What are people saying?
A GREAT book and a wonderful story. I liked it so much I shared my book with my father who also enjoyed it very much. I never would have believed you would have been such a rascal. Well done.
Dr. Angela Scott, Kingsland Ga.
My father served on the USS Cambria with Rich Herman and shared many of these stories. I know my dad would love this book and if you want an interesting and entertaining read you should definitely read this story. Thank you Rich for writing this.
Kelly Harper Romano, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
If you are looking for a good book to read - here you go! An incredible writer of a story that is anything but the ordinary. You get to see his life unfold after receiving his draft notice and I still can't believe so much of this really happened. Truly a treat!!!
Hannah Lee, Yulee, Florida
"Amazing Book! I couldn't put it down. It has brought back so many wonderful memories of my own service in the Navy. Your work is truly beautiful and I thank you for sharing. When is the next one? I want more!!"
Keith Post, Retired Navy, Executive Director,
St. Mary's Submarine Museum, St. Mary's Georgia
As I read this book I feel as though I am in a room with you and I can hear your voice telling me your story. I definitely look forward to hearing more.
Jennifer Helgeson, DoD Recruitment Coordinator,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Phoenix Arizona
“I was a 1st Lieutenant embarked on USS Cambria in 1964 and served as Executive Officer of a howitzer battery. Following this cruise I served in Vietnam with these men. You did an exceptional job with your book "The Unopened Letter". Your book brought back many memories of this time of my life and I am impressed with your writing acumen. Thank you for your service Commander."
Peter Scharf, Lt.Col (USMC-Ret)
“ I was blown away by the intensity of the story… one of the most unique memoirs I had ever read… the most entertaining as well. The narrative was magical…a brilliant and moving story that had me hooked until the end.”
Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorites - five stars
"I absolutely loved this book. A remarkable story, fun to read and full of information. I don't consider myself much of a reader and now I find myself anxiously awaiting the next one."
Donald Wilder, Fernandina Beach, Florida
“… After a difficult home life that manifested in difficulties at school, Rich Herman receives a letter that he knew was coming following his dropping out of college. The Vietnam Draft Notice remained in its envelope and Herman made the decision to enlist in the Navy, allowing him the opportunity to serve in a manner he felt more suited to…Herman offers an interesting and different vantage point of the Vietnam era in The Unopened Letter. ....
Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite—Five Stars
“…The year was 1965 during the Vietnam War Era. Rather than serve his time in the Army, he enlisted in the Navy for a four-year stint. The Unopened Letter is about the experiences that RW Herman went through as a young man who made a commitment to the United States Military at the age of nineteen… Readers will relish this first-rate story about a young man who was at a crossroads in his life….The Unopened Letter is written in the style of a fiction novel that includes letters written by Herman to his parents throughout the time that he spent in the Navy. ....... The Unopened Letter is an exceptional story of a young man’s military journey from enlistment to honorable discharge.”
Dianne Woodman for Bestsellers World
“R.W. Herman brings the Vietnam-era Navy to your doorstep. As a fellow mustang officer, I can say this book is a must-read for all history lovers. Buy two, then give one to a veteran.”
J.R. Sharp, CDR - Ret, award-winning author of Feeding the Enemy series
"What a Great Book. Thank you for putting this part of your life into written words that I can share with my girls."
Christopher Herman, Retired U.S. Navy, Aiea, Hawaii
"Great read. You got into more trouble than I ever imagined. I truly enjoyed it and thank you for the opportunity to preview your work."
Jeff Williams, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Orlando, Florida
"Great Book!!! No doubt this four year period of his life prepared Rich Herman to be the man and great leader he became and is today. I am recommending it to all my friends and look forward to your next one."
Doctor Thomas C. Whitesell, Jr. St. Mary's, Georgia
“….The Unopened Letter by R.W. Herman not only deserves a rightful place in the annals of epistolary fiction but in the archives of the Center for American War Letters. As one of the 27 million young men who chose to answer the call of duty, Herman’s epistolary account is an invaluable record of the service and dedication of a young American, who, at a crucial turning point in his life, has made a difference in his own humble way. Herman’s accomplishment is not about depicting the horrors of war, but to make the men of his generation and this present generation understand that the war that did not meet expectations is never lost in vain. It allowed young men like him to grow wiser from the experience. A precious insight into a wartime account, this book is a must-read for anyone who has served this free country."
Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite-- Five Stars
I truly enjoyed your manuscript, "A Super Read".
Al Konetzni, Vice Admiral (USN-Ret.), Woodbine, Georgia
“A simple letter catapults Herman into a life-defining adventure for which he was unprepared. How he deals with his predicament will capture your soul ...positively engaging, as only a few written works are capable. Herman’s story is heartwarming, at times humorous, exciting, chilling …”
Emmett Henderson, Lieutenant Commander (Ret). - five stars