VETERANS: Father & Son

After the first shock of his marine son's death on Corregidor in the spring of 1942, Joseph Fain of Independence, Mo. reacted just like thousands of other fathers—he kept a stiff upper lip, comforted his wife and went on about his business as if nothing had happened. Fain prospered: he had been a policeman, then a member of an Independence Municipal Light Department line crew; after his son's death, he started his own electrical shop and did well.

Through those nine years, Fain had a gnawing desire to hear more about the last days of his son, who had been...

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