Just War follows the experiences of Tom Newman, a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1968, the bloodiest year of the war. Tom was assigned to the 1/502nd, known as “First Strike.” “First Strike” was the modern day equivalent of the Cavalry. Tom participated in seventy-six helicopter insertions, fifty-four of which were into hot LZs. In 1968 “First Strike,” sustained 97 percent casualties and fatalities.
Newman’s combat experiences ran from the Tet Offensive to the A Shau Valley. The “Valley” was defended vehemently by the communists; as a result it was the site of many fierce battles. Being a combat veteran of the “Valley” became a mark of distinction for troops on either side. There were twenty-six times, that Tom is aware of, that he should have been killed or at least severely wounded and one times when he actually did die. Tom was resuscitated however, not before his spirit and soul left his body and he was able to watch, and later recount, the efforts to revive him.
Newman enlisted in the army as a paratrooper and volunteered for duty in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge, Tom attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. After a twenty-year study of Scripture, Tom authored A Brief History of the Bible, rereleased as Things To Come; A Brief History of the Bible when he found the answers to life’s questions that had been lingering with him from his combat experience.