The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corps is a historical fiction book in the My Name Is America series. The book was written by Ellen Emerson White, who also wrote the book's companion diary, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? in Dear America. It was first published in June 2002 and republished as Into No Man's Land in June 2012.
- "In honor of all the men and women who served in Vietnam."
- "January 20, 1968
We're going to move out while it's still dark, try to get a jump on them. Everybody's packing as much ammo as they can carry. Most of us even have LAWs—light anti-tank assault weapons. The terrain's too rough for tanks, but we can use the LAWs to take out bunkers. If we need them. Grenades, bandoliers filled with magazines for our M-16s..., extra belts of M-60 ammo for the machine guns, bayonets, Kabar knives.... But, it doesn't even feel like Boys with Toys this time—it feels like Men with Weapons. Nervous men, but men. If they want to take us on, we'll be ready. I hope. Last night I wrote letters to everyone in my family, just in case."
- ""For the first time, I think I really understand that I'm in a war. A bad war."
Determined to do his duty for his country, Patrick Seamus Flaherty joins the Marines right after graduation to fight in the Vietnam War. But Southeast Asia is a far cry from Patrick's hometown of Boston, and as soon as he arrives, he realizes that he's made a terrible mistake. Confronted with oppressive heat, dense jungles, and an enemy that's everywhere, Patrick is overwhelmed by life on the battlefield. With the help of his comrades, Patrick slowly starts to find a way to deal with the harsh realities he faces. But under constant assault by the North Vietnamese, Patrick isn't sure he'll ever make it home again, and as the months drag on, he and his unit question whether they're actually making a difference. Writing in the journal his father gave him before shipping out, Patrick brings Khe Sanh to vivid life through the smells, tastes, sounds, horrors, loneliness, and the friendships that are so much of the chaos called war."
- Main article: List of Into No Man's Land characters
- Main article: Ellen Emerson White
Ellen Emerson White is a children's and young adult fiction writer. She is well known for her The President's Daughter series. White is also the author of Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and Voyage on the Great Titanic in Dear America, and Kaiulani: The People's Princess in The Royal Diaries.