunk and I closed my eyes and there was almost an audible click in my mind," he said. "It's like my mind was unlocked. I had made it. The war was there and now I'm here and I'm going to go forward."
    He isn't quite sure why he was able to switch back to civilian life, but he is grateful he could.
    "I thank God for my audible click," he said. "I think a lot of my brothers and sisters who went to Vietnam were not afforded their audible click. Some people are stuck halfway over there. It's tough on people. It really wasn't anything I was able to do. I had no control over it. I was able to switch back to civilian life while a lot of others weren't able."
    The book begins in the mid-1960s, progresses to the draft and then to Vietnam.
    Adame joined the National Guard, and trained at Fr. Carson, Colo., before ending up with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam.
    "We did ambush/search and destroy," he said. "I was with the infantry."
    He spent most of the six months and eight days he was there in the jungle.
    "The longest I went without a bath was six weeks," he said.
    One day, they came upon three unexploded bombs with one of them cut in half.
    "The Vietcong used the exterior explosives to make booby traps," he said. "We think they were 750 pound bombs."
    After calling the bomb experts, Adame and the others watched the 2,000 pounds of TNT explode.
    Page 2 of 2 - "When we went down where the bombs exploded the jungle was vaporized," he said. "There was a football field-sized hole. There was no more jungle there."
    Adame will be hosting a book signing at the Book Grinder, 2222 W. Central, on Nov. 17 from noon to 3 p.m.
    Book Grinder owner Sandra Emlet encourages those looking for Christmas gifts to come out and buy a book.
    "I think it's interesting to find somebody with a personal story," she said.
    For those unable to make it to the book signing, Adame will leave copies at the Book Grinder for purchase.
    He describes his book as a collection of stories, not a political take on the war.
    "This isn't a book about the political side," he said. "It's just how it affected an average guy in Wichita in 1965. I was just one of a million or so who ended up going. We were all pretty much the same, I think."
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