AMERICAN NOTES: An Absence of Bitterness

There were some extraordinary grace notes in the U.S. newspapers last week—remarks that might have been greeted as bathetic, fatuous or corny had they not been spoken in such moving circumstances.

In Marshalltown, Iowa, 800 people gathered for a memorial service honoring Marine Lance Corporal Darwin Judge. He was one of the last four Americans killed during the final evacuation of Viet Nam. His parents had the added pain of knowing that in the confusion, Darwin's body had been left behind in Saigon. But Postman Henry Judge displayed no rancor. Said he: "We've always stood up for the Lord, our...

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