Author Archives: The Twentieth Man

About The Twentieth Man

Age 68

Beyond Ignorance

If I did not have a sense of humor I would go stark raving mad. I glanced at the morning paper and read: “Baldwin seeks probe” and thought: ” ‘bout time“. On second thought: “Maybe her batteries died.” Reading further, … Continue reading

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Short-Term Memory Loss

The old man shuffled slowly into the room. He looked around, puzzled, and queried to no one in particular: “Why am I here?” “To make a better world.” I responded.

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NCOIC – TPP3A – A Vignette of Army Life, Việt Nam

They already had it in for me. The Company got a heads-up the IG was coming. Beforehand, and in anticipation thereof, our platoon sergeant, Sgt. Proctor, assigned me the task of auditing all six of our Rat Pack gunship platoon’s … Continue reading

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Siblings

When the promised and much-touted GI Bill of Rights proved logistically inadequate to my college ambitions and my father was opposed and unhelpful to them; I turned in desperation for help from my then grown siblings. I’d done the math … Continue reading

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Dark Christmas

  Photographed at Tay Ninh Base Camp, on the Cambodian border, 1969 “God bless us, everyone”.

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The Wrong Question

  “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’― Sigmund Freud Freud asked the … Continue reading

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Occlupanid Behavior

While a great deal of painstaking research has gone into the general taxonomic classification of occulpanids, next to nothing has been discovered as to their behavior, environmental niche, internal anatomical structure and function, and even their biological life cycle. Any … Continue reading

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