Monday, December 12, 2016

Newspaper refuses Vietnam veteran's dying wish to have his obituary say he is 'not a murderer' and 'not a baby killer' after he was criticized for his role in the war

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A newspaper has turned down a Vietnam War veteran's dying wish, by refusing his request to set the record straight in his obituary.

When David R. Ryan came back from Vietnam, he says he was called a 'baby killer' and 'murderer' and it always stayed with him, says his daughter Heather Vargo.

So the grandfather-of-12 told his daughter that he wanted his obit to read 'not a murderer, not a baby killer, just a Vietnam vet,' according toKPTV.

More @ Mail

4 comments:

  1. Strange story. I thought the Obits were edited only to eliminate trolling as in from faked deaths, claims that were obviously not true (Mr Jones is best known for creating the Post-it note but his idea was stolen by 3M so he died penniless), and such things. I can only imagine that the paper saw this as an odd thing to print since the deceased was never accused or prosecuted for murder so they thought it was trolling to make the claim he was innocent of that crime.

    Also, Obits are printed by newspapers for their own purposes. There is no guarantee or even a custom that you can print anything you want, like a political manifesto. There are plenty of other Obit-like opportunities for the deceased to get his message out, like the printed program at the funeral home. He could even take out a paid advertisement in the paper to say that, if it was really that important to him.

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    1. I can only imagine that the paper saw this as an odd thing to print since the deceased was never accused or prosecuted for murder so they thought it was trolling to make the claim he was innocent of that crime.

      I thought it strange he would ask for that.

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  2. And the newspapers wonder why they are losing business...

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