Tag Archives: Viet Nam War

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

A lot of abuse is being heaped upon the heads of Baby Boomers these days.  If most of the abuse-heapers were Republicans, then perhaps I could write it off as coming from people who will need a new reason for … Continue reading

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Hooked

The war will never leave me.  I suppose I should’ve realized this sooner, but the burden of war has a cumulative effect.  It slowly reasserts itself as the years go by, when it becomes safer to think about it. Or … Continue reading

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National We Got the Hell Out Day

  Yesterday, 29 March, was National Viet Nam Veterans’ Day.  I had no idea such a thing existed.  You may wonder, as I did, why it’s on 29 March. 29 March 1973 is the day that the last American combat … Continue reading

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Opening the Wound

Forty-six years ago today, in Viet Nam, I was wounded during an assault by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops on a village that my infantry company was defending. It would not be an overstatement to say that those few … Continue reading

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Flowers on a Headstone

Today is that holiday which used to be called Decoration Day, because people would decorate the graves of the war dead. It was first observed in 1868, as a way of honoring the hundreds of thousands of men who died … Continue reading

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A Short Visit to 1968

The first thing I saw was a helicopter. It was a medevac, or had been, 45 years ago in Viet Nam. I knew, because it had a red cross on a square, white background, which was used to mark medical … Continue reading

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“Wait until the war is over, And we’re both a little older …”

Forty years ago I was living in Houston and my then-wife was expecting the first of our three children. On that day, 27 April 1975, I had been back from Việt Nam fifty-four months – four and a half years. It … Continue reading

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