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    National Vietnam War Veterans Day – March 29

    I'd like to extend honor to my fellow Vietnam War era Veterans on this first ever National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Thanks to all that served and sacrificed.

    President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017. Thank you Sir.

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    Thank you for this post.

    I just called my Dad to say "Thank You". Servicemen were viewed totally different during the Vietnam era - not rearguard as heroes.

    He learned a lot, became a great leader, and grew in his faith from his experience. He gives speeches at high schools about the war - he documented his experience well.

    He led a platoon of 8-12 men on patrols with a M113 personnel carrier tank - His group included 7-8 tanks, including the M551 Sheridan and some others.

    He manned the 50 cal on the top of the M113 tank and Dad still has BALLS OF STEEL to this day.

    Thanks Dad and all the servicemen that served in Vietnam - and in any conflict. Great job Guys and Gals!
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    Wish there was more notice or media coverage on this than one day. If I wasn't browsing through TW Forum I wouldn't have even known.
    Nevertheless... a long time coming for those that served, way overdue. Makes me feel very sorry and embarrassed.

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    What a surprise, It's been over 50 years since it began. Americans involved in shooting situation began in the early 60s. It didn't get much PR until 65 when the fit hit the shan.
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    A huge thank you to all who served in Vietnam! It was the mistreatment of those returning that helped open the eyes of real Americans to stand up and say never again. It is about time the soldiers of that era are properly recognized.



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    1972, 3 of us in full uniform coming home on a 2 week pass and walking through Penn Station and we needed a police escort to get to our buses for the final leg of our trip to our towns. After that I flew out to San Diego and again in full uniform on what they called Military Stand by flights. Not much resistance in the airport but when I got on the plane a few people started heckling me and a Marine on the same flight so the stewardess came and moved both of us up to first class and man did they take care of us all the way. The Marine was a combat vet while I was USN and just going for training and never saw any in country combat. Did not matter, that stewardess fed us like we were true heroes and loaded our carry on bags with those little airline liquor bottles and on landing she got us off first. For the two weeks while I was at home even kids I went to HS with shunned me because I was serving, kind of hard to disguise myself with a military white wall short hair cut while all the others had hair to their shoulders. Even my own sister, a full blown liberal was anti war and totally against both me and my brother serving even though every male in our family served during one war or the other over the many years. That war changed this country and certainly not for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    1972, 3 of us in full uniform coming home on a 2 week pass and walking through Penn Station and we needed a police escort to get to our buses for the final leg of our trip to our towns. After that I flew out to San Diego and again in full uniform on what they called Military Stand by flights. Not much resistance in the airport but when I got on the plane a few people started heckling me and a Marine on the same flight so the stewardess came and moved both of us up to first class and man did they take care of us all the way. The Marine was a combat vet while I was USN and just going for training and never saw any in country combat. Did not matter, that stewardess fed us like we were true heroes and loaded our carry on bags with those little airline liquor bottles and on landing she got us off first. For the two weeks while I was at home even kids I went to HS with shunned me because I was serving, kind of hard to disguise myself with a military white wall short hair cut while all the others had hair to their shoulders. Even my own sister, a full blown liberal was anti war and totally against both me and my brother serving even though every male in our family served during one war or the other over the many years. That war changed this country and certainly not for the better.

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    None of that happened {in small town Celina, Ohio} ...although there were a few who really were against the war, the upbringings of them and the shear number of us that served from the area, left little doubt that this Christian/Catholic Conservative County and Towns in it, were squarely behind those that served...I was never shunned or hassled for serving...off to college it was a different story, but most of those gutless a~holes didn't have the balls to confront you one on one....and they are the ones that are now running the courts, Governments, and left wing BureauRats filled holes around the States and DC these days...
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    I am grateful to all who have served our country in the military. It is wrong to blame soldiers for war when they are not the reason it exists. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." Thanks to all who gave their lives, risked their lives or who had life changing injuries. Thanks to you all because you served for family, friends, and strangers.

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    I have often thought the catalyst to the opposition of The War in Vietnam was the draft, or conscription. Take the draft out of the equation and very few people would have cared. On the flip side, add conscription to the war in Iraq or Afghanistan or the Middle East, what ever it is, and there will be huge antiwar demonstrations and antiwar protests that will rival those of the 1960's.

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