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By J. Leahy

fact is the 1st casualty of war.
Tom Carpentier knew this good. A WW-II destroyer commander, he had spent years as skipper of service provider vessels wearing struggle fabrics to Vietnam. but if his daughter, a army nurse, died lower than mysterious situations in Danang in December 1966, his try and study what had occurred used to be stonewalled at each turn.
Becky Franks knew this too. Her father, George, was once torpedoed aboard USS Reuben James (DD-245) on October 31,1941. every thing that she or her kin realized was once contained in a 46-word note telegram from the army Department.
On July four, 1968 destiny united them. Tom's send, the Rita E. Sykes used to be loading munitions in Philadelphia, whereas Becky, a pacifist, marched in an antiwar protest at Independence corridor. The non-violent protest was once hijacked by way of radicals and rioting resulted. Becky and her neighbors ran towards the port and into the palms of offended, violent longshoremen the place Becky used to be critically injured. In desperation, she sought shelter aboard the Rita E and cowered, semi-conscious, at the major deck till the send sailed. She was once later came upon, and Tom got here to her relief. In informal dialog, they found that they shared a standard gap within the center. Tom provided his suggestions in gaining knowledge of the situations of her father's demise, whereas investigating the dying of his personal daughter.
Over the subsequent weeks, with the help of Tom's previous shipmate on the Naval ancient middle in Washington, either realized that a lot of what they knew approximately their family deaths was once fake. not just was once the knowledge flawed, yet in either situations it turned noticeable that dishonesty and deceit on the maximum point of presidency was once at once liable for their deaths.
This is a piece of fiction, however it is predicated upon verifiable, documented facts. broad references are provided within the textual content and appendices.

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