The Greatest Beer Run Ever by Chick Donohue

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Greatest Beer Run Ever:

I can’t improve on the title, so I won’t even try.

Quick synopsis:

Chick Donohue went to bring his friends beer….in Vietnam…during the Vietnam War.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

Yes, the synopsis is true. All of it.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

If you weren’t in the military, the ease and indifference which Chick gets around will seem outlandish. As someone who was in the military, I can assure you, it is not.

My Take on The Greatest Beer Run Ever:

Many terrible and epic ideas are birthed in New York City bars. This is one of them. I will not be chronicling mine in this review, thank God.

Chick Donohue was a kid from the block. He was in a bar full of patriotic patrons who were sick of the media and protesters ragging on the soldiers fighting the Vietnam War. The bartender thought someone should go over there and let the guys know they are appreciated. Also, someone should bring them beer. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to enter a warzone for no reason?

Chick Donohue stepped up to the plate. And before you think, “well I am sure he stuck to the coast and didn’t get into anything too dangerous,” allow me to be clear. He did not cut any corners. He went to Vietnam and he did his damndest to find the boys. By any measure, he was very successful.

It is part comedy and part tragedy. And it is all true. I am pretty sure anyway. Chick doesn’t make himself to be a hero and that’s usually a good sign.


A quick read which is both fun and informative. Go read it. Buy it here!

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