We Were Soldiers Too - Volume 1

Finalist for Book of the Year Military Autobiography in 2015 and Nominated for Best First Book of the Year in 2016


This is a personal account of military service and the historical events that were happening during President Reagan's time in office as the world faced the possibility of nuclear war. The author was in the US Army from November 1980 until March 1988 which coincided with President Reagan's time in office. He quickly went from a naive seventeen year old boy to a dedicated die hard soldier ready to sacrifice his life for his country.

An assignment that likely would have been at Ground Zero of a nuclear war.

On the verge of World War 3 and nuclear war, "We Were Soldiers Too" is about the difficult job of serving in the infantry during a very critical time of the Cold War.

Serving as the first line of defense for a Soviet invasion in Germany, he found himself assigned the responsibility of defending an area in the Fulda Gap with only one objective, to hold the advancing Soviets until reinforcements arrived.


Read what other veterans think of "We Were Soldiers Too"

"An excellent illustration of the lives and sacrifices of our Cold War enlisted service members. I recommend it to all. It brings back memories of those days and what we did during that era." Edward A. Chesky

"I highly recommend this for anyone to read, especially for anyone that has served this great Nation. I suspect that my fellow Cold War Veterans will be able to relate to a lot of what this author writes about." Tracy A Stephens

"An excellent book about those men who served during the Cold War. Excellent insight into how the Army prepared for a possible Soviet invasion. I highly recommend this book." Gary E. Earls

"I too am a Cold War Reagan Soldier and I Enjoyed this Book very much. I think Bob did a great job by putting in writing how we all feel. We were highly Trained and Ready to meet any Challenge and Subdue any Threat. We were part of the Strongest Army in the history of the United States. We were and Still are Soldiers. I am Proud to have served with such fine members of the Military." Curtis Nazelrod




This is a personal account of military service and the historical events that were happening during President Reagan's time in office as the world faced the possibility of nuclear war.
Bob is the author of the award-winning series We Were Soldiers Too. We Were Soldiers Too is a Cold War documentary series that tells the history of the Cold War from the perspective of the veterans who served during this critical time in history.

From the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 until Desert Storm in 1990, tens of thousands of young men and women heeded their country's call to serve their country. Aside from the attack on the Marine Barracks in Beruit and the invasion of Grenada in 1983, for the men and women who served their country it was a peaceful time. However, this was still at the height of the Cold War where military exercises and readiness were par for the course whether you were stationed in Europe, a SAC base in the States, or on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic or the Pacific.Although many of these men and women would never see combat, they played an important role as a Cold War warrior that would ultimately see the end of the Cold War with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In Bob Kern's moving tribute to these Cold War warriors, he looks at his service during the Reagan years and what it was like to be in the military at this time. It's a good story that could be true for anyone who served during this time. I should know, I was also in the military at this time (1976-1980). Of course, if one was serving in Germany during this time, life was one exercise after another because the threat was very, very real. Kern does a superb job of articulating this threat and the need to be in a constant state of readiness.

Jeffrey Miller,
War Remains