[living fatherless]

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What’s spectacular about his experience is its sameness with so many soldiers who served in Vietnam, Korea, elsewhere. What’s fascinating is that it was my father who left a woman and possibly a baby overseas. “War forces us to perform against ourselves—against our will, against our interests, against our values,” writes Fusco. I want to believe the Amerasian lived. That he/she is able to live fatherless, as I do now, and forgive him for leaving. I want to hope we will survive just fine without him in our lives.

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