Viet Nam: Suicide of a Veteran

Jeffrey Charles Davis, 36, seemed inexorably drawn to the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Washington. A D.C. police officer for more than 15 years, Davis is said to have once called the memorial "the ugliest thing I ever saw." Yet he would often visit it after finishing his duty, to stare at the 148 black granite slabs inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans killed or missing in the Viet Nam War. A decorated veteran, Davis had served in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division when he was only 17 years old. On a bright cool morning last...

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