An Accidental (PSY) Warrior: One soldier’s recollections of the US psychological warfare efforts during the Vietnam War by Albert Viator
Publication Date: Available online at Amazon Date: 4/30 21
Following an honorable discharge from the army, author Albert Viator studied TV and film production and went on to have a successful career as a freelance videographer and producer. However, his time in Vietnam never left him. In his new memoir, An Accidental (PSY) Warrior, Viator recounts his yearlong tour of duty in Vietnam between 1968 and 1969. Trained as an Army broadcaster, Viator was soon diverted into psychological operations (PSYOPS). “ I spent my time broadcasting propaganda from a backpack speaker and dropping leaflets from helicopters in support of infantry operations,” Viator says.
Viator seeks to offer a new perspective of the Vietnam War and writes candidly about his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’ve tried to write in a way that engages the reader, as I hope to convey what the typical American kid like myself went through during the war, which I’d imagine will resonate with other vets,” he says. Viator mixes humor, irony, and, at times, anger to express the range of emotions he and his fellow soldiers felt in the jungle of Vietnam. Viator says, “I want to highlight my appreciation for my fellow soldiers by detailing our shared experience.” An Accidental (PSY) Warrior is available for purchase online at Amazon.com.
About the Author
Albert Viator is a filmmaker and producer. His first film was made with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Sites Program. He has traveled the globe filming and producing programming for PBS, The National Geographic Channel, CNN, and most of the national broadcast and cable networks.