Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir

Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir

by Peg Mullen, Albert E. Stone

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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 of grassroots activism. Now Peg Mullen shifts from symbol to reality as she tells her story in print for the first time.

Outspoken, fearless, and wickedly humorous, Peg Mullen had a duel mission in the years after Michael's death: to penetrate the lies and evasions behind the artillery misfire that killed her oldest son and to publicize the senseless horror of the Vietnam War. Unfriendly Fire draws on the many letters sent to the Mullens after Michael's death; in addition, Michael's own bitter, weary letters home are reprinted. In these the voices of parents, brothers, sisters, comrades, teachers, and Michael himself echo Peg Mullen's call for truth and peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587291616
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 03/01/1995
Series: Singular Lives
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 175
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword Stone Albert E.
Chapter One : October 16, 1989
Chapter Two : Michael
Chapter Three : Your Son Is Dead
Chapter Four : The Homecoming
Chapter Five : A Silent Message
Chapter Six : The Marines
Chapter Seven : WBZ
Chapter Eight : Private Ed Hall
Chapter Nine : I Go to See the President
Chapter Ten : The Draft
Chapter Eleven : Mothers and Veterans
Chapter Twelve : Friendly Fire
Chapter Thirteen : Gene
Chapter Fourteen : A New War
Epilogue : Michael's Letters Home

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