This is What Hell Looks Like: Life as a Bomb Disposal Specialist During the Vietnam War

Author(s): Stuart Steinberg 

ISBN: 9781625450654
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The story of one man’s survival as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist during the Vietnam War.
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  • The real story of the nerve gas disaster at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, on 13 March 1968

  • The battle at Fire Support Base Rifle on 11 February 1970, a story that deserves telling for the men who died there and those who repelled a vicious attack while vastly outnumbered

  • Gripping stories such as when the author disarmed a booby-trapped artillery round as an enemy soldier tries to detonate it as infantry and artillery tries to land

  • Graphic, gruesome and brutally honest, this is more haunting and powerful than Platoon, Hamburger Hill and Full Metal Jacket

From 1967 to 1971, Stuart Steinberg served in the U.S. Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist.

In January 1968, he was sent to Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah where he stockpiled chemical and biological warfare weapons. On 13 March 1968, he was involved in helping clean-up the worst nerve gas disaster in the country’s history. As a result, Steinberg volunteered for Vietnam, where he served from 4 September 1968 until 24 March 1970.

This is the story of the hell that his teammates and he went through during those twenty-seven months. During his time in Vietnam, he was blown-up, almost blown-up and involved in dozens of incidents with his teammates where their lives were in extreme jeopardy.

Because of his service in Vietnam, he had to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the residuals of his injuries from being wounded twice, and addiction to prescription painkillers.

Telling his story has helped in Steinberg’s recovery and he hopes that those of his fellow veterans who read this will find their own peace in coming to grips with the experiences that each of them faced during their own time in Hell.

BOOK ISBN 9781625450654
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 240 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 37 colour photographs



Stuart Steinberg served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist in the US Army from 1967 to 1971. He has a law degree, an advanced law degree and taught at the Georgetown University Law Center. He retired in 2004 after 23 years as a public defender and capital defense investigator. Since 2004, he has served as a volunteer service officer for Vietnam Veterans of America, assisting veterans with claims for benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is on the board of directors of the National EOD Association and the National Veterans Rights Association.