Category Archives: WAR! What Is It Good For?

STOP THANKING THIS VETERAN FOR HIS SERVICE

PLEASE, Stop Thanking Me For Serving In The Military That son of a bitch, I’m gonna shoot him down. Who? That fuckin colonel up in that spotter chopper, he’s gonna get us killed. DON’T MAN…you’ll go to the stockade if … Continue reading

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These musicians kept our spirits up in Viet Nam

Good Morning Vietnam, Barry Levinson’s 1987 film featured Robin Williams as the deejay Adrian Cronauer during his deployment in the Republic of Viet Nam working for the American Forces Network (AFN/AFVN). AFVN was real, and at its peak served over … Continue reading

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April 8, 1969

April 8, 1969 He limps like a deuce-and-a-half truck’s flat tire rolling through the door at Buckeye Donuts. The counter woman coos her greeting, a mourning dove with powdered sugar lips, just moved up from Mingo County last week. “Just … Continue reading

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November 21, “In Country, 1968,” from NOVEMBER: A Poem in 30 Days

In Country, 1968 We figured he’d get hit, he wore his doom like a pair of fatigues. He was from near Cincinnati, worked at a gravel pit before getting drafted. Wasn’t with us long. Feck, Daniel Feck. It was another … Continue reading

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“There’s Quicksand in that Pond!”

Anzio veterans helmets and flags by a bronze statue on the square. Skinned knee brownies a Decoration Day confederacy crawls up Medina Street Methodist parade. Thunderbird bicycles convertible beer cans now three months in right field sunburns.  35 millimeter popcorn … Continue reading

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“I think they’re VC,” Tycer giggled. Laughing all the way to the rice paddies, and back.

Humor saved my life. Probably. This is me at age 20, after several months in the Mekong Delta of the country that was then known as the Republic of Viet Nam. I appear exhausted, sleep-deprived, demoralized. Appearances deceive, although it’s … Continue reading

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Terror Is Winning

TERROR is winning so far. I won’t comment on the merits of this Virginia school incident; one version is reported for us in the Washington Post. I wasn’t there so readers need to determine the veracity of the news outlets. … Continue reading

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