Berry Law

Captain Berry (right) receiving his Bronze Star at II Field Force.

Before he founded Berry Law Firm, John Berry Sr. served three tours in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star.

During his service, John transferred from Infantry to the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and worked as chief defense counsel for Vietnam’s largest general court martial jurisdiction.

John’s role took him throughout Vietnam, protecting the rights of GIs. His journeys included successfully defending members of the 5th Special Forces against murder charges.

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Why I Write My Stories

I began writing of my experiences for veterans websites some time ago and have enjoyed the feedback I have received. When I hears of Operation Triumpus I decided to submit some of my stores. We'll see how that goes.

After I began sharing my stories on Facebook someone asked me, “Why are you writing these stories about the Vietnam War? Especially fifty years after the war was over. Are you writing a book or something”?

Well, I am writing my stories while my mind is still relatively sharp and my memories are intact. At age 83 I don’t know how long I will be able to continue to write. I have had 11 surgeries since retirement. The last one was really scary. It was brain surgery.

Yes, and I am writing these little stories for my two remaining children who have expressed interest in them. I missed the chance to share this part of my life with my oldest daughter, a Navy veteran, whom we lost eight years ago.

Also, I am writing for other Vietnam Veterans. Reading them might just help someone who still struggles emotionally with their own memories.

Or, it might just be that I am an old man and enjoy a walk down memory lane from time to time.

CAPTAIN Herman W. Hughes, PhD

US Navy, Retired