A young private first class by the name of Kurt Vonnegut wandered into the POW Repatriation Camp in Le Havre, France and wrote his family a letter.
"I'm told that you were probably never informed that I was anything other than 'missing in action,'" he began. "That leaves me a lot of explaining to do."
And so began the origins of his masterpeice, Slaughterhouse Five. Salon has the story and information about a new collection of his writings on war and peace.