Finding Pete: Rediscovering The Brother I Lost In Vietnam
Publish Date: 2009-10-01
Author: Jill Hunting
Two days after Jill Hunting turned fifteen, she lost her only brother, a volunteer with International Voluntary Services and one of the first civilian casualties of the Vietnam War. News broadcasts and headlines announced to the world that Pete had been led into an ambush by friends. When Jills mother told her that Petes letters home had all been destroyed in a basement flood, the connection between Jill and her brother was lost foreveror so she thought. Decades later, 175 letters surfaced. Through them, and the sweethearts and many friends who had never forgotten Pete, Jill came to know him again.
Finding Pete is one of the great, untold true stories of an escalating war and a young man caught in its sights. This personalized account of a critical moment in U.S. history is the moving story of an altruistic youth who personifies what America lost in Vietnam. It is also a portrait of a familys struggle with loss, a mothers damaging grief, and, most of all, a sisters quest to solve a mystery and recover the connection with her brother. Includes a readers guide.