My Father Did Bad Things. I Still Believe He Was a Good Man.

Pop’s letters from Vietnam remind me how fiercely he fought his demons

Photos courtesy of Siobhan Adcock

He was young to have shot at so many people he was ordered to kill, young to have lost so many people he was trying to protect.

Dad in uniform.
Dad with his two sisters.

You can be a good man in a bad place.

Siobhan Adcock is the author of two novels, The Completionist and The Barter, as well as essays in Ms., Salon, Slate, and McSweeneys. siobhanadcock.com

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