The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War

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John "Chickie"


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THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER is the amazing story of one man's mission in 1967 to bring a little bit of support to some of the soldiers fighting thousands of miles from home. One night in New York, Chickie and some friends were having drinks together in a New York City bar and reminiscing over friends they had lost to the battle in Vietnam, when one of the group had a crazy idea: what if someone snuck into Vietnam, found their friends, and gave them a beer and well-wishes from home? Donohue, uniquely qualified as a US Marine veteran and current Merchant Marine, agreed to make the beer run.

The next day, Chickie was en route to Vietnam on a cargo ship, carrying a backpack full of brews. Arriving at Qui Nho’n, Chickie set out on an improbable adventure, filled with close calls and dangerous situations, all to bring some cheer to his pals and show them how much the folks back home appreciated them.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed on the end page by John "Chickie" Donohue at his home. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing. The jackets on these books show dings after Chickie signed and sent them to us. We have put them in covers to almost hide these slight imperfections.Published in October, 2020 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

JOHN "CHICKIE" DONOHUE (pictured below from our Wall of Fame) joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen, then became a Merchant Mariner after his discharge. After the war, he became a Sandhog, or tunnel builder, and eventually became the legislative and political director of Sandhogs, Local 147, Laborers International Union of North America, and graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Thank you John "Chickie" Donohue for your service and thank you for signing our books.

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