Vietnam Veterans Day

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day, a day to honor a generation of warriors who fought a just and noble war against a vicious and determined foe. They triumphed on the battlefield, only to be betrayed by a fifth column at home.

The were majority volunteers, especially in the combat arms, and they never once lost a battle. Their war was fought on the evening news under the glaring eyes of an uninformed, fooled, or outright hostile civilian population.  They returned home to the scorn of their spoiled, soft and brainwashed peers who were told in college that the cause was immoral, the warrior evil. But even then, even after being maligned by the press that had actively worked against them and portrayed them as mentally unstable ticking time bombs, they continued to be winners; leading mostly successful and prosperous lives.

They are the men my generations of Marines, and of all war-fighters, respected, revered and wanted to emulate. They set the bar for us, and they set it high.

So honor them. Today, and all days.

Rembrances

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bruce
bruce

i was a young paratrooper fighting commie scum during the tet offensive in 1968 where we wiped out the viet cong and rolled over the nva army but leftwing gas bag wally crankcase said we were losing that was when i knew we could not trust the media.that and generals who turned the war into one of attrition which is… Read more »

We get a day? What government dingleberry screwed up and let that happen? He’s gonna be lucky if they don’t fire him! When I was in college, I used to tell the Financial Aid people that I was going to school on the Vietnam Lottery G.I. Bill. You know, if you go to Vietnam and don’t get your ass shot… Read more »

watchyerlane
watchyerlane

I honor and worship them everyday. I was in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from 1984-1988 and my battalion commander, my battalion XO, battalion sergeant major, company first sergeant and one platoon sergeant were all Vietnam vets. They were greatest assemblage of men I ever had the privilege or honor to work with. I look back on these great… Read more »

FrankOK
FrankOK

I enlisted in the Navy in 1969, straight out of high school. Before being sworn in with other Naval enlistees, there wasn’t a Marine to be seen in that room but after we all said “I do”, the tallest, widest and blackest gunnery sergeant I ever saw before or since stepped out of the shadows. This guy had arms the… Read more »

single stack
single stack

My father was an AF MSgt in the civil engineering squadron at Tan Son Nhut in ’67-68. He was awarded the Bronze Star (V) and the Silver Star for his actions during ’68 Tet. At his funeral in 1996 several men showed up that no one knew. When they were asked who they were they said that they served in… Read more »

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan

My father served in the army during that conflict, though the details of his service were unknown to me for most of my life….. they still are mostly unknown. As a child I had looked through an old box of photos, citations and mementos from his time over there. I met a few guys he served with and absorbed a… Read more »

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby

In memory of Daivd Allen Higgs, who served (as I did) and gave the ultimate price. My brother and I and my sister participated, true, but David gave his all. I have others I remember, but Dave was my best friend and went into AF special ops just because he saw me volunteer. I sure would’ve liked to grow old… Read more »