Soul of a Soldier: Letters from Vietnam |Link|
These are the letters of Roy O'Keefe to his wife during 8 months in Vietnam, July 1967 to February 1968. He was killed during the Tet Offensive.
This very beautiful and articulate document describes the the Vietnamese countryside and the camps, as well as the joys, sorrows, friendships, frustrations, and prayers of a single soldier who gave his life for the freedom of the Vietnamese people and the Montagnards who fought beside him. His letters are a unique window into this war that occasioned so much division in America.
At the same time, Roy was newly married, and these are love letters.
There are introductory words about his life, and a brief introduction to the war itself and to some concepts of just war, since for many readers, this war is very little understood and the Catholic doctrine of just war which was very much a part of Roy's thinking has slipped almost entirely below consciousness.
As a reader, you will be drawn into the circle of Roy's love and friendship, and into a new appreciation of the universal call to holiness.
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