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Peg Mullen, author of "Unfriendly Fire," dies


LA PORTE CITY (AP) -- Peg Mullen, a former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. military to find out the truth about her son's death in Vietnam, has died. She was 92.

Mullen's daughter-in-law Jeanne Mullen said Sunday that Mullen had died Friday. Peg Mullen wrote the 1995 book "Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir." The La Porte City woman's son Michael died at age 25 after a U.S. artillery shell fell short and killed him on Feb. 18, 1970.

Mullen's full-page ad in The Des Moines Register protesting the war and her marches in anti-war demonstrations put her on par with more notable protestors of the day. Almost from the day she and her husband, Gene, who died in 1986, learned that Michael had been killed, she tried to find out more about Michael's death from the U.S. military.

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