Nation: Bulletins from Bad Guy Land

Captain Joseph Kerr Bush Jr., 25, the Texan whose death in Laos officially did not occur in "a combat situation," saw much action nonetheless. When he arrived in the country in June 1968 as an "assistant military attache," he was posted to Muong Soui, a key town now in Communist hands. Bush's tour ended eight months later, when a force of 20 North Vietnamese commandos attacked his hilltop compound, a camp housing a group of Air Force radar specialists. The captain died fighting, and was awarded a posthumous Silver Star. Bush's wife Carol, who lives in Temple, Texas, with her...

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