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Jungle Combat

Military Non-Fiction

“Many autobiographical books have been written about the Vietnam experience, most of them years after the fact based upon imperfect memory. By contrast, the contents of this book reflect immediate reactions to the grim reality I encountered in Vietnam at the time on a daily basis.”

– Col. John “Ace” Astle U. S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

Speaking Events

Fall 2022


October 9, 2022 1:00pm

American Legion Post 109 – 1610 Sulphur Spring Rd Baltimore, MD. 21227 –

Everyone Must Register to Attend – Click Here

A Salute to Vietnam Veterans luncheon and presentation of Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins,sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109 and The American Legion Post 109. The Auxiliary is an approved partner of the United States Vietnam War Commemoration Program.

Special guest and speaker for this event is Col. John “Ace” Astle USMC retired, a decorated Vietnam Veteran who saw active duty as a helicopter pilot. He is also a former Maryland State Senator who got Governor Hogan to sign off on “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 29th of each year.  Senator Astle is the subject of the novel “Jungle Combat”  which contains transcripts of the recorded letters he sent to his mother during his service in Vietnam from 1968 – 1969. 


In Person  Book Signing Events

Barnes and Noble at Annapolis Harbour Center 2516 Annapolis Harbour Center Solomons Island Road 

Times: 10 am – 2 pm
November 10, 2022 – U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
November 11, 2022 – Veterans Day
December 10, 2022


August 2022

Chesapeake Bay Trust Meeting   – (Invitation Only)

Along with the late former Senate President Mike V. Miller, John played a key role in the establishment of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a green jobs development program managed by the Trust. John’s legacy at the Trust is that of steadfast champion.


May 30, 2022

Memorial Day Event at Charlotte Hall


A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  The Keynote speaker, former Maryland State Senator John Astle is standing to the left of the American Flag and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings is to the right of the American Flag.  Both gentlemen served in the United States Marine Corps and are Vietnam Veterans.


May 14, 2022

Col. Astle was invited to participate in the Zoom meeting:


May 13, 2022

Col. Astle spoke on the topic of  the origins of the Purple Heart at the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting.

March 30, 2022  Hospice of the Chesapeake Interview w/ John Astle & George Forrest

March 20, 2022

Ceremony Host:

Senator/Colonel John C. Astle, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) 


Book Launched March 29, 2022!

Book Signing Party was on….

Welcome Home Vietnam War Veterans Day!

Venue: Harry Browne’s

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