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David Douglas Duncan


Self-Portrait: U.S.A.
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A bare-chested young man, twisting in agony, on a hospital bed, flanked by two masked-doctors at work on his leg.

"Oblivious to the convention, a Marine . . . born in Mason, Ohio, but more recently of a mortar-torn rice paddy near Da Nang, South Vietnam . . . lurched upright but without a sound, his face shrieking in agony, as hospital orderlies dug fragments of bone and bomb from his shattered leg. [Great Lakes Naval Hospital, August 1968.]" Self-Portrait: U.S.A., p. 182.