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February 10, 2006

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I was Gus Hasford's journalism partner at DINFOS Indianapolis, IN Jan - May 67.
He was just out of Paris Island bootcamp and told me the story about his DI "getting shot in the shitter". It's exactly what appeared in Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket".
Gus was an existentialist even then and I am sure that what is real about the movie is all Gus. I was an Army journalist wounded with the Marines near the DMZ. Gus was at Phu Bai and we never met in Nam. Kubrick stole bigtime from Gus. And El Lay murdered him for insisting on screen credit and payback.

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