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McMullen: Vietnam took my daddy from me'

By Staff
VIETNAM Denise Allen McMullen honors her father today with a poem she wrote about his service in Vietnam. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
May 28, 2001
Denise Allen McMullen's father is on her mind today.
The Meridian police detective, in trying to comprehend what her father experienced during his two tours in Vietnam, was inspired to write a poem in his honor.
Through the years, Allen has tried to understand why her father came back from the conflict a different man.
She is thankful her father returned when so many other men did not.
McMullen's father, Oliver Wayne Allen, volunteered for two tours in Vietnam. He lives in Jacksonville now and is employed by the Florida Department of Corrections.
The poem that accompanies this story is dedicated to him.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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