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War Diary

Before leaving for Vietnam, I purchased in a Brooklyn stationery store a leather bound bookkeeper's journal that I intended to use as a diary. In Vietnam I carried it in one of the large trouser pockets of my jungle fatigues. The sturdy journal withstood twelve months of war and jungle. Today, it's tucked away in a bedroom drawer.  A large part of "Unlucky Moon" is based on my diary entries.

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A page of entries from the diary.

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In the back pages of the diary I listed, among other things, the names of men from my company who were wounded. One page has a stamp from the National Archives dated 1987. I was there doing research for the book.

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I also listed names of men killed in action. Not all, but most of them were from my platoon or company.

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