My Father, My Son

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Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr. was Chief of Naval Operations during the Vietnam War. As such, his purview included the "brown water navy," an elite force of volunteers who roamed the waterways in fast attack boats. Among boat commanders was his son and namesake, Elmo Zumwalt, III.

Young Zumwalt may have thought his major hazard was enemy fire, but in fact it was not. Like many other Americans who worked the defoliated jungles, he developed cancer. His enemy was Agent Orange.

The irony is that his father ordered its use, and MY FATHER, MY SON is the story of how one family has dealt with tragedy.

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This poignant update of the Agent Orange controversy combines military history with medical and human drama. Admiral Zumwalt was the naval leader who ordered the chemical defoliant to be used along Vietnamese rivers. His own son became exposed to the agent, developed multiple cancers, and fathered a retarded child. Pekkanen has spliced together numerous reminiscences from both Zumwalts, other family members, and friends into a readable stream-of-consciousness account of the family's experiences. Like all good biographers, he lets his subjects tell more about themselves than they intend. The "dual autobiography" which results is realistic and touching without being mawkish. BOMC featured alternate. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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