Doug Escher’s 8-year-old grandson, Rafael, calls him “Pow.”
He also calls him his hero.
“We went to one of his plays in the morning,” Escher said, and afterward, the families had a chance to view the students’ pictures on the “hero wall.”
Escher spotted Rafael’s creation.
“He says, ‘Pow’s my hero because he fought in the war,’ ” said Escher. “Tears came.”
That moment wiped away decades of inner conflict, said Escher, who fought in the Vietnam War.
“I always had this thing,” he said, “I really had a problem with Vietnam because it was wrong.”