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    Bloody tragic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Interesting...how varied the story.
    Interesting that the 1971 article says that he shot the store owner 2x when he tried to grab the gun from Johnson, then the owner pulled his own gun and fired.

    There is an online discussion that exactly reflects the wiki article (probably by the same person) that he walked into a robbery in progress, and that the police didn't adequately investigate, but at contact distance during a struggle it sure doesn't read like the store owner was in a situation to make a mistake on who his assailant was.

    Truely a tragedy, it reads like his chain of command recognized the mental health issues, but no one was able to constructively assist him with useful treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    recognized the mental health issues
    Said he was missing appointments (awol) and was then diagnosed... Yes, it was known.
    Regards, Jim

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    Pretty bizarre (nowadays) how the services "used" thsee MOH winners. I'm far from a bleeding heart, but it seems making them constantly relive their most horrible experiences on a daily basis was the tragedy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RASelkirk View Post
    Pretty bizarre (nowadays) how the services "used" thsee MOH winners. I'm far from a bleeding heart, but it seems making them constantly relive their most horrible experiences on a daily basis was the tragedy...

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    Or flag raisers re: Ira Hayes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOOKED ON HISTORY View Post
    Or flag raisers re: Ira Hayes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    It didn't quite end like that. He didn't commit suicide because of PTSD. More to it... Dwight H. Johnson - Wikipedia

    that is really sad!

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    Here's something I found in "USAicon Today" while doing research on Ira Hayes several years ago. I saw the paper on a news stand and the headline caught my eye. Most of what I knew about him before then was from the Johnny Cash record that my older brother played at home years ago. Many thanks to Old Tanker for the video link above! Another one that I looked up because of hearing those old records was a soldier named Rodger Young. - Bob
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