In a series of interviews over the course of more than a year, my father told me about his experiences as a Marine during the Korean War. On January 29, 1953, six months before Armistice, he was shot with machine gun fire in an ambush by Chinese troops. He was twenty years old at the time, yet the physical and psychological effects continue to take their toll, nearly sixty years later. The effects of war do not end with armistice or peace treaties.
Below is a photo of my father, Wayne LaRue Case, taken on the hospital ship, The Repose, 1953, after the amputation of his right leg. You can see that not even this traumatic experience changed his propensity for fun or his positive outlook on life.
The pages in this section are samples from the collection, “Nothing Saved Us,” comprising poems I wrote from the interviews and discussions with my father.