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Old 08-23-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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It you had anything to do with RVN you may or may not enjoy this page turner. I especially liked reading about the heroic actions of the many, many Medal of Honor recipients in the timeline.

As I have asked many times~ "Where no we get these guys?"

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Old 08-23-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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Thanks, it means a lot to me, too.
33 years ago. What powerful memories, even today!

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:10 PM   #3
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I was never in Vietnam, I served in peace time. I did have a friend that served and was shot down flying F4s. He spent five years as a POW. The only reason he believes he is free today is the Hanoi bombings.

It seems that no matter where we go to war, it is only when we bomb the civilians that it makes any difference. Hanoi, Hiroshima, Dresden, etc.

If you want to win wars, you need a killer mentality. Otherwise, stay the hell away. We should have never went to Vietnam, and when we did, we should have fought to win. far too many innocent Americans died trying to save a country that wound up the same way as if we never went there.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:45 PM   #4
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I was 11 when the Vietnam war ended. I was living in a small farming town in Iowa called Corydon (pop. 1,700) I can remember the town having a hometown parade for a veteran who had returned home from the war. I think he might have been a POW.

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Old 08-24-2014, 05:27 AM   #5
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1970 Army, never made it,had orders in my hands 3 times for Vietnam.
They sent me to Korea instead since at the time they were winding down troop strength, and Korea was way under strength.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:45 AM   #6
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US Army 1954- until 1966 mostly in reserves... received captaincy and transfer to inactive reserves at the same time in 1966. Relief beyond comprehension, as I had just received a transfer/promotion in a new job... and had four sons age 3mo. to age 8. Captain in the US Infantry... not the safest grade or service. Fear... not for my life, but for DW and young family... new town, little savings, and a Captain's pay was not the best in those days. Less than $300/mo. as I recall. (about 26K/yr today.

The timeline was a great review of a part of our lives that we try not to dwell on, as we lost friends, relatives and have sad memories of months of waiting the dreaded call to active duty.

In retrospect, AND looking forward, in almost all of the wars in my lifetime, our involvement has been triggered by intervening in foreign countries to back up failed governments. 60+ years of watching US fortunes and lives being spent on war, make me wonder if there might have been a better way to invest our nation's wealth.

Thanks for posting the memory pages.

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