Vietnam Veterans Day

Closing Thought–29Mar17

The Last Chopper Out!

Since the rest of the world has forgotten our contribution let me be the first to say thank you to all my comrades in Vietnam.  We are quickly losing our battle with time….but as long as I breath you will NOT be forgotten.

Most Americans are familiar with Veterans Day. Every November, we show our appreciation to everyone who ever enlisted in our armed forces: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen.

Scattered throughout the year, however, we honor certain groups of veterans who serviced our nation during particular conflicts. For example, we celebrate V-E Day and V-J Day on the anniversaries of the end of World War II combat operations in Europe and Japan. Veterans Day itself was once Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I.

On March 29, we recall the day in 1973 when the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.

This date is generally considered the official end of the war.

Yet, when we consider the entirety of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, it was not until May of 1975 that U.S. military presence completely ended. Likewise, although the war is generally considered to have “begun” with the deployment of full combat units in 1965, U.S. troops were in country, in harm’s way, as early as 1955.

The U.S. Department of Defense, in its official observance of the 50th anniversary of the war, has declared the Vietnam War Commemoration will recognize the period from Nov. 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975.

And for those that have never given my war much thought…….as per usual I offer a historical perspective…..

Although the Vietnamese had been rebelling against the French since their arrival in S.E. Asia, World War I was the initial catalyst for Vietnam’s independence. Vietnamese and other Indochinese troops, notably Cambodians, in the French colonial forces went to Europe and the Middle East in World War I to serve in both combat and support roles.

Source: The Unwinnable Vietnam War – Consortiumnews

To all Vietnam Veterans…..Thank you for your service and your sacrifice……all gave some and some gave all….you will always be in my memory…..Peace!

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12 thoughts on “Vietnam Veterans Day

  1. Reflection of the War gets a little foggy with age, unless you were actually pulling a trigger over there to either save your buddies’ asses or your own. But maybe the unwinnable part of that war was not on the battlefield but at home. A whacked and unrealistic government strategy and set of priorities, a public (fellow Boomers) more concerned with sex, drugs, and rock & roll than using some measure of common sense beyond the next joint or flower tattoo, and most importantly, a war-weary public tired of body counts and alleged atrocities and just wanting to forget the whole thing. The “welcome home” parade is a gratuitous/patronizing day to remember the event. History is sometimes not fair.

    1. I agree…like I said we are slowly dying off and we will be just another footnote like the Korean war….I still hold a grudge against this country….which I have stated many times….chuq

  2. Even though I am English, and have never been to Vietnam, those last hours on the TV news are as fresh in my mind as ever. The people waiting on the rooftop of the embassy, the queues in the gardens. The surplus Hueys being pushed over the decks of aircraft carriers, and the VC tanks driving into Saigon.
    So many scenes from that war are etched in my mind, and I wasn’t even there.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I was not in a combat unit, but I also remember the many men, and a few women, who did give their “All”.On of the saddest things that I recall is walking past a squad of grunts, with the Sarge, I guess giving what I knew to be a eulogy. The upside-down M-16 in the ground, the pot and the boots. Every one of them knew that that might have been them. And yet, I’m sure that they went out again, and again.

    I’m not a flag-waver, but I did walk onto the Washington Mall at dusk, when “The Wall” was only a few months old. The setting was most spiritual, and that’s not me. BUT, as they build just more and more monuments to war, I wish they would have saved all that money, and built one humongous Monument to Peace! Use the money left over for joint fellowships, reciprocal seminars, like the Israeli-Palestinian Camps held in the states each year.

    President Eisenhower, in the book “Three Days in January” was eloquently quoted, by the author as warning about the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex. The defense industry reaps outside profits on war, generals win stars, and Congressman bring-home the pork. But, the soldiers–on both sides–who are pawns in any war, and the Vietnamese People who were killed, maimed, lost families, villages, etc—-THEY HAVE NO DEEP-POCKETED LOBBYISTS!

    1. Thanx for your comment…..I attended too many of those eulogies when I was there for the 2 and half years…..I like a monument to peace….a good idea too bad there are not more people that like the idea. chuq

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