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Jean Ponder Allen (0:53) video | transcript

Shortly after I was told that Terry had definitely been killed, there were reports in the local newspapers about the battle. And I read that report and just from the language -- the vagueness of the language -- and the contradictory elements in there, I knew that that's not what had happened, but I also didn't want to know what had happened. A friend of Terry's, who accompanied the body, said that there would not be an open casket because he had been so mutilated by his wounds. And I didn't need to know anymore. I didn't want to know anymore. I knew that he had died.

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