Texas: Hero's Welcome

When Army Sergeant Esequiel Torres came home to Brownsville, Texas, a hero's welcome awaited him. Torres, 22, is accused by the Army of murdering not less than three persons at My Lai and hanging a fourth in a separate incident. But people in Brownsville are very patriotic. He wore the uniform, fought in Viet Nam, and that was enough to know. Many were ready to defend the sergeant and contribute to his defense fund.

One day after arriving in town with his wife and daughter, Torres and a friend drove to a local tavern called the Linger Longer Lounge. He...

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