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This was of course a pivotal year for me. March 12 I arrive in the Republic of Vietnam and my world changes in more ways than I could ever express. I came in to the disaster that was our military organization after the TET offensive and four days after the My Lai massacre ( which I did not learn about until after I returned stateside.
I went into the U. S. Army as a volunteer, filled with idealism and a misguided desire to defend "my country right or wrong". I was still in the armed forces after my return and remained in long enough to get shipped to Germany in 1970 with only a few months left in the army. Turns out that our then president had promised to pull troops out of Viet Nam and was replacing them with troops from the European theater.
The final blow to my patriotic zeal occurred with the fall of Saigon and the subsequent pardoning of all draft dodgers. Guys, we did what we did for a variety of reasons. Most of the guys were just obeying the law. Misguided or plain honest we were the most unfairly maligned veterans in U. S. history.
If treason be defined as betrayal of one's country, then what be defined as betrayal by one's country?
Every day I thank God that the people of the United States are supporting our soldiers in the Middle East. God bless you all.
We're on the same wavelength regarding support to those fighting for us in the Middle East. And I agree that the cowards who fled to Canada should have been prosecuted. I took exactly that position when I appeared on John Gardner's Common Cause with Senator Taft and Congressman Minshall and a useless idiot from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War - John Kerry's group of liars.
I was with the 1st Brigade of the 101st ABN Division. I know that battle typically looks unorganized, but Tet '68 was anything but a disaster for us. It was certainly that for General Giap. Americans, in the course of 12 years, never lost a single battle in Vietnam though you'd sure never know it from the media -- even today. It was the Democrat Convention, the media, and the war protestors who convinced North Vietnam's dictatorship that all the communists had to do was keep dying and we'd eventually leave because of the betrayals back home. He was right. Let's do our best to make sure it never happens again.