Meet Paul Reed, who’s a veteran of the Vietnam War. For years, he lived with the guilt of taking life. The feelings became too much, and he receded from society, he lost everything and eventually he became homeless.
After some time, he moved home with his mother. She’d kept his war mementos he’d sent home all those years ago. One of those items was a diary he’d taken from a Vietnamese soldier he’d engaged, and presumably killed, on the battlefield.
His mother encouraged him to get it translated. That he did, and the Vietnamese soldier’s writings changed Reed’s heart and soul.
Reed set on a journey to return the soldier’s items to his widow. Upon arriving in Vietnam, Reed discovered the soldier wasn’t dead! Together, they visited the battlefield where they’d last met and began healing together.
Once enemies, they’re true friends today. You can learn more about Reed’s story in the book Kontum Diary, or check out the documentary by PBS.
Kontum Diary: Captured Writings Bring Peace to a Vietnam Veteran