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The last few nights I've gotten to watching Youtube video interviews with Viet Nam vets that share their stories and experiences of Viet Nam.

Amazing stories.

Those soldiers were so disrespected when they returned to the States.

No matter what your political viewpoint, those guys, like all soldiers, were kids and just told to do this do that etc...


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Nam, like most any other wars have one thing in common; that those who served, really don't want to talk about it. When I was a boy my great uncle Lee Shively, who had fought in the trenches in War 1 told me some stories about how the life was in that atmosphere. I wish he had told me more + I had been older to remember more since now ALL of those guys are gone.


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Nam, like most any other wars have one thing in common; that those who served, really don't want to talk about it. When I was a boy my great uncle Lee Shively, who had fought in the trenches in War 1 told me some stories about how the life was in that atmosphere. I wish he had told me more + I had been older to remember more since now ALL of those guys are gone.


Politicians depend on young'uns not knowing that the parades come after you sleep in a muddy ditch and maybe come back in pieces or not at all.


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Politicians depend on young'uns not knowing that the parades come after you sleep in a muddy ditch and maybe come back in pieces or not at all.

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I remember reading an article by Ernest Hemingway when he was writing for the Toronto newspaper when he was in Paris in the 20s. He had passed by a pawn shop + saw all these medals for sale + the article was titled, "What Price Valor?" The article is in the book "Byline".


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things to be forgotten not remembered
 
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True, I have found over the years that those who talk about it most are the ones who weren't there.


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My grandfather was a Gallipoli veteran, never spoke about it and the most I heard was at his funeral, mostly from Uncle Doug, his son, who went of to Middle East WW2 in 1940 and finished in Dutch New Guinea in 1945. Grandpas daily diary was matter of fact and very sobering.

We owe such a huge debt to all those who served to keep us free.

Uncle Doug despised politicians ( and Japs!). Like Grandpa he fought for his mates.


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I was an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam (1969 and again 1972). I remember the beautiful sights of flying over the countryside at dawn, the laughs, poker games, and companionship with my friends, and the sweet joy of coming home twice.

The unpleasant things I've pushed into the recesses of my mind, where I hope they will stay forever.

22 years, 9 months, and 16 days serving Uncle Sam, but who's counting? As we used to say, "Everyday is a holiday; every meal is a banquet."
 
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Been there, done that.

Semper Fi.
 
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