isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."
Doc stayed behind in Saigon for several years and fell in love and became involved with one of the girls. His addiction became worse and then Saigon fell. He was left behind and stayed with the girl he had fallen in love with. She became pregnant and he eventually made it back to the US with her and their baby girl. They were married and after many struggles he became and stayed sober. He eventually went to medical school and became an ER Doc.
Later on he burned
out on being an ER doc and did a residency in
psychiatry with a specialty in addiction and post
traumatic stress disorder and started a clinic
for Vietnam Vets who had addiction problems. Doc
has led a productive life and is still enjoying life
and enjoying his many grandchildren.
From Jenni (who unexpectedly got really
When last we saw him, poor Doc was drunk and
wandering down an alley in Vietnam. He was so out
of sorts that he just kept wandering and
wandering. Eventually he wandered right into the
jungle, up a mountain, and passed out.
The next morning he came to in a little hut,
hearing the sounds of children laughing and people going
about their day. Doc was very disoriented (and
more than a little hungover) so just looked around in
shock. His gaze finally locked on an
American-looking fellow sitting in the corner, dressed
in what reminded Doc of Native American dress. It
was Kithem aka Master Sergeant Carter from the Season 1
episode "Paradise Lost." In his drunken stumbling,
Doc managed to wander onto land occupied by the Katu, a
tribe of Montagnards, who Kithem resided with after
getting discharged. A band led by Kithem had
happened upon Doc and brought him to safety.
from personal experience the damage that war can do on a
troubled psyche, Kithem took Doc under his wing.
He also pulled some strings to get Doc a general
discharge. (I like to think Kithem/Carter
reconnected with Zeke who then took it to Goldman who
made it happen.) Once that was done, it didn't
take Doc very long to really take to living as the Katu
do, tending the land, caring for the sick, etc.
And he got clean. Eventually he fell in love with
a Katu woman, we'll call her Linh, and started a
family. Let's say they had 4 kids, two girls and
Since life had long been difficult for the
Montagnards in Vietnam with repeatedly being forced from
their land; Doc, Linh, and their family immigrated to
North Carolina with others in the tribe (apparently
there's a sizable Montagnard population there).
Since he's American, Doc ended up getting hired by the
local government (an irony that was not lost on him) to
be a liaison between the city and the new citizens so
spent a lot of time helping the Montagnards settle in,
get services as needed, etc. This also put Doc in
contact with other soldiers who had experiences similar
to him and Kithem which helped Doc put some of his
demons to rest. Once everyone was settled, Doc
became a social worker for the general population and he
and his family were able to live comfortably though not
extravagantly... just as he and Linh like it.