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Saturday, May 24, 2008

dog tags

A FRIEND TELLS ME that his brother’s dog tags were among hundreds found on a recent trip to Vietnam by two Florida businessmen. His brother was listed MIA after his helicopter was shot down during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Stamped into the metal tags are his name, serial number and blood type. The businessmen bought over 600 of the tags in the back alley shops of Ho Chi Minh City. Some cost just a few pennies.

his brother’s dog tags
found after thirty years
washing off foreign soil

w. f. owen
(small events: haibun by w. f. owen,
Red Moon Press, 2007, p. 39)


Greg Schwartz said...

nice haibun. i'm guessing the businessmen tried to give the dog tags back to the families? that's true american spirit.

w. f. owen said...

Thanks greg,

Yes, this was several years ago
and a worthy project by those
businessmen. I'll never forget