I am a writer of literary fiction, primarily novels and short stories, but I dabble with poetry, too. Most of my work is described and available on my website TRizzuti.com. I served a tour in Vietnam as a “grunt” from October 1966 to November 1967 assigned to Golf Company of the 26th Marine Regiment. I was wounded in May 1967, got out of the Marine Corps in December 1969, and immediately went back to OU where I graduated with an English Literature degree in 1977. After that, I completed two years of graduate-level literature studies, then went to work at OU until 1996.
I’m a life member of The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Disabled American Veterans, and The Khe Sanh Veterans Association. I have several military awards including: the Purple Heart; a Combat Action Ribbon; a Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon; a Vietnam Campaign Medal; a Vietnam Service Medal; two Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citations (the Gallantry Cross Medal and the Civic Actions Medal); a Good Conduct Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal.
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