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The Living and the Dead
For the vets unable to sleep:
The Washington Post has two heart-breaking pieces today
on a new book about Vietnam, "The Living and the Dead:
Robert McNamara and Five Lives," by Paul Hendrickson.
The book tracks the disaster being formulated in 1965 by
DC top-down policy interleaved with savagery to five
grunts in bloody battle.
There's a laudatory review of the grim book, and a long
magazine piece gives an excerpt which includes some of
Life's photos of a Marine copter gunner's transition from
happy-go-lucky, to butchery of buddies, to grief-stricken
collapse. It reawakens what's never forgot.
That April, 1965, Life photo-essay, "One Ride With Yankee
Papa 13," turned up in a sidewalk stall today so we'll
put 18 photos on our Web page for a glimpse back to the
future of power-mad policy begetting slaughter.