ABOUT the Author
Robert Goswitz was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, graduated from Milton College, and holds an MA in Education from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
He was drafted into the US Army in March of 1971 and served in Vietnam from September of 1971 to August of 1972 as a member of the 196th Brigade, the last American Army infantry unit in country. Goswitz was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for his service.
After the military, Robert was a special education teacher from 1974 until his retirement in 2007. During his career he worked with cognitively disabled, emotionally disturbed, and at-risk youth in the Wauwatosa and Waukesha School Districts.
Robert lives on the banks of the beautiful Bark River in Hartland Wisconsin with his lovely, patient, and semi-saintly wife of thirty-six years, Jody. He is the proud father of two: his son, Robert, a supervisor for Whole Foods in Minneapolis Minnesota, and daughter, Andrea, a high school art teacher in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
The Dragon Soldiers Good Fortune
An ancient king of Vietnam commanded his subjects to cover their arms and thighs with dragon tattoos. The accepted belief of the time was that the Dragon Spirit protected farmers against evil spirits in their rice paddies.
In 1971, Private Ed Lansky seeks protection from a different form of evil, Something to guide him through his year in country. Each time the war tries to kill him or burden him with guilt, the dragon appears, guarding and guiding him. A weight lifts from his soul as he discovers the power of the Dragon Spirit…
His Warrior Shield.
Although this is a work of fiction, much of what happens comes directly from Goswitz’s personal accounts, making it ever so real in the mind’s eye of the reader. Commendable writing of a turbulent time in American and Vietnam history.
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"If you follow a raven into the wilderness he will lead you to some place magical."
Whoever said the above quote captured something essential about me. The more primitive my surroundings, the more I feel touched by the light. A walk into the unknown can lead to some surprising encounters.
I've been married to my wonderful wife Jody for thirty-eight years. My beautiful daughter, Andrea, is pictured below with her new husband Karl, at their Valentine's Day wedding. I enjoy fly-fishing with our son Rob on the Bois Brule river in northern Wisconsin. And, finally our dog, Sun is an entertaining family member.