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Late in his senior year of high school, James A. Fields Jr. was excitedly mapping his future, hoping to join the Army right after graduation. Although his political and social views ran counter to American values — he much preferred authoritarianism and the racial­purity dogma of the Third Reich — Fields looked forward to soldiering in democracy’s most powerful military.

That’s how Derek Weimer, his favorite teacher in 2015, remembers it.

Then one day in that spring semester, Fields told Weimer that the Army had turned him down for a reason related to his psychiatric history, Weimer recalled this week. Weimer wasn’t surprised by the rejection, he said, because Fields had confided to him a year earlier that he suffered from schizophrenia and was being treated with drugs to control his illness.

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James A. Fields Jr., fourth from right in front row, holds a black shield Aug. 12 in Charlottesville. (Go Nakamura/AP)

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A neo-Nazi’s rage-fueled journey to Charlottesville – Washington Post

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