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Doug Rawlings

Doug Rawlings

Doug Rawlings retired six years ago after teaching writing composition for 33 years at high school and college levels. He was drafted in 1968 and was with the 7/15th artillery in the Central Highlands of Vietnam from July 1969 to August 1970. 

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PBS Series,“The Vietnam War,” Receives Emmy Nomination. Should It?

If Americans are convinced that their stiff-upper-lip brand of silence in the face of collective murder is the true face of patriotism, then we are condemned as a nation to follow the path of empires that preceded us

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Does the Burns/Novick Vietnam Documentary Deserve an Emmy?

The war was never "begun in good faith." It was never just a "mistake." It was, from the beginning and throughout, a morally depraved undertaking.

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