A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War

by

Philip Caputo

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A lieutenant in E Company, 2nd Battalion who is killed two nights after Lieutenant Frank Reasoner by one of the marines’ own 4.2-inch mortar shells. The shell falls on his platoon while he is briefing them in the “rear area” base camp. Parsons’s legs are “scythed off at the hip” as a result.
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