My salute to all Vietnam Vets who fought


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nathan
January 4, 2010, 11:06 PM
hard against the NVA and VCs !

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/inside-the-vietnam-war-3891/Overview#tab-Videos/07173_00

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CPLofMARINES
January 6, 2010, 08:21 PM
The VC that was being dragged by his ankles would probably get a court
appointed defense attorney, today.:cuss::cuss::cuss:




Semper Fi!!

RonE
January 6, 2010, 11:56 PM
Thank you!

sprocket3
January 7, 2010, 01:48 AM
Welcome home men!

You faught a hard war and should be all be treated like heros. I don't think very many people have a clue what it was really like over there.

sheepdog
January 7, 2010, 09:08 AM
...I never miss a chance to put a hand on a uniformed shoulder...and I never miss a chance to honor those who fought in Nam only to come home to a country which tried to shame their service...I get real loud real quick about that...this country's best hope has always been the returning serviceman who knows what life is about...what it costs and what it's worth...and has fought tooth and nail so he could come home and live his....and we can live ours...gotta love our servicemen and servicewomen!!!


Semper Fi!!!

chuckusaret
January 7, 2010, 09:20 AM
The VC that was being dragged by his ankles would probably get a court
appointed defense attorney, today.

Nobama would have had the Marine that was dragging the POW charged with failure to inform the POW of his rights and mistreatment of a POW, and ordered him before a court martial and thrown in the stockade.

bikerdoc
January 7, 2010, 09:33 AM
Thank you sir.
101 st Airborne 3/187 medic 68-69

Now to keep this gun related prevent it being locked state your favorite weapon.

Me, an M1 carbine I got from the ARVN. light and deadly at close range, plus a 45 that was older than I was at the time.

sheepdog
January 7, 2010, 09:40 AM
...I got the M14 in boot camp, then learned all it could do...then went to Infantry training and they gave me this black plastic rifle...I felt robbed...

chuckusaret
January 7, 2010, 10:23 AM
Thank you sir.
101 st Airborne 3/187 medic 68-69

Thank you for your service to this great country........

My last tour was in Company "C" 101st Avn Bn (Blackwidows) 101st Abn Div Hue/Phu Bia 1970 and 71

US Army Retired

nulfisin
January 7, 2010, 10:44 AM
Dittos on the salute. But I extend it to anyone who stands up tall and wears the uniform, in combat or not. To keep it gun related, how do you of the Nam vintage think the current AR-15 pieces stack up against the ones y'all used?

Water-Man
January 7, 2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks. Didn't get much of a reception when I came home.

eastbank
January 7, 2010, 11:40 AM
came home late at night and didn,t go out of the house for 10 days, only my familey and good friends came to see me. my older brother was still there and my younger brother was just going. that was in 1968. eastbank.

TCB in TN
January 7, 2010, 11:43 AM
Thank you guys for all you did. I have family that served in Nam and heard plenty of stories about what they had to endure. My hats off to all you guys. Shame that you didn't get the respect you deserved when you came back. I wasn't born till 70, so didn't really live through the era, but growing up I read everything I could get my hands on about it. IMHO the way our country treated you guys who came back is pathetic and you deserved much better. It may not be much, and it is sure to late, but you have my thanks.

Tim the student
January 7, 2010, 12:24 PM
Indeed, a thank you for all vets, but especially to all of those who didn't get the welcome home that I did.

101 st Airborne 3/187 medic 68-69

And a bigger thanks to the medics (since I was a medic too). It always seemed like the medics got pissed on, until the blood starts flowing. Then, the medics are everyone's best friend. Not many understand what a medic goes through in combat. Thanks for your service Bikerdoc.

Weedy
January 7, 2010, 12:41 PM
Medic here as well, Walter Reed 2000-2003. THANK YOU Vietnam vets, I've always thought it was a shame the way you guys were treated by your fellow Americans. Many of us have nothing but the greatest respect for you guys.

EAJ
January 7, 2010, 01:19 PM
Thanks. Didn't get much of a reception when I came home.

+1, thanks. We didn’t serve to receive special treatment, but some positive acknowledgement that we served our country would have been helpful during such an unpopular war. I’m pleased to see that we don’t treat our current service personnel in this manner. It’s my belief that community or military service should be mandatory for all citizens of this country. God bless all who have and are serving our country. Sure would like to get Veterans Day off once during my lifetime. I may have to wait until retirement. ;)

James T Thomas
January 7, 2010, 01:20 PM
The gratitude and recognition is welcome, but please extend it one little bit further.

Put some boots on it and get out and vote in the coming elections!
That adds a sincerity and heart warming thanks to all the veterans of all the preceding wars fought by our young men.

I too felt robbed, Sheepdog.
Or rather "slighted" that the civilian directors of the military personnel would not think enough of their sacrifice and welfare; as to provide such equipment.

I loved the M-14 battle rifle!

sprocket3
January 7, 2010, 01:26 PM
Thanks guys! That was a mess over there.

My father was there. He told me the first time he used his M16 in combat the trigger system broke on him. Also said that they would spend lots of time trying to keep the ammo perfectly clean. Guys would take apart mags and unload them, then clean all the rounds and put them back together if they had some down time. Cleaning everything in hopes that they would not jam. A little different from the AKs and the dig it out of the mud idea.

He is not a big AR15 fan. Has a ruger Mini 14 instead. Good to know they got that fixed.

foghornl
January 7, 2010, 01:28 PM
To those that have served and/or are now serving, A most sincere "Thank You!" and a sweeping tip of the hat.

To those that have gone on to the next world, or did not return, a moment of silence, and then the multi-gun Salute.

eastbank
January 7, 2010, 01:52 PM
yes a big THANKS to the medic,s and the med evac chopper jocks who were willing to spill their blood to save mine. tho the plexi glass was shot out and half of the insterments were gone and hyd fluid was leaking and the shafts of light showed where the bullets had gone, you never wavered and thought only of my life and not yours. god bless you all, then and now eastbank.

jkingrph
January 7, 2010, 01:55 PM
My salute also. The USAF decided to send me to SW Asia (Turkey) vs SE Asia in 1972, so never saw Vietnam duty.

nathan
January 7, 2010, 02:02 PM
HEres a website with many nostalgic pics . Im not related to this Vet. He appears to be assigned in lll Corp base duty.

http://www.allanfurtado.com/tableofcontents.html

Byron
January 7, 2010, 05:35 PM
As I look back, I find it was an honor to serve. Coming Home in 69 was not good with some family and friends turning on me. Went back to MTSU in January 70 and found a un-welcoming student body. The faculty went out of their way to help us though.I am a Blessed man for my wife of 39 years hung in there with me in some tough times. I was with D Co.,3/8th Inf,4th Inf Div 68-69 as an 11-B and served with the finest men I have ever known.We started finding each other in the late 90's and that meant everything. Byron

AirForceShooter
January 7, 2010, 05:40 PM
Thank you!
__________________
I just don't understand, when I left Viet Nam, we were winning.

We were always winning.
Congress lost it not us.


USAF 19 TASS
1st ATF
Call sign: Jade

AFS

surjimmy
January 7, 2010, 05:53 PM
I had 3 uncles over there, we were very blessed they all came home with no physical damage. Bless all who served and lets not forget the families who went through hell while they were gone. USMC 84-88

wishin
January 7, 2010, 06:19 PM
I left Feb '68, just after The Tet Offensive started. After a year there, I was really concerned about not making it back!

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words. I never hesitate to thank every service member I encounter today.

d2wing
January 7, 2010, 06:30 PM
Thank from another VV.

sheepdog
January 7, 2010, 06:34 PM
...I work every day (when we have work:D) with a Nam vet Ex-Pow...who came home to the crap and just dug in and beat it...made a good life and raised 2 of his own and 3 of another wife's ....69 now and it still hurts him how he was treated...my blood boils when he talks of it...the first time I hugged him and thanked him he cried...we've been neighbors about 8 years and worked together about 6...no finer man walks the earth ...

leadcounsel
January 7, 2010, 09:57 PM
I also salute the veterans.

bikerdoc
January 8, 2010, 07:07 AM
My last tour was in Company "C" 101st Avn Bn (Blackwidows) 101st Abn Div Hue/Phu Bia 1970 and 1971

US Army Retired

Yes sir Chuck, good people.

[QUOTEThanks for your service Bikerdoc. [/QUOTE]
rRght back at you Tim. But nobody screwed with this Doc.

Any M60 gunners out there? The pig could get some!

Onesiphorus
January 8, 2010, 07:12 AM
Thank You very much!
B Troop 3/17 Air Cav
Crew Cheif / Door Gunner

chuckusaret
January 8, 2010, 10:37 AM
What is really sad is that many of the people who demonstrated against the Viet nam war and veterans, or their children, are our leaders of today.

19-3Ben
January 8, 2010, 11:34 AM
I was born in '84, so the war was long over and I missed all of the hatred toward the vets etc... but when I hear of it, it angers me.
Thank you so much to all of you who served. The title of the thread says it's a salute to all VV's who fought. I thank you all, whether or not you fought, and i thank everyone who has ever served. it is because of all you fine men and women that our country became (and remains) great.

Byron
January 8, 2010, 11:43 AM
Do not forget the Nurses.They had to patch us up,if possible,maintain their composure for the combat troops. I checked out of the hospital in Dec 68 to go back to my company.Putting my Boonie hat, one nurse broke down.She said when you put your hats on,I see the individual and know what you are going back to. Byron

ronto
January 8, 2010, 07:11 PM
Thank you...And may God bless the souls of those on The Wall.

MJ
January 8, 2010, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the memories.

...MJ...
67/68
Kontum
Dak TO

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/14f427a3.jpg

TomADC
January 8, 2010, 11:59 PM
MJ somewhere I have a picture very close to that, taken at Danang 1970
Did a few tours there both in country and on the USS Kitty Hawk.

saturno_v
January 9, 2010, 12:15 AM
I just don't understand, when I left Viet Nam, we were winning.

In your dreams....

rWt
January 9, 2010, 12:18 AM
Artillery FO and FDO with the 101st Abn, 1/502 Strike, 1968 and 1969. Hue to the Au Shau Valley.

M16 --backed up by 105 howitzers, Cobra and AC-47 gunships and F4's.

Welcome home!

84B20
January 9, 2010, 01:48 AM
...I got the M14 in boot camp, then learned all it could do...then went to Infantry training and they gave me this black plastic rifle...I felt robbed...
That's funny, when I left for Nam they gave me two M16's, one for me and one to replaced another soldiers firearm. When I arrived in country they took both M16's away and gave me an M14. Go figure!

Farnham
January 9, 2010, 01:50 AM
Thank you, veterans. In boot camp, we learned about Khe Sanh and Hue (yes, they still teach us those lessons learned), and I've since read about the Au Shau, and never have I been as proud to claim brotherhood with any group of men as I am to claim my time as a United States Marine. You done good, gentlemen, and the new generation that fought through Basrah and Fallujah and Babylon mirrors that dedication to duty and brother. Never a finer group of magnificent bastards has been assembled.

Semper Fidelis, Marines, and thank you Army, Navy, and Air Force veterans.

hatchetbearer
January 9, 2010, 02:38 AM
Another thanks to the men and women of times long past. you held the fort down till i could step up and relive you. Enjoy your downtime, you deserve it.

Now if they can get my happy ass into the fight.

Semper Fi,

ms6852
January 9, 2010, 11:40 PM
A big hearty salute to all my brothers and sisters who were in Vietnam. I bow to your courage and your love of our country. I am pround of all our soldiers then and now.

CH47gunner
January 10, 2010, 01:03 AM
bikerdoc -
"Any M60 gunners out there? The pig could get some!"

Onesiphorus -
"B Troop 3/17 Air Cav
Crew Cheif / Door Gunner"


Doorgunners count as M60 gunners right!?
I was also a Doorgunner/Crewchief crewing CH47C Chinook helicopters.
I've always been proud of my service no matter what the politicians said.

Bruce

RVN 12/2/69 - 12/4/70
213th Assault Support Helicopter Company (BlackCats)
1st Aviation Brigade
III Corps
Phu Loi

chihuahuatn
January 10, 2010, 01:16 AM
If you are able,
save for them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

~to my father and all those who served in Vietnam

navyretired 1
January 10, 2010, 01:27 AM
I've never felt so sure that I'd make it home, but I did twice. Made many friends for life many who are gone now. I spent 24 more years and never regreted one minute.
I refused to wear any ribbon or medal awarded in RVN as I don't think you display last place awards.
I seriously think you for the kind words, I wish to pass on that thanks to the ones who serve now the Pols have been trying to demonize them to.
GOD BLESS ALL MY SHIPMATES, WE"LL MEET AGAIN and the Ba Mai Ba is on me

I must go now as salt water is getting on keyboard and that feeling of helplessness is here with me..

Tim the student
January 10, 2010, 02:27 AM
I refused to wear any ribbon or medal awarded in RVN as I don't think you display last place awards.

No offense, but I think you should. That war wasn't lost because of anything the men on the ground (sea/air, whatever) did. You earned them. Your tears prove you did.

Inpursuit
January 10, 2010, 03:26 AM
It is one oclock in the morning here in Texas and reading these posts brings back a lump in my stomach and a tear to my eye just remembering. I'm 63 years old now and served 3 tours in the Nam and don't remember anyone ever saying thanks for anything related to those years. I'm now 70% disabled as a result of that period of my life. But don't get me wrong I'm not complaining not one bit. If I had it all to do over again I would step right up and board the plane again.

Thank you for remembering.

Lets all not ever forget our brothers and sisters in arms who have served and are serving today. Every time we see someone in uniform lets not forget to tell them thanks for their service, it just might brighten their day a bit to know that we care.

rocky branch
January 10, 2010, 05:52 AM
I got home alive and reasonably intact after 2 tours.
Nobody ever spit on me or gave me a hard time.
I never expected thanks, only what I had earned.

I used my GI bill.
I got a decent job with vet preference. I managed to kep it and retire, though it was tough at times. Same for anybody.
I get VA care for wounds and medical issues.
I earned that stuff.

I went to lots of reunions and memorial dedications all over the country.
Including the original Wall Dedication in 1982.
I pretty much only associate with vets if I can manage it.

I've been home 40 years.
I'd do it again.

memphisjim
January 10, 2010, 06:14 AM
i love the misconceptions about vietnam
they allow me to know who was in it and who wasnt

saturno_v
January 10, 2010, 06:45 AM
No offense, but I think you should. That war wasn't lost because of anything the men on the ground (sea/air, whatever) did. You earned them. Your tears prove you did.

I agree..boots on the ground were not responsible for the loss, they followed orders and did all they could.

The problem is with the "oak meeting table warriors" that sent young men in harm's way in an unwinnable war (short of carpet nuking).

I would pass a constitutional amendment that would force politician's kids to be sent to the frontline in every war declared by congress....unfortunately wars are always fought by the little people...everywhere.

We are still economically paying (very dearly) the price of that war when we were forced to abandon the gold standard in 1971 thus enabling the current financial system casino that empowered the parasite class even more and submerged America in a pile**** of debt.

I hope and pray for the kids we are sending to Afghanistan....I'm afraid that is probably going to be another bottomless pit...that area of the world is sadly well known historically as the "Empire's graveyard"

Let's hope for a different outcome or to smarten up at some point, declare victory and leave.

navyretired 1
January 10, 2010, 11:27 AM
helps. (Me)

sheepdog
January 10, 2010, 11:34 AM
...this thread has been for honoring our Vets who didn't get much honor bestowed when they came home...it's been a good thing...get off the Obama thing so that it doesn't get closed...it doesn't belong here...
...and thank you for YOUR service, Sir!!!

navyretired 1
January 10, 2010, 11:38 AM
Yes sir right away sir, we know Pols had nothing to do with our homecoming and treatment from RVN.

sheepdog
January 10, 2010, 11:41 AM
...the point, Sir, is keeping the thread open for the benefit of all...and political rants will get it closed...not allowed here...though definitely pertinent to the discussion...

taliv
January 10, 2010, 11:52 AM
in deference to our esteemed vets, we let this obviously off-topic thread run a little longer than normal

regards to all,

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