Ruben Quintero, PhD, a Soldier and a Scholar

“Had I been sprawled just a foot more to my left on the morning of March 7, 1970, while receiving hostile fire from somewhere within the canopied, high-land growth of Phuoc Long [Vietnam], my name would be black-marbled on … the Vietnam War Memorial, along with more than 58,000 other names.” This begins the account of Ruben Quintero, soldier turned scholar, of his service in Vietnam. Dr. Quintero’s harrowing and heroic account was published in the ‘Viet Nam War Generation Journal’ in April 2002. Dr. Quintero earned his BA at California State University Los Angeles and his PhD from Harvard University. He now teaches in the Department of English at his undergraduate alma mater in Los Angeles.