Vietnam Combat Veteran
Sarge did three tours of duty in Vietnam, 1966-'67-'68. His first tour was eleven months in the jungle/hospital with the 101st Airborne Paratroopers as a combat infantryman. During that time he advanced to Squad Leader. Sarge came down with malaria three times, jungle-rot, immersion-foot, two varieties of internal parasites, a shrapnel wound in his leg, exposure to Agent Orange, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which Sarge says is the "Vietnam Blues". Sarge received the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star and 1 Silver Service Star (to represent three tours of duty), Parachute Jump Wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a Valorous Unit Emblem, a Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross With Palm Unit Citation Badge, and five Over-Seas Bars.
Sarge Lintecum is a leading slam poet (performance art poet) in Arizona, and slam master, having hosted The Mary McCann Poetry Slam for over three years. He has been an organizer and national competing member of the Phoenix Slam Poetry Team from 1992, when he competed that year in Boston, to 1996. At the 1994 Annual National Slam Poetry Competition in Asheville, North Carolina Sarge won the Slam Haiku competition making him the 1994 National Slam Haiku Champion of the USA, and inspiring him to write his 160 page book, (1 Haiku per page) "Sarge's Little Book of Haiku". This book was Sarge's second book of poetry, preceded by "The Vietnam Blues and Other Really Radical Writings." (50 pages) Sarge's third book, "Vietnam Vet Will Work For Food" (30 pages) will touch your heart.
Sarge's blues music, spoken word, and jazz recording, "Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues . . . For Peace", (on CD, cassette and DVD), on which Sarge sings, plays harmonica, and wrote the songs and poems has received five Honorable Mention Certificates in Billboard Magazine's National Song Contest. Plus, his new recording, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Blues" features Sarge and Lee Oskar on harmonicas, Kenny Skaggs (of Glenn Campbell Band fame) and Barrelhouse Chuck on piano.
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