The outcome of any armed conflict
holds not just the promise of peace but also dark, terrible revelations,
questions of justice over the vanquished, and, for far too many,
the confronting of personal loss. In these stories, of a concentration
camp liberator, an interrogator of war criminals, and a mother
dealing with her son's death in combat, we see how war's awful
actions reverberate for decades to come.
Pvt. Denton W. Crocker, Jr., eighteen years old, Fort Benning,
GA [September 1965]
more about Denton Winslow Crocker, Jr.
WINSLOW CROCKER, JR.
A top-notch student, a respectful son, and a loyal brother
to his young siblings, Denton
Crocker, Jr. was also a student
of history and obsessed with the war in Southeast Asia. In
the fall of 1964, this high school senior ran away from home
to try to enlist in the Army, knowing his parents preferred
he go to college before serving his country. He eventually
got his wish and became an infantryman in the jungles of
Vietnam. His mother's moving memoir of her son's life and
ultimate sacrifice attests to his idealism and sense of honor.
to other stories featured in Chapter Six
still believe that individual freedom is the most important
thing in the world and I am willing to die defending that
idea." (Memoir, page 17)
is what hell is like. In my mind I imagined the devil himself
coming up out of the ground."
Frank Dorris, Jr.'s story
enough, I had driven through Rheims the day that General
Jodl was signing the surrender documents, and I didn't even
Ernest Dolibois' story