Over the years I have often mentioned my war hero Yale Law School classmate, the super successful trial lawyer, John W. Keker of San Francisco. He was a Marine hero in Vietnam, severely wounded in his arm in a battle.
At least once, and maybe more than that, I have mentioned that John was shot in combat, was dumped in a pile of what the North Vietnamese Army thought were dead Americans. I was told that John feigned being dead for three days until the NVA moved on, then found his way back to the U.S. lines and was treated and helped to recover the use of his wounded arm.
On Saturday, John wrote to me that this pretending to be dead part never happened, and that I had been misinformed. Obviously, John would know far better than I about that story. I was told it by a person who certainly should have known the truth but obviously was mistaken. John notes that he was indeed shot, was evacuated to a Navy medical unit who saved his arm but that — again — the feigning death part was mistaken.
I apologize for this mistake and emphasize, as I have dozens of times, that John is not only a war hero, but a dear friend, a fine lawyer, and an extremely superior human being.
Best wishes, dear Readers,