Goodbye for Now: Memoirs from an American Soldier in Vietnam

Goodbye for Now: Memoirs from an American Soldier in Vietnam



About the Story

“My orders came down today to leave Vietnam but I’m being extended cause my MOS is mission essential. I wanted out badly and it was a real disappointment being extended … The situation looks very grim for us.”

This is a memoir from a young man’s year within a warzone, wrapped inside his daughter’s cathartic process of finding her father again after his death through letters written over 50 years ago. A story for veterans, historians, and letter-enthusiasts alike, each reader will find a point of connection within these pages.

Goodbye for Now is composed of handwritten, transcribed letters sent home by a 19-year-old soldier and helicopter radio repairman, addressed to his family members living on the West Coast. These letters speak of the alternating extremes between terror and boredom, the perils of living and working within a war zone, and the deep fears and desires of a young man barely out of high school stationed far from home.


About the Author

Lisa Quiroga grew up in Sonoma County, California, and lives in Beaverton with her husband, their two daughters, and a 7-year-old German Shepard named Buddy.


More can be found about the author and her first book by visiting her page, Facebook/Goodbye for Now. Her book can be found online on, and she may be reached for comment at