Monday, July 18, 2011


I'm barely old enough to remember the Vietnam War.  I remember Walter Cronkite talking about it a couple of times on TV, and my mother made sure I got put in front of the TV when the POW's came home and the final evacuation of Saigon happened.*  I was 4 when the helicopters were pushed off of the decks of aircraft carriers, so it's mostly just flashes.  My father fought in Vietnam, as did most of my friends' fathers, but there wasn't a lot of talk about the war where the kids could hear it, if it happened at all.

Now, the U.S. military is holding a small, non-combat, exercise with the Vietnamese armed forces, probably as a way to stick a thumb in the eye of the Chinese.

My question is, for those of you who served in the Vietnam War, how do you all feel about this?

*One of the few things my mother did that I emulate.  I've watched men walk on the moon, the evacuation of Saigon, POW's saluting the flag as they got off of a transport plane, and the Watergate hearings.  Even though a lot of these are just flashes of memory, especially the moon landings, I have those memories.  I have always tried to get my kids in front of the tube when the shuttle takes off or lands, or whenever anything that feels historical is being televised.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

We lost 58,000 plus in that 'police action', but the world moves on. I don't really know how I feel, but if we can take a potential adversary off the table in that part of the world, I guess it's all for the good...

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