Remembering John on Father’s Day, 2012

John Arnold, author of Peacemaking Under Fire, died quietly at home from prostate cancer at the end of March 2012. His death has been grieved by many, especially his family and those who knew him as a leader and innovator in developing charity resources to end hunger in the United States.

His immediate family will be remembering him this Father’s Day by gathering together near White Cloud, Michigan, to scatter his ashes on family property. All Peacemaking Under Fire readers are welcome to visit John’s memorial web page to read his obituary, learn more about John’s work after his years in Vietnam, and to join in the celebration of his life:

Peacemaking Under Fire Reviewed

We are pleased to announce that The Veteran, the newspaper of Vietnam Veterans Against the War has published not one, but two, reviews of Peacemaking Under Fire!

We don’t want to stop you from visiting their site, so we’ll limit ourselves to quoting just one key passage here, from Gerald R. Gioglio’s review:

These days, VVAW Contacts frequently get requests from high school and college students seeking interviews and for information about the war and GI resistance. Some of us who respond to these requests ponder the best approach to help these students. Do we agree to the interview or send them packing to the library to do the research? I submit that Peacemaking Under Fire provides us with a third way. Like, “Dear X, we got your request for an interview. Go read John Arnold’s book, get shocked, awed and inspired to learn more, and then yeah, call us.”

The bottom line is this. The book is worthy of your shelf. Hopefully, it will soon be an eBook. With luck, some publisher will latch on to it, address some of the loose ends and give it a greater distribution. Meanwhile, let me recommend it to vets, GIs, anybody thinking about enlisting and/or those currently being harassed by recruiters, and anybody else wanting a fresh take on military training or the national nightmare known as the Vietnam War.

A special note for publishers regarding the above: We’re game if you are. If you’d like to talk, drop us a line!

For the rest of you, here are links to the reviews on VVAW’s website:

Peacemaking Under Fire: A Vietnam War Memoir – Aaron Davis (reviewer)
Peacemaking Under Fire – Another Look by Gerald R. Gioglio (reviewer)

Vietnam Snapshots

Pictures taken during the author’s tour of duty, 1969-1970.

Want an autographed copy?

John won’t be doing a book tour, but if you’d like an autographed copy of Peacemaking Under Fire, we’ve got a solution for you! E-mail your address (and who you want the book signed for) to and we’ll send you an autographed book plate (a special kind of sticker to go on the inside cover of your book). This is a limited time offer, so act now!

Peacemaking Under Fire Released

After eighteen months and many many drafts, we are pleased to announce that Peacemaking Under Fire is now finished and available for sale at Create Space and on! Next up on our agenda is an ebook version, so if you’re a fan of reading on your computer, Kindle, Nook, or iPad, stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you’ve read Peacemaking Under Fire and would like to share your thoughts or own experiences, please feel free to leave a comment on this post, or send us an e-mail at Because of John’s health situation* we can’t promise that he will have the energy to respond to everyone personally, but he’ll do his best!

*In December John went into hospice home care for Stage IV Agent Orange-induced prostate cancer.