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Into the Fire

Veteran of Iwo Jima recalls the horror of that infamous battle. This is the first story in a four-part series for Veterans Day 2012. Read his…

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“I’m glad I could help them.”

Korean War veteran recounts his experiences in a bloody conflict that killed millions. This is the second story in a four-part series for Veterans Day 2012.…

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Shot Down Over Germany

World War II bombardier recalls his ordeal as a POW of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. This is the third story in a four-part series for Veterans…

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“I am the lucky one.”

Vietnam War veteran recalls the eerie and deadly Rung Sat Special Zone. This is the final story in a four-part series for Veterans Day 2012. Read…

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A Little Brother Remembers

Those halcyon days before a plan crash over New York City killed my older brother. Read my story in the New York Times. 

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The Boy Who Fell From the Sky

The bittersweet memory of catching a trout in the Ozarks before tragedy strikes. This is the second essay in a trilogy on remembering my older brother.…

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The Last Hunt

The first and, sadly, last time this springer spaniel and his friends would take to the fields. Read the story.

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A Time to Remember

Former U.S. Marine recalls Beirut bombing on 30th anniversary of attack. Read his story.

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Heartfelt Emotions

Combat veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder find healing through art, music and poetry. Read their story.

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Seven Stars for Seven Brothers

This is a story of seven brothers who served in World War II–and the special flag made just for them. Read their story.

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