Interviewer: In fact, Rome could have been taken, as I understand it, by the Canadians.
Mr. Dowie: Yeah.
Interviewer: Do you know why they didn't?
Mr. Dowie: Political.
Interviewer: In fact, the Americans took it.
Mr. Dowie: Yeah, the political thing was that the Americans should be the first in. And our colonel, Colonel at the time, Caron, Vern Caron, decided that he was gonna beat 'em to it so we took a side road, went around Rome, and when the Americans rolled through, triumphantly through Rome, we were all lined up on the road to greet them, the other side of Rome.
"There is nothing more intimate than sharing someone's dying with them," a Vietnam-era nurse named Dusty wrote in a collection of poems, "Visions of War, Dreams of Peace."
"It is more intimate than sex, it is more intimate than childbirth, and once you do it, you can never be ordinary again."
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