By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School history teacher Gary Bulen was talking with a friend about his upcoming lessons on the Vietnam War.
Then the friend mentioned his sister was a student at McNary when a former student was writing back to The Piper about his experiences on the front lines.
The connection sent Bulen searching through the archives of the paper for the letters written by Cpl. Ed Holcomb, which ran under the heading Viet Nam Chronicles. What he didn’t expect was just how vivid an account Holcomb would provide.
“We had lots of students who ended up serving during that time, and some of them were in offices or acting as clerks in a warehouse, but here we had someone on the front line writing back about what he was seeing and not sparing any detail,” Bulen said.
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