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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

“War … it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents.” — Joseph Heller, “Catch-22” *** I’ve written elsewhere that I lost my innocence during the war in Viet Nam. Besides being a well-worn cliché, it’s … Continue reading

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Fallen Angels of Death – Part Two

May, 1970 The Company commander had dropped his map out of a helicopter while he was on a recon flight. My Platoon was sent to look for it. There were twenty-three of us and we were well spread out, as … Continue reading

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Fallen Angels of Death – Part One

January, 1970 An explosion jerked me back to the real world. I’d been sitting in the sun, smoking and daydreaming, when it happened. I grabbed my rifle, jumped up, and ran in the direction of the shouting and the drifting … Continue reading

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Accepting Survival

I was speaking with someone today – we’ll call her Laura – about writing as a cathartic and healing experience. Laura was afflicted with ovarian cancer. I volunteered for a war. She didn’t ask for her affliction, but I did … Continue reading

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