Major Ray Gleason, USA (ret.) “is a retired infantry major of the US Army. He has been awarded several commendations & decorations, including the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Bronze Star with V (Valor), & State of New York Humanitarian Service Medal. Gleason was also granted the State of Ohio Commendation Medal & Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Palm. He is currently a lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies in Chicago. Gleason received a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature & an MA in English Literature from Northwestern University. He also received a BA in English Lit. & European History from Hunter College in New York. He has taught literature and writing at Mundelein College, Lewis University and William Rainy Harper College. Gleason is on the Leadership and English faculties of the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana.” Major Ray Gleason is the author of A Grunt Speaks: A 'Devil's Dictionary' of Vietnam Infantry Tales and Terms.
According to the book description “What was it like to be a nineteen year old US Army infantryman in the highlands of Vietnam in the late 'sixties? Major Ray Gleason’s book, A Grunt Speaks: A 'Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Tales & Terms from Unlimited Publishing LLC, uses the terminology and concepts of the Vietnam-era infantry to explore the infantrymen’s attitudes toward their role in the war, the anti-war movement, their enemies and each other.
Gleason, a combat veteran, retired Infantry officer, college professor in literature, and ethics teacher brings a fresh, and at times humorously ironic, perspective on the experiences of young Americans in combat and their struggles to re-integrate themselves into a society that seemed at times hostile and embarrassed by what they represented.