I have posted before about how my Vietnam buddy was killed on May 28,1970 by a booby trap that also sent 2 other guys home with severe injuries. If one of them hadn’t told me to stand by a stone column & cover them as they walked ahead I would have been right there with them. Later the same day, my best friend stepped on another device much smaller while I was only a few feet away again - remembering Arturo from Texas.
George Orwell-We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. This was not a direct quote of Orwell, but was summarized from an essay of Orwell on Kipling. Whatever is the correct origin --those words are so true.
I for some reason woke up thinking of Lance Sijan who died in a North Vietnamese prison in 1968.
I was told of his life and death by an Air Force pilot while I was in the Medical Corps of the USAF.
Sijan was awarded the CMH posthumously.
Enjoy the weekend absolutely, but take time to give thanks for the men and women who gave it all.
Viet Nam will always be the most "personal" war for people my age. How could it not be, with the TV networks force feeding it to us every day on the nightly news? Although I'm sure the WWII War in the Pacific had some of the same, Viet Nam really woke up a naive America to the horrors of jungle warfare. Too many gruesome tales to tell. I have yet to meet a Viet Nam Vet that really wants to talk about that experience much. That is how you know for sure, War is He.ll.
Thanks for your service and your stories. You have shared some poignant memories that aren't easy to talk about. I think it is important for people to appreciate all those type sacrifices.
My dad was in B-24's in WWII. Flew all his missions and came home but he always had respiratory and health issues after the war due to high altitude bombing. Ultimately they played a hand in us losing him far too young. People and their families and friends make all manner of sacrifices that don't occur to most of us
thanks for your service and your contributions to t-net.glad you made it home.spent my army years('72-'75) stateside,so i always feel a bit guilty when i read stories like your's by people such as yourself and your friends who TRULY did serve and sacrifice.don't really feel as though i deserve any recognition.
Thanks for your service. I lost a lot of friends and family in Nam, then lost more stateside in Law Enforcement. If it wasn’t for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today. Thanks Clover for reminding us the true meaning of Memorial Day. God Bless to ALL WHO SERVE. ????????????????
after Nam (which I was about 2 years too young to be drafted and it ended before I would have been) I spent a lot of time reading about it and the sad stories from soldiers who lost friends in battle.
Even though I never went, it affected us all in different ways. Mine was the guilt of not going and friends who did and what they experienced.
I had a co-worker, a Marine, who lived thru Khe San. He hardly ever talked about it, but in spurts - a sentence here and there and then nothing for years. Those of us who never had to live thru that type of '####' cannot ever know what it was like, we can only thank you that did.