ROE: Rules of Engagement
by Bill Rambow
Book Two of the Philip Lawson Saga.
With more than half of his tour of duty in Vietnam behind him Specialist Fourth-class Philip Lawson starts looking to the future, to a time beyond War. He begins to envision what awaits his life and with that greater questions emerge. He wonders what future he may have with Jane, the love of his life and where his post-war time may carry him. Although ever-hopeful with the image of Jane in his mind, he remains immersed in the hell that surrounds him where the ever-changing circumstances and seemingly randomness of combat continue to test his resilience. As his own fears are realized an old friend unexpectedly returns to the company after a brief stint in the world and his changed personality is unsettling. It haunts Phil and quickly threatens to plant the seeds of doubt in his mind. Fortunately however he is soon offered a brief respite; a chance to honor a friend he nearly lost and an adventure back to the World where a surprise finds him that makes certain his life will never be the same. But lurking in the jungle on the other side of the world one final test waits that will challenge all he has learned about the meaning of brotherhood, love, family, and sacrifice.
About the Author
Bill Rambow, who grew up in Blue Island and Chicago, Illinois, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. He served as an infantryman with C Company, 2/47th Infantry (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam from March 1967 to March 1968.
After a total of five years in the Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant at the age of 22, Bill was selected as one of the nation’s first “Sky Marshals” in 1971, flying aboard Eastern Airlines’ Boeing 747s out of JFK International Airport in New York.
During the course of a 34 year career with the U.S. Customs Service, he was an Inspector at Washington Dulles International Airport, then Port Director of Alexandria, Virginia, supervising the Customs facility at Andrews AFB for the last twenty years before his retirement in 2004.