By D. L. Birchfield

In D. L. Birchfield’s box of Honor, a mystery underground civilization of Choctaws, deep underneath the Ouachita Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, has developed right into a high-tech tradition, supported by means of the exertions of slaves abducted from the skin. Underground, lengthy yellow rows of corn stand tall and ripe in massive, brightly lit greenhouses, and nice video games of stickball are performed at the hours of darkness in large stadiums with gleaming balls.The 20th century has been one lengthy, golden summer season for this underground Choctaw neighborhood, the place not anything is extra vital than the ball video games. the following Choctaw traditions are secure from the cultural genocide being waged on the planet above. yet hindrance is ready to strike the underground neighborhood, threatening its persisted existence.Into this idyllic underground Choctaw global stumbles P. P. McDaniel, a half-blood Choctaw Marine Corps deserter from the Vietnam warfare who has the nice misfortune of being affected by Stockholm Cowardice Syndrome disorder. Reeling from tradition surprise and suffering for his personal survival, McDaniel turns into entangled in political intrigue and an not likely romance during this wealthy satire.

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He fired off letters to everyone he could think of. He told them that an amnesty, any amnesty, for any United States Marine, was unthinkable. He told them that it would not only undermine the entire structure of Marine Corps discipline, but that it would defeat the very purpose of the Marine Corps—that it might not make much difference for the tank-tracking draftees in the United States Army, but that it made one hell of a difference for United States Marines. ” still rang in his ears as though the words had been spoken only yesterday, that death for some people was sometimes the necessary price so all the people might have liberty, that United States Marines were the ones who knowingly and voluntarily and unhesitatingly stepped forth to be those necessary people, and that every genuine American patriot had to know, deep in his heart, that the only reward for battlefield desertion by a United States Marine had to be a bloody, violent death!

He said, “That’s right, Sir. That’s what they called him. He—” Colonel Fay threw his arms in the air and shouted to the heavens: “He was the only living, breathing bastard who ever scared the shit out of an Igorot! ” The colonel’s face was beaming. ” Lieutenant Farnsdall asked. “Knew him? Knew him? ” Colonel Fay slapped McDaniel on the shoulder so hard that McDaniel nearly passed out when Sergeant Kelley, still applying a full nelson, strained to keep the two of them from toppling over sideways.

FIELD OF HONOR 49 The photo was a close-up of a metal disk buried in the ground nearly flush with the surface. S. Geological Survey benchmarks, small metal disks that the USGS survey crews had placed at intervals throughout the valley, indeed, throughout the United States, with the elevation of each particular spot stamped on the disk. S. Geological Survey identification, or warning that it was a violation of law to tamper with it. There was but a single item stamped into the surface of the disk, a finely etched engraving of a seagull in the last stage of flight, with wings spread wide and feet reaching down, in the final moment before landing.

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