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Jan Scruggs, legacy etched in #Vietnam #Veterans Memorial, ready to retire: @Druzin_Stripes htt…

Jan Scruggs, legacy etched in #Vietnam #Veterans Memorial, ready to retire: @Druzin_Stripes htt…

It’s not that he has anything bad to say about the presidents he’s met — “They’ve all been pretty good to me.” In fact, he doesn’t have anything bad to say about even his most ardent foes, including conservative provocateur Pat Buchanan, who tried to sink the memorial campaign by claiming one of the design competition judges was a communist. But the 65-year-old Scruggs abhors the wheeling and dealing of Washington, D.C., and says he avoids a city that those who know him say he expertly navigates. “No, I don’t like it,” the soft-spoken former infantryman said while sitting on the deck of his dockside home in Annapolis on a recent warm June day. “I have a Ph.D. in D.C.-nomics, but I’ve completed that course.” ‘Black gash of shame’ When Jan Scruggs first told his wife, Becky, that he was going to build a memorial to Vietnam veterans, she wondered whether he was losing his min...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/special-reports/vietnam-at-50...

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