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The Things They Carried: Tell YOUR Story

Originally published by MHQ magazine. Published Online: November 10, 2011 
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Please share your story of The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien's 1990 short story with that title, set in Vietnam, provided a fascinating look at the odds and ends soldiers take into battle. Our Portfolio in the Winter 2012 issue of MHQ riffs on that theme with a series of photographs. But there are millions of artifacts and photos out there related to what soldiers take to war, every one of them part of a broader tale. If you have such items, and are willing to share photographs of them with us, please submit them here, along with a short description of the item and the soldier who owned it. We'd welcome photos of that soldier, with or without the artifact, as well. The first submissions are from MHQ editor William W. Horne, who described his relative's artifacts in Letter From MHQ.


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    Brian P. Murphy says:

    I enjoyed the book years ago and am glad to see your feature here in MHQ. Also, thanks for including the picture of my brother Dick Murphy and his flag. The other Marine in the photo is Gilberto Tapia of Texas. He was Dick's friend then and my friend now. My Dad, a WWII Marine and my brother Dick watched John Wayne in "The Sands of Iwo Jima" countless times. I expect Dick was inspired by the character in the movie that carried a flag with him, intending to raise it in victory, only to see the (second) flag raising take place. In this photo Dick and Tapia are displaying the flag after a battle in which the Third Battalion/Fourth Marines (they were in Mike Co.) took a hill from the NVA. Thank you again.

    Brian Murphy bmurphy@norwoodma.gov



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