Armed Forces: I Care

Joe Jacobs was a student of drama. At California's Stanford University, he majored in journalism, was also a football fan, a moviegoer, and had ambitions toward the theater. In October 1965, he enlisted in the Army; before he went to Viet Nam last September, he sent a form letter to 100 of his friends, telling where he was headed. After his twin brother, mother and father got home from a European vacation, Jacobs began a gargantuan literary task: he wrote some 300 letters to his family, more to his Stateside friends, telling what the war was like and what it...

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