11 responses

  1. Jesse Goolsby
    September 11, 2015

    A beautiful and gripping essay. I love how the piece illuminates the consequences of war and the power of games; innocence and adulthood; choices and reactions. I can’t wait to read more from Komatsu.


  2. James Schmeling
    September 11, 2015

    Komatsu vividly describes my childhood playing Army, and at the same time portrays a war I didn’t know, in a period after I served in the Air Force. Compelling, and brings his memories and observations to life in my imagination. I can only imagine the feeling of that last “do-over” and how so many of the veterans I serve and work with must have had that same “do-over” that allowed their later transition to civilian life.


  3. Andria
    September 11, 2015

    I love this. Wonderful.


  4. Jerri Bell
    September 13, 2015

    Bravo Zulu. Nicely done. Looking forward to reading more.


  5. Brandon Lingle
    September 14, 2015

    The strongest essay about these wars I’ve read this year. A brilliant cross-examination of childhood and war. We’re lucky to have a voice like this still serving in our military. Well done KU!


    December 2, 2015

    super good. keep going.


  7. John R Coats
    December 20, 2015

    Excellent. With spare prose, the author connects this reader to his own childhood, then broadens the scope to reveal the reality masked by the fancies of childhood. Then back to childhood. Well done.


  8. Ben McCulloch
    April 15, 2016

    I read everything you write. Very profound and thought provoking. You keep writing and I’ll keep reading.


  9. Gene in L.A.
    November 29, 2016

    For us it wasn’t playing army, but playing cowboys and Indians, with cap pistols that really banged. The reality of war (in Vietnam) was unreal as a dream, with little time to stop and consider what one had just been through, contrasted with days of waiting in our tent for casualties dusted off the field to be brought in for emergency patching up, men on litters coming and going amid the controlled chaos of an aid station. Thanks, Matthew Komatsu, for sharing your experience. It’s one step on the road to absorbing the experience and getting on with life. Cheers!


  10. Billy Maccarone
    December 10, 2018

    I agree


  11. Lisa Stice
    January 12, 2019

    Love this!


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