Peg Mullen

In 1970, Peg Mullen's 25-year-old son Michael was killed by friendly fire when a U.S. artillery shell struck near the South Vietnamese village of Tu Chanh. His mother, brokenhearted, did what any other mother would--or should--do when her child is killed in an illegal and immoral war: she went on a search for the truth. Mullen, an Iowa homemaker who died on Oct. 2 at 92, spent more than two decades probing her son's death. In 1995 she published her findings in a book called Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, which painted a scathing portrait of a U.S. military that stonewalled...

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