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THE DALLES Mayor Steve Lawrence, above, displays the journal that he used during a 1968-69 deployment to Vietnam to chronicle important events that took place on the battlefield, including the deaths of two officers who had trained with him, one of whom was the best man at his first wedding. Below is the hat with the Army 1st Cavalry Airborne Division, the unit that he fought to join, with the journal and a copy of his new book “First Light,” a novel about his experiences.

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THE DALLES Mayor Steve Lawrence, above, displays the journal that he used during a 1968-69 deployment to Vietnam to chronicle important events that took place on the battlefield, including the deaths of two officers who had trained with him, one of whom was the best man at his first wedding. Below is the hat with the Army 1st Cavalry Airborne Division, the unit that he fought to join, with the journal and a copy of his new book “First Light,” a novel about his experiences.



Read the Book

A book signing for “First Light,” written by The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be Saturday, Dec. 6, at Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers, 315 E. Second Street.

The novel about a soldier’s deployment to Vietnam in 1968 is also available on Amazon, and Nook by Barnes and Noble under the name S. Elliott Lawrence.

When Army Second Lieutenant Kenneth McKenzie stood watch in the jungles of Vietnam, he learned to dread the interval between night and dawn...

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