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    Gays in the Military? Whatever.

     

    A good friend of mine at Trinity College, CT, Chuck Shouse, was a gay sailor who saw combat service during the Vietnam Era. His letters to friends and family spoke about the unwritten rules concerning gays in the military (all branches, both genders). He proudly announced to his close friends--that is--- his ability to maintain his active gay lifestyle in the military, and even hinted that heterosexuals were aware and for the most part politely unobservant of what went on romantically between enlisted men and women. Unfortunately, Chuck died too young during the AIDS outbreak of the 1980s, but I think his words of experience---both personal and military--would have been welcomed during these fearful yet hopeful days of "don't ask, don't tell."

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