Nation: War Casualty

Verdict for a troubled vet

"The gooks are everywhere, the gooks are here! Kill them! Kill them!" With this terrible bellow, Viet Nam Veteran John R. Coughlin, 33, began firing his sawed-off shotgun at the Quincy, Mass., police station from the veterans' section of the town cemetery only 100 feet away. Police quickly ringed the thrice-decorated ex-Marine at a safe distance, but, recognizing they were dealing with a crazed man, held their fire. Imaginatively, the police shouted back and forth with their own improvised military jargon: "A Company is located over there. B Company has been pulled back. C Company...

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