Sam Gaylord Recounts His Remarkable Journey Through Poverty and War to Finding Purpose in “Then I Came Home”


In his compelling memoir, Then I Came Home, published by PageTurner Press and Media, Sam Gaylord chronicles his remarkable journey of overcoming hardship, the trauma of war, and ultimately finding purpose after returning home as an injured veteran.

Gaylord’s story begins in his small Indiana hometown, where he deals with a difficult childhood marked by poverty. Seeking escape, he enlists in the Marines. However, trading one battle for another, he finds himself on the frontlines of the Vietnam War.

The author’s honest account details not only the horrors of war but also the profound sense of betrayal he feels toward the country he served. Then I Came Home is paints the picture of a raw and emotional exploration of a soldier’s struggle to reconcile his wartime experiences with the life he returns to.

Gaylord’s detailed narrative invites readers on a deeply personal journey, exploring themes of resilience, courage, and perseverance. It resonates with anyone who has dared to chase their dreams and overcome adversity.

Those seeking to understand the enduring impact of war may also enjoy this book as it sheds light on the sacrifices made by veterans and the complexities of readjusting to civilian life.

Readers like Jamie Michele, in a review on Readers’ Favorite, praise the book for its “moving representation of the enduring impact of war, both on the individual and the collective human experience.”

Jennie More, in a comment, adds that the “book is easy to read, and though it is his life story, he does it concisely, sharing only the most relevant experiences to complement the overarching goal of his memoir. I enjoyed reading this book; it was enlightening and inspirational.”

Overall, Then I Came Home is an engaging and worthwhile read. The author successfully delivers a story that is both inspiring and thought-provoking. His life is a testament to the enduring determination of the human spirit. To get started on this book, visit

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