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October 6, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

A Jeep To Quang Tri

Fear lent wings to his feet. —Virgil      I have three memories of Quang Tri, Vietnam. One, it was the northernmost place I flew to in Vietnam, about six clicks from the North Vietnam border. Two, I was there less than ten minutes. Three, it scared the crap out of me.      The… Read More

October 2, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

Good Soldier

You have to call them sir   You have to call them sir   When they order you to drop And give them twenty   When they tell the men Not to be pussies   When they yell Hey, female!   You have to call them sir   When they put you on duty For… Read More

October 1, 2019

Veterans and the Arts

Robert Olen Butler Wants Nachos

Author of 18 books Pulitzer Prize-winner Guggenheim fellow Vietnam War veteran   tells the Air Force cadets that Buddhists have it figured out: We are all creatures of desire.   Last night at this time I stood next to him in line at Hap’s Lounge, so I feel qualified to say at least this much:… Read More

Veterans and the Arts

How Could You Do That?

  It’s a Christmas party. Everybody is pretty lubed up.   I just read your article, he says.   (Here we go.)   I probably shouldn’t, but I’m going to ask you a question: How could you do that?   Well, the story was about how I didn’t shoot women and children.   Yeah, yeah,… Read More

Veterans and the Arts


27 March 2007 “That Harper Lee,” Mack said, “is full of shit.” A group of green Army five-ton trucks–three functional vehicles perched around a fourth with its hood open–had disgorged the few dozen members of Second Platoon, Charlie Company, First Battalion, Thirty-Third Infantry Regiment into a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. The soldiers waited with varying… Read More

Veterans and the Arts

American Spirit

I was digging a pack of American Spirit out of my pocket when he came out onto the smoke deck. He was young and lean but his eyes looked as old as the sea. A nice surprise; I didn’t think I’d find my type underway. And cliché or not, every sailor has a soft spot… Read More


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