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By John Douglas Marshall

In his prize-winning memoir, Reconciliation Road, John Marshall recounts a street journey round the US looking for the reality approximately his well-known grandfather normal S. L. A. (Slam) Marshall, writer of Pork Chop Hill. within the approach he involves phrases along with his personal previous and that of others whose households have been torn aside through the Vietnam warfare.

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He retired as a colonel. His son, Lucian IV, also graduated from West Point, but his disgust with Vietnam derailed his Army career soon after West Point; he broke with his family's military tradition by resigning his commission, a defiant act of anger and protest. Lucian IV, my contemporary, later went on to write popular novels about the Army, including Dress Gray which became a TV miniseries. The Marshalls are not the Truscotts-their military tradition runs far deeper and is truly illustrious.

Freedom. Travel. A career. A nice house in a special part of the country. I wanted just us - until our divorce. Two years later, I met Anne when we were both covering a weird story and we soon fell in love and it was such a consuming passion, all that I had longed to find but doubted I would ever share. I wanted to marry Anne and Anne wanted to marry me, but she was adamant on one point: She wanted to have children. Her first hus, band had said he wanted to have children, until after they were married, and she was not about to make the same mistake with me.

I think American Heritage got the wrong man; it was not good scholarship. A word like 'hoax' is a loaded word, one you use when you're trying to pin something on someone. American Heritage has gone from being a publication for historians to being a profit, making operation. I've been disappointed in the magazine for six or seven years. It went from a history magazine to an issues magazine. " "But I have a problem," I say. " Westover's smile evaporates, as I recount how back in April he had told me that "hell we did discuss such matters," which is what I had written in my newspaper series.

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