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Lewis Burwell Puller Jr.
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Lewis Puller, Jr.

On May 11, 1994, Lewis Puller, Jr. committed suicide, and by that act became another casualty of the Vietnam War. But in reality, Lewis was lost to the war many years before when; he lost both his legs; part of both hands; and most of his self-respect, in the conflict that divided two nations. Lewis was to spend most of his adult years mired in a bitterness that destroyed his every effort to reclaim his life. But how is a man to react who has lost his hopes, his dreams, his future, and half of his body to a war which his fellow countrymen later deemed a mistake? Vietnam destroyed many lives beyond the lives lost in action. Many of the grisly physical and traumatic emotional injuries sustained by the survivors were too large to be overcome in a single lifetime. Lewis' autobiography provides a voice for many...

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