Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some guys just know how to make an exit

C.D.B. Bryan, author of Friendly Fire, about the accidental death of a solider in Vietnam, died of cancer December 15 at his home in Guilford, Conn. His wife, Mairi, said he was holding a shaken martini when he died.

He was 73.

Bryan wrote for several magazines throughout his career, but he was best known for Friendly Fire. The book, which started as an article for The New Yorker, is about the 1970 friendly-fire shrapnel death of Michael Eugene Mullen, a soldier from Iowa. It chronicled his parents' doubts about the Army's official account of the death, their quest for answers and the transformation of his mother, Peg Mullen, into an antiwar activist.

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