A platoon in Vietnam.

Consider the world’s earliest literature. Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. Virgil’s The Aeneid. Beowulf and the legend of King Arthur.

All of these tales, mainstays of the Western cannon, are also war stories. As a genre, the war novel is one of the most enduring literary forms. For every warrior, there is a war story. Here are some of the best. 

Tallgrass Creek residents Jacquie and Terry Van Meter review photo albums spanning their military careers.

It was November 1967 when 24-year-old First Lieutenant Terry Van Meter stepped off an Army cargo plane and reported for active duty in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.


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