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Snake's Daughter: The Roads In And Out Of War, Gail Hosking Gilberg Jan 1997

Snake's Daughter: The Roads In And Out Of War, Gail Hosking Gilberg

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Gail Hosking Gilberg's father was a hero, a valiant soldier decorated posthumously with the Medal of Honor, a man who served his country throughout his entire adult life. But Charles Hosking was a mystery to his daughter. He was killed in Vietnam a week after her seventeenth birthday. She buried the war, the protests, the medal, and her military upbringing along with her father, so much so that she felt cut off from herself. It took more than twenty years for her to recognize the stirrings of a father and a daughter not yet at peace.

Gilberg began a ...


Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen Jan 1995

Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1968 Michael Mullen, a graduate student in biochemistry, was drafted; in 1969 he was sent to Vietnam as a foot soldier in Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf's Charlie Company; and in 1970 he was killed by the same “friendly fire” that destroyed thousands of other lives during the Vietnam War.

Back home on the family farm in Iowa, his parents made his death a crusade to awaken all parents to the insanity of war. C. D. B. Bryan's Friendly Fire and the TV movie of the same name documented these dramatic years, and Peg Mullen became a national symbol ...