Monthly Archives: September 2011

14 pounds of dwarf

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by fellow veteran Tom Glenn for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Glenn’s review of Red Flags is here. What prompted you to write Red Flags now, more than forty years after … Read the rest of this entry

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What is the sound of one leg walking?

The publication date for Red Flags arrives: September 20th. So does an email from Charli, Jeff Barber’s wife. Jeff is dead. He’s in the dedication, along with the other guys who had made it home. Most of him, anyway. Jeff, … Read the rest of this entry

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Dinky Dau: A World of Crazy

My favorite psychiatrist practices in a town called Normal. In 1969-70, Captain Douglas Bey was with the 1st Infantry Division, one of only six psychiatrists assigned to combat units in Vietnam. His radio call sign became the title of his … Read the rest of this entry

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Who Are The Cowboys?

General Westmoreland gets Montagnard bracelet as part of tribal initiation at Mai Linh, camp A-226, 1966. Photo:  Ed Sprague Some higher-up had decided that movies maintained morale. So every large military installation, base camp and tiny outpost in Vietnam was … Read the rest of this entry

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