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I submitted this one to EDF, but even if they accept the story it won't appear for a month or two. I figure this is a good day to post it here. JRH I never wanted to visit the Wall. For many years Vietnam veterans had only each other; as a memorial the Wall seemed too little, too late. Besides, there were too many names -- too many memories. I often dream of one night in August, 1968. All was black. I rubbed sweat from my eyes. Under the wavering light of a parachute flare squat bunkers and tangles of concertina wire emerged. I smelled blood, hot weapons, burned powder. My b
I started thinking about this a couple days ago and did a lot of mental composing. Finally, I had to sit down and write it down as you see it here. Consider this an advanced draft. I'll surely work on it some more. Missing They say the '91 War in Iraq wiped out the stain of Vietnam. What stain was that? Was it due to the actions of a combat medic who never fired a shot in a year of treating wounded -- ours, theirs, and civilian? Or was it in the nightmares of the rifleman who could not shake the visions of dead villagers slaughtered by NVA 'freedom fighters'.