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MILITARY AMBASSADOR OF PEACE
Sarge draws on his combat experiences to break through all age
barriers with captivating poems about the Vietnam War, parachute jumps, and
homeless veterans. By sharing his Vietnam experiences Sarge is able
to show the students how to solve their own problems with non-violent
Sarge did three tours of duty in Vietnam, 1966-'67-'68. His first tour was eleven months in the jungle with the 101st Airborne Paratroopers as a combat infantryman. During that time he advanced to Squad Leader. Sarge came down with malaria three times, jungle-rot, immersion-foot, two varieties of internal parasites, a shrapnel wound in his leg, exposure to Agent Orange, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which Sarge says is the Vietnam Blues. Sarge received the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct medal, a three tour Vietnam Service Medal, Parachute Jump Wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a Valorous Unit Emblem, a Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross With Palm Unit Citation Badge, and five Over-seas Bars.
POET Sarge Lintecum is a leading slam poet (performance art poet) in Arizona, and slam master, having hosted The Mary McCann Poetry Slam for over three years and he has been an organizer and national competing member of the Phoenix Slam Poetry Team from 1992, when he competed that year in Boston, to 1996. At the 1994 Annual National Slam Poetry Competition in Asheville, North Carolina Sarge won the Slam Haiku competition making him the 1994 National Slam Haiku Champion of the USA, and inspiring him to write his 160 page book, Sarge's Little Book of Haiku. This book was Sarge's second book of poetry, preceded by The Vietnam Blues and Other Really Radical Writings. (50 pages) Sarge's third book, Vietnam Vet Will Work For Food (30 pages) will touch your heart.
SONGWRITER Sarge's blues music, spoken word, and jazz recording, Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues . . . For Peace, (on CD and cassette) on which Sarge sings, plays harmonica, and wrote the songs and poems has received five Honorable Mention Certificates in Billboard Magazine's National Song Contest.
MUSICIAN Sarge, a fine harmonica player, is friends with Lee Oskar, (of WAR fame), and owner of the Lee Oskar Harmonica Company, who has endorsed Sarge's Vietnam Blues recording, and has come to Phoenix, Arizona, on four occasions to do benefit concerts that Sarge and his wife and business partner, Leslie Lintecum conceived of and organized.
SINGER Sarge has a powerful voice and stage presence. He performs at concerts and veterans' events around the nation. Sarge's recording, Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues For Peace, is played around the world on short-wave radio on Doc Upton's Vietnam Veterans Radio Network on Radio For Peace International. Mr. & Mrs. Sarge Enterprises advertises Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues . . . For Peace, in Vietnam Magazine, and Command Magazine in the US and forty countries around the world.
TEACHER Sarge and Leslie have home taught their four children, (two now married) and Sarge teaches: poetry, Vietnam, haiku poetry, performance art poetry, and peace classes by personal appearances and by satellite feed to classrooms around the country provided by Educational Management Group of Scottsdale, Arizona, a division of Printice-Hall.
BENEFIT ORGANIZER Harmonicas Against Hunger for Saint Mary's Food Bank featuring Lee Oskar and Sarge took place at the Rhythm Room Blues Bar two years in a row (1992 & '93). Lee also did a benefit with Sarge and Leslie recently for the Vietnam Veterans of America Post #432, Phoenix Chapter. Sarge and Leslie do benefits for the CASS Homeless Shelter in Phoenix and many other charities with great need.
SPEAKER Sarge is much in demand as a speaker at schools, clubs, churches, and on radio, and TV. Audiences of all ages find Sarge captivating, thought provoking, and informative.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES Sarge is an entertainer, and that really shows when he hosts an event. Sarge has hosted hundreds of poetry events, a series of AIDS benefits, and all of the benefits and shows that he and Leslie produce.