William Allen Miller received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V Device from action in Vietnam. He appears in the film “Straight Talk: Veterans in the Classroom,” produced by Robbie Lepzer, narrated by Kris Kristofferson. Al co-authored and performed in the 2010 play Ambush on “T” Street. He is the 2015 winner of the Amherst Writers and Artists prize for poetry with his poem, “David,” which is being published here for the first time. Al has spoken in classrooms about his war experiences for more than thirty years.