Posted by Michael Putzel • May 25, 2015
“One of the things that Vietnam taught me, and the reporting I did subsequently after the war, was that wars don`t end. They come home, and it`s the women and the children who fight them.
There is a war to find beauty and meaning in life again. There is sometimes a war to learn how to pick up a fork, how to tie a shoe, how to reconnect with a world that sent you to do something you never really thought you were going to do. And the aftermath of war is something that is profound.
And I think — while, we didn’t recognize the soldiers enough after Vietnam, I think one of the outrages was we blamed the war on the people who fought and we in time learned to separate […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • May 18, 2015
It was bitter cold at Arlington National Cemetery on February 18, 2009, as mourners gathered in the warmth of a waiting room in the administration building before walking out into wet snow to join the funeral procession.
A middle-aged man whose features looked vaguely familiar approached me and spoke.
“You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are,” he said, “and I want to tell you that not everyone here is pleased with the way this service is being conducted.”
I was there, at the request of the family I knew, to eulogize a military officer I had written about as a remarkable and storied leader of an air cavalry troop in Vietnam thirty-eight years earlier. Twice nominated for the Medal of Honor, Army Major James T. Newman wore the […] READ MORE