THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Lionheads Revisited

The Presidency

Private First Class Paul Compella's parents still live in Torrington, Conn., and when they go past the school gym named for their son who was killed in Kien Hoa province, Viet Nam, March 14, 1968, they are burdened each time with a prideful sorrow. Paul's bronze star was melted into the plaque underneath the press box. The parents think about the world. "This is not Viet Nam," says Carmine Compella. "You see the hardware the Russians put into Afghanistan? They are after that oil. We'd have a reason if we fought this war."


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