Edward Hagan was only 22 years old when he left the comforts of his beloved Inwood neighborhood to serve as an American military advisor to the South Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. In his riveting essay in The Irish Echo, Mr. Hagan brings to life the thriving Irish Inwood of the late 1960’s. The author colorfully informs us that there were, “73 Irish bars north of Dyckman Street.” The piece tells of chance encounters in Vietnam with other folks from Inwood that were fighting and dying in the jungles of South East Asia. The article is also a potent and pertinent reminder of the ultimate folly of military adventurism.
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