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Larry Kipp 5230337491098


1960s & '70s

Larry Kipp

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This is a memoir of my experience with the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970 as a medic serving in both hospitals and on medevac helicopters with the call sign DUSTOFF.



Short Summary

I begin as a teenager who has never had anyone depend on him, nor had anyone believe in him. I am rudely awakened by basic training followed by theoretical medical training, then sent to a war 12,000 miles away to save lives.


Delaware, Ft. Bragg North Carolina, Vietnam, Borneo, Bangkok,Seattle.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Larry Kipp, or "doc" to the GIs.

Age: 19-22

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Faithful,Honorable,Naive,Modest,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: My patients and civilians I meet along the way

Age: Mostly teenagers and early 20's.

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Heroic,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

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Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Larry Kipp was a medic in Vietnam for 27 months. He spent 15 of those months as a Dustoff Medic on a helicopter pulling wounded from the field of battle. After he earned a PhD in Biology and did teaching and research at several universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. He served as the senior editor of a peer-reviewed scientific journal and, became a husband and father as well.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

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Larry Kipp is a war veteran's memoir about his life before and after he got sent to Vietnam for 27 months to serve as a medic. He describes in detail his carefree life as a young man discovering adulthood and the dark turn it took when he was sent to war, including sad war scenes and encounters with nature and people in Vietnam. The narrative finishes when he gets back to the USA and a hippie that seemed friendly at first tells him how he wishes he had died in battle.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Book profile reflects book accurately.

Draw of Story

The contrast between Larry's careless life as a young man and what he faced in Vietnam is able to make audience relate to him and get drawn into the narrative.

Possible Drawbacks

As the war narrative unfolds, there is a specific military jargon that may turn the story difficult to understand for the majority of audience who is not familiar with such terms.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

This movie would certainly attract the audience because it shows Larry as a pacific regular guy who led a normal life and suddenly faced situations he couldn't have imagined before. The opening scene, when Larry got unfairly punished in school, is very representative of how he felt when coming back to the USA from Vietnam.

Fanbase Potential

It could have a large fanbase if adapted because protagonist is relatable.

Awards Potential

It could have awards potential if adapted because it is a war narrative and would require great work from all departments involved to stand out.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The original thing about this story is that it combines both a specificity in details about Vietnam war - including environment and equipment - but also brings along a relatable and very human protagonist.

Lead Characters

Larry is a regular guy with low self-esteem and unsure about his future. As he is leading his life as a free young man, there is a sudden change when he goes to Vietnam and Larry is an honest narrator about those two worlds, unafraid to show his feelings and mistakes along the way.

Uniqueness of Story

Even though this is a memoir, book could be improved in terms of character arc and more insight into his emotions during war.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



Consider this story because it needs improvement to become a narrative suitable for a movie, however protagonist is relatable, honest and humble.