Friendly Fire, one of the earliest (1976) notable nonfiction books about the Vietnam War, is now available electronically through Open Road Media . The book, written by the late C. D. B. Bryan , deals with the death of Michael Eugene Mullen, an Army draftee from Iowa who died on February 18, 1970, after getting hit by an errant artillery shell. Bryan, who had served as an Army intelligence officer in Korea in the late 1950s, thoroughly investigated the incident itself, the Army’s less-than-forthcoming handling of the aftermath, and the horror and outrage felt by Michael Mullen’s parents, Peg and Gene.
The book grew out of an article Bryan had written for The New Yorker magazine. It was made into an Emmy-Award-winning 1979 TV movie .