The Law: Spoils of War

Sergeant Donald Morrison is hardly the classic soldier of fortune. Drafted by the U.S. Army at 19 from his rural Georgia home, he served a year in Viet Nam in the infantry. He came home just about as poor as when he left. If Morrison has his way, though, the state of his finances may radically change.

Morrison was out on patrol in Binh Dinh province on July 31, 1968, when his flashlight happened to pick out a piece of metal in a niche on a cave wall. The glint was a U.S. ammunition box, and in it, tied in vines, were...

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