By Peter Maslowski
Extensive interviews with pals, fellow infantrymen, and relations demonstrate Hooper as a posh, proficient, and disturbed guy. additionally they divulge the issues in his most famed and valuable accomplishment: incomes the Medal of Honor. within the distortions, half-truths, and outright lies that mar Hooper's medal of honor dossier, authors Peter Maslowski and Don Winslow discover a painful mirrored image of the army's lack of ability to be sincere with itself and the yank public, with the entire dire effects that this dishonesty eventually entailed. within the inextricably associated tales of Hooper and the Vietnam conflict, the character of that deceit, and of America's defeat, turns into clear.
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If they received extended leave time they CHAPTER 2 traveled to Moses Lake where Roy began dating (and eventually married) Mavis Opp, Joe’s old girlfriend. Boot camp ended March 30, 1956. Having endured it together as inseparably as conjoined twins, Joe and Roy suddenly went their separate ways after Roy saw a bulletin board notice calling for tryouts for a naval football team on North Island. He made the team, and as a bonus also made the basketball team. “So basically all I did all the time in the service is play football and basketball over at North Island.
60 He had the chance, but when the opportunity came he evaded it. For a decade before World War II, Wayne survived in Hollywood by choking down a diet of bad scripts, but by 1941 he was approaching stardom. Then the war began and Wayne had a choice to make: should he serve his country or himself ? With little hesitation and few qualms, he chose the latter. Other actors put their careers on hold and donned uniforms while Wayne maneuvered to avoid either volunteering or being drafted. True, he was in his mid-thirties and had a wife and four young children, but other stars who were as old or older and had children readily volunteered.
But at other times he did not think the United States should be in Vietnam, and he worried that his two draft-age sons might be called upon to serve. “I don’t want them to try to be what I was. ” 65 All too well he knew what real war did to men, even heroes who survived. If John Wayne represented the ideological rigidity that sent Americans to Vietnam and kept them there beyond any useful purpose, Audie Murphy personiﬁed the mixed emotions that most Americans ultimately felt about the conﬂict.