G.D. Lorentzen was born in Casper WY and spent his early childhood on and off the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. He attended high school in Olympia WA and served in the U.S. Army Security Agency as a Russian Linguist and High-Speed Morse Intercept Operator from 1968-72. He served in Vietnam from April 1969 to January 1971. He graduated in the first graduating class of The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA in 1975 with an emphasis in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Psychology. He completed a major in American History and Education, receiving a K-12 teacher's certification in 1978 from the University of Washington. He began studying German in 1980, completed a major from Portland State University in 1986 and a Master's in German with an emphasis in medieval languages and linguistics in 1989. He currently resides with his partner of thirteen years in Portland OR.
G.D. Lorentzen wrote Vietnam Stories in order to portray an authentic picture of young gay soldiers in Vietnam. Although the circumstances, time and setting of the stories are real, the characters in the stories are fictional. The stories are purposefully somewhat naive as an emblematic expression of the innocence and naivety of the teenage boys who served in Vietnam. There is at this point in time a void in the literature about the gay experience in the military, especially in war time. As we still face the absurdity of Don't Ask Don't Tell as an official policy in the military in 2009, these stories may help understand how gay and straight interact in the 'trenches' and that unit cohesion has nothing whatsoever to do with the sexuality of the soldiers performing a common mission. The quality and intelligence of the leadership and the adherence to the Military Code of Conduct were the essentials in maintaining unit cohesion. Neither race nor sexuality, when properly handled, disturbed the functioning or cohesion of any unit. This book is hopefully a start in developing a canon of gay military literature and a call to other gay veterans to put their stories to print.