“My War”: Missive from a Fallen Veteran, by the Late Frank Hooper (a.k.a.)

This is the third time SLL has posted Frank Hooper’s classic “My War.” Given it’s gut-wrenching quality and power, that’s about right, and it’s certainly appropriate for Veterans’ Day. From Margaret Anna Alice at margaretannaalice.substack.com:

Man Sitting in the Dark on a Moonlit Bench: My War by Vietnam Veteran Frank Hooper (a.k.a. Fleabaggs)

“All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country’s pride.”

—Bertrand Russell on World War I


by Margaret Anna Alice

This Veterans Day, I wish to share a harrowing meditation by a veteran on the experience of being—and having been—a soldier. Few articles have helped me feel so completely what it was like to serve in the Vietnam War; to suffer the agony and futility of war; to return home a reviled pariah; to witness the degradation of one’s fellow veterans; and to endure a half a century of psychological trauma.

While he did not fall on the battlefield, Frank Hooper (a.k.a. Fleabaggs) carried the battlefield within him until his demise on October 3, 2022.

Author, friend, subscriber, and frequent publisher of my work, Robert Gore of Straight Line Logic first posted this essay on May 18, 2017. He republished it last month along with an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, The Gray Radiance, inspired by this essay. Robert describes Frank’s piece1 as “the best thing I’ve posted on this site.”

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