The Nation: Combat 101

America's decade-long war in Viet Nam has provoked as much verbiage as any other chapter in the nation's history. But, oddly, it has yet to call forth much popular mythology, the films and fiction with which a society usually explains such episodes to itself.

To help remedy this defect, the faculty at Chicago's Columbia College, a small, obscure liberal arts school, will try to coax returning veterans to put their experience on paper. The college is offering a writing course called Psychology of War: the Combat Experience. Started by Instructor Larry Heinemann, 28, who commanded an armored personnel carrier in Viet Nam,...

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