Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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Epilogue

"Remember, Mom, if something should happen to me please don't be too sad because at least I will have done my share of good in life. So be proud, not sorrowful." Although he was wounded in Vietnam, Hospital Corpsman Gary Panko survived his tour. Billy Stocks did not.

Mrs. Eleanor Wimbish, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, is the mother of William R. Stocks. She leaves letters to him—her dead son-under his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. For her, he will always be more than a name etched on a wall.

For Vieterans, and for others, like Mrs. Wimbish, the pain and anguish of the war linger on, scarring our souls, a stain on the national psyche. No memorial can fix this. "Maybe the war will end soon, "Na vy Lieutenant Richard Strandberg wrote to his wife Susan in 1968. "Wishful thinking? Yes. The Vietnam War will never end "

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Photograph by Bernard Edelman © Bernard Edelman

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  • Preface *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Introduction *
  • Dear America *
  • 1 - "Cherries"- First Impressions *
  • 2 - "Humping the Boonies" *
  • 3 - Beyond the Body Count *
  • 4 - Base Camp- War at the Rear *
  • 5 - "World of Hurt" *
  • 6 - What Am I Doing Here? *
  • 7 - "We Gotta Get out of This Place" *
  • 8 - Last Letters *
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