And Sudden Death

The Navy casualty list, published this week, showed that 2,317 Americans had been killed, wounded or missing from April 16 to May 10. To most of the U.S. the curt, dry list of names brought no shock. The war was still far away, bloodless, unreal, fought abroad by unknown men.

But the lists were growing. As the totals mounted, more & more people came closer to the war. The men who were dying were husbands, sons, fathers—the boy who used to work at the corner grocery, the young lawyer who took down his...

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