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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.)

Jungle Combat Speaker Series

& Book Signings:

In Person  Book Signing Events @ Barnes and Noble 

Annapolis Harbour Center – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.                                 Annapolis Harbour Center, Solomons Island Road


November 10, 2022 – U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
November 11, 2022 – Veterans Day
December 10, 2022

November 2, 2022  ( Private Event )

Jungle Combat Speaker Series on Leadership:

             Kessel Run | Code. Deploy. Win.


October 9, 2022 1:00pm

Special guest and speaker, Col. John “Ace” Astle USMC (R.)

(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. 


Past Events:

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 participated in a Gilchrist 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 with
Col. John Astle US Marine Corps (R.) & Lt. Col. George Forrest US Army (R.) (“We Were Soldiers Once…and Young”)

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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