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June 06, 2014


Stacey, yes, they were so young! My Dad was 19, served as a medic on the aircraft carrier INTREPID (yes, the one that's a museum now in NYC harbor). He was below decks when a kamikaze hit, killed his best friend, the boy he'd gone through boot camp with. As a medic, he was first on the scene, held him in his arms as he died. The INTREPID saw a lot of action; another time he had to crawl across the deck under fire and stick his hand up the stump of a man's leg to clamp the artery; but like so many vets, he didn't talk about the war very often. One night, so many years later, maybe forty, I sat with him at the foot of my mother's hospital bed, after she'd had surgery to remove most of her stomach (think of THAT symbol, for the women who "stayed home"!). He said--typically self-involved--"I really believe if they'd kept me in an asylum for a couple of years after the war, I'd've had a chance."

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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