Sen. Chuck Hegel of Nebraska is an interesting Republican even if a rich conservative. He and his younger brother Tom were in Vietman together in 1968. The war changed them. Tom quite soon, and Sen. Hagel somewhat later. This is an interesting story. Liberal Democrats should read it even if it involves the Hegels of Nebraska and Republicans should read it even if it is published by Salon.
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The private war of Chuck and Tom Hagel After saving each other's lives in combat, Chuck Hagel, the future Republican senator of Nebraska, and his brother Tom fought about Vietnam and Iraq -- until they finally saw eye to eye.
By Myra MacPherson
Apr. 30, 2007 | In 1968, through a fluke that remains a mystery, Chuck Hagel and his younger brother Tom became the only known American siblings to serve in the same infantry squad in the Vietnam War. The future Republican senator from Nebraska and anti-Iraq war maverick, then 21, fought side by side with his little brother in the steaming jungles of the Mekong Delta. They walked point together, they watched comrades get ripped in half by land mines, and they sent five Purple Hearts home to their mother. They also saved each other's lives.
Prints out to 8 pages, so there is some content. Worth reading.
***Stay tuned even if you don't want to read any more parallels between Vietnam and Iraq--- Doug Wiken