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I Am a Vietnam Veteran

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    '70-'71

    Long Binh, Bien Hoa, Saigon, Newport. 95th MP Battalion, 557th MPCo
    Moose47 Moose47 56-60, M 6 Responses Feb 22, 2009

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    An Khe Vietnam 71

    about the middle of 1971 we moved to lane base near qui-nhon we lost a fue at an khe .when sappers came through the wire and blew up the mooter pool and church i was flite line Gard duty that night .vc was shooting rockets at us from vc hill but our choppers got of the ground and...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M Oct 27, 2012

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    Just Another Guy That Was There.

    I served at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Viet Nam outside what was then Saigon from May 1969 through May 1970.  I was in the Air Force and was a 30650 (AFSC)  AF MOS for you Army types.  That is an Electronic Communications and Cryptographic Equipment Systems Repairman...
    MarriedUnlovedAndAlone MarriedUnlovedAndAlone 61-65, M 20 Responses Aug 30, 2009

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    Dangerous Duty, But None Of The Glory

    I served in the US Navy Amphibious Forces, on board ship. I was in the war zone the last full year of the war; 1972. We were the flag ship and got a lot of the dangerous assignments, including the infamous Haiphong Harbor incidents. We almost got it from Russian migs a couple of...
    anti3tastic anti3tastic 61-65, M Mar 9, 2011

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    Who Should We Salute?

    Just curious, probably too trivial to ask, but who here obtained the highest rank in the military. I was just a lowly E-5, but at age 20 I was put in charge of 18 translators and 5 cryptanalists and so I wore hard stripes for a while.  Any officers on this site?
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 14 Responses Mar 27, 2013

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    Still Unhonered, 2009 Viet Nam Vet

    I am a Viet Nam veteran with ptsd on permanent disability.  I was exposed to agent orange, my son is infertile, I believe due to this exposure.  My wife has asked me to move out, which I have done.  Being on a fixed income of of only 1300/mo, my only...
    hartford hartford 46-50 25 Responses Jan 17, 2009

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    I am not a veteran but was a member of

    Operation Mail Call organized in Johnston, Rhode Island by Arleen Dowe. My name also appeared in the The Tiger. I wrote to 32 soldiers serving in Viet Nam between 1967 to 1970. I would like to communicate with as many of them that would like. My name then was Christine...
    marsgram marsgram 61-65, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    Medic: Delta 1/7 First Cav Vietnam/cambodia 1970

    I was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. Please visit my website if interested in or teaching about the Vietnam war. Medicinthegreentime.com consists of numerous photo illustrated war and post war vignettes, short stories, war poetry, war...
    silverspartan silverspartan 61-65, M 3 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    Korea 1951 Kapyong Vally

    APRIL 25. 26.27WELL hear we go a hike to the top of a norther hill in the dark this will make it interesting .we receive orders that the Chinese cannot take this hill it is the only thing keeping them outof Seoul and under no circumstance must we retreat .well made it to the top...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 12, 2012

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    Ww1april29 To 31 Ypres Hell

    29 April 1915 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>up about noon and had no breakfast. had a good view of the village of the dead, everything in q most most hart braking state .we found a piano and had music.furious shelling started about 4.30 p.m ; and we took to the dugouts almost...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M Oct 25, 2012

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    Vietnam Veteran Purge

    Being a vietnam veteran was not easy for me when i got back.The country was in a uproar over vietnam.Protesters were every where.Civilians and friends tended to re-act differently towards us.The press just killed us in the papers.They say they were doing it for the soldiers...
    StuPedaso StuPedaso 61-65, M 5 Responses Nov 20, 2010

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    Memorial Day 2013

    Anyone going to The Wall besides me, I`ll be wearing some type of navy t-shirt and a white ball cap with a patch that says "ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 2 Responses May 18, 2013

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    I Am Proud To Be A Marine

    I am very happy that our country is showing a lot of support to our troops who are willing to give their all to protect our freedom. It seems like this country has honered our veterans through almost all of our conflicts.I do feel sad that when Viet Nam came around our country...
    colocowgirl colocowgirl 61-65, F 4 Responses Nov 11, 2012

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    Big Red One

    I was with the 1st. Engineer Battalion 1st Infantry Division 1968-1969 and like the rest of my brothers came home to a country that thought we were all baby killer. I had PTSD but no one back them was ready to handle it, but Budweiser and Jack Danials were there for me they...
    LTR1948 LTR1948 61-65, M 3 Responses Jul 4, 2013

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    My Arrival To Rvn

    I was in the USMC  for about a year when i received my orders to go to  3rd FSR(Force Service Reg.) in Okinawa,Japan.I should of known something was up  when they sent us through more advanced infantry training.I had  just turned 18 and very inexperienced in...
    StuPedaso StuPedaso 61-65, M 6 Responses Apr 30, 2010

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    Going Home--the Transistion From Vietnam Soldier To Vietnam Veteran.

    I can remember October 21st, 1971 as if it were yesterday. I was in Cam Rahn Bay, in the Republic of Vietnam preparing to board a commercial Boeing 707 airliner for the trip back to the "States." After one year and two days surviving in a war zone, the time had finally come for...
    mrbill349 mrbill349 66-70, M 10 Responses Jun 18, 2013

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    Korea The Forgotten War

    I THINK THAT IF IT WASN'T FOR MASH WE WOULD HAVE FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT IT .KOREA MY DAD WAS THEIR IN 1951 hear is a couple of stores from him we moved to our new position today bloody cold every thing is frozen we came across a small village .and a site i shall never forget 98...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M 3 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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    Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day 29 March 2012

    "For Immediate Release March 29, 2012  VIETNAM VETERANS DAY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National...
    WilliamC WilliamC 61-65, M 5 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    I served as an MP at a Hawk Missile Site at Cam

    Ranh Bay from April 1966 to April 1967.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    Not Much Of A Homecoming

    September 1968,  "Welcome home.  You have served in an unpopular war.  I recommend that you do not wear your uniform outside this base.  Don't tell strangers where you've been, no  sense in starting a fught.  Put the War behind you and try to blend in with society!"  This...
    pakettle pakettle 66-70, M 6 Responses Sep 23, 2012

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    It Was Night Time In Katong

    it was my time in katong when all broke out bullets started flying from everywhere fireflight broke out 2 of my buddies got hit so I went over to help them the 1 was shot in the shoulder and the other 1 got in his neck I couldn't save him died a hero the fireflight last for 3...
    fireman03 fireman03 70+, M 1 Response Mar 25, 2013

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    66 / 67

    reported killed in action 1/13/1967
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M 1 Response Jun 23, 2011

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    Medic Delta 1/7 First Cav '70

    I was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. Please visit my website if interested in or teaching about the Vietnam war. Medicinthegreentime.com consists of numerous photo illustrated war and post war vignettes, short stories, war poetry, war...
    silverspartan silverspartan 61-65, M Nov 20, 2012

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    1st. Inf. 1st.engs. 68-69

    For the longest time I didn't talk about being a vet. or Viet Nam But then after my divorce I took the time to visit the Wall. I road my harley for Louisiana to DC it's about 24 hour ride and I road strieght through then crashed in a motel out side DC for about 12 hours LOL. I...
    LTR1948 LTR1948 61-65, M 3 Responses Aug 1, 2012

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    I am saddened, annoyed

    and digusted with the scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration about the lack of medical care for our veterans. I won't go off on a rant about how wrong this is. Almost every American should be outraged. Instead, I have a solution. I want to say up front, the solution...
    Ludwigdrummerboy Ludwigdrummerboy 61-65, M 5 Responses May 11

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    Killing For Peace Living, Fighting And Dying In Vietnam

    Like a lot of other young men who came home from Vietnam, I was angry; angry at the waste of young lives in a war that would eventually be repudiated by the majority of the country which had sent us there. I was bitter that the friends I had lost vanished in the ether, with very...
    garryfarrington garryfarrington 66-70, M 4 Responses Jan 14, 2013

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    War And Morality: Often A Contradiction In Terms.

    I am a Christian. I am also a Vietnam Veteran. Often, My Christian beliefs and the fact that I am also a (Proud) Vietnam Vet seem to run opposite directions when it comes to my more gentile and pacifistic Christian brothers and sisters. To them, I apologize in advance for what I...
    mrbill349 mrbill349 66-70, M 3 Responses Jun 6, 2013

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    Part Of My Story

    Viet Nam was a UN war right after world war 2, we went in order to help the French fight, and they left. To me, Viet Nam it was just another  from of birth control for the working class, as you seldom saw anyone from a rich family on the ground fighting.   Mommy and daddy...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Dec 28, 2012

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    Daughter Of A Vietnam Veteran

    My father Donald "Hoss" Caldwell better known as "Doc Hoss" passed August 7th 2012. My dad was in my eyes the most amazing man in the world. He flew Dust Off in Vietnam. When he told me the stories he sounded like such a hero. But behind his eyes there was the horror of what he...
    whatistheprob whatistheprob 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 1, 2013

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    The Wall 2013

    For the First time in 25 years I`m going to go to The Wall, I went there in 1988 and did not shed a tear for all my brothers that never came home. It did effect me cause I promised myself I would never go back but the past several years I have felt extremely bad since I realized...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 5, 2013

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    I Am A Vietnam Veteran

    I lost my left leg in Vietnam War I have the Bronze Star 3 purple hearts and to marine crosses into that punk who says we didn't fight for his freedom if it wasn't for our soldiers he wouldn't have no freedom Sempner Fi my fellow vets I think a dame sham that when I came home...
    fireman03 fireman03 70+, M 3 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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    Uncle Sandy

    On my way home before reporting to Oakland for deployment to Vietnam. I stopped my aunt's house to talk to my Uncle Eugene Sandmann. He was one of the those unlucky bastards who sat in the bleaches with sunglasses to watch the A bomb tests. He died of leukemia while I was...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 2 Responses Oct 7, 2012

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    Lovebug, Lovebug, This Is Charley One, Over

    May 1968, Hell was upon us, our Lieutenant was unconscious, rifle platoon commander bleeding like a fire hose, and nothing left of our radioman. I recall today the cry for help. "Charley One, Charley One, this is Lovebug, what is your situation, Over. " "Lovebug, Lovebug, this...
    Jones47 Jones47 61-65, M 4 Responses May 18, 2013

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    First In, Last Out

    I was with the Army Security Agency and our motto was "first in, last out". The first american killed in the war was a kid named James Davis in 1964, I believe. He was ASA. I was the last one to leave Saigon, six weeks after the ceasefire but two of my guys were still there...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 2 Responses Sep 24, 2012

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    I'M A Vietnam Veteran

    I'm a Vietnam veteran and I think it was sad the way we were treated when we came home It was like that no one cared You're treated like murderers and rapists and cold us child killers I still can't remember them words when I got off the plane
    fireman03 fireman03 70+, M 11 Responses Apr 24, 2013

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    I'M A Vietnam Veteran And I Get Flashbacks Every Other Night

    I'm a Vietnam veteran and I get flashbacks every other night it is horrifying hair would wish that on nobody the things I seen over there scare the heart of younger generation can I write this story so you are younger generation understand what happened to Vietnam there was a lot...
    fireman03 fireman03 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 9, 2013

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    Vietnam Legacy

      It has been thirty-nine years since i returned home from Vietnam.I can remember most everything that i did over there.Except the names of the people i served with.I don't know if this is natural or not.To hear other vets talk they can rattle off the names of all there...
    StuPedaso StuPedaso 61-65, M 6 Responses Sep 19, 2010

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    On This Veteran's Day

    I think back .... to those days in the late-60s ...I wasn't proud of the US role over there .... nor was I happy with the way it was conducted ...I wasn't proud of some of the things I did ...But, I am proud that I gave back to the country that raised me .... that I gave serviceI...
    AllAboutLaffs AllAboutLaffs 61-65, M 11 Responses Nov 11, 2011

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    Navy Vietnam Veteran

    Since most of the stories about Vietnam, then and now refer to Army and Marines, most folks have no idea that the Navy was there, in-country and in force. Those of the public who do know we were there think of our presence in PBR's and the Swiftboats that John Kerry made...
    texasbfe texasbfe 61-65, M 7 Responses Nov 20, 2010

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    Ww 1 Poem

    THE TURRET TOWERS THAT STOOD IN AIR,SHELTERED A FOE MAN SNIPING THERE_THEY FOUND, WHO FELL TO THE SNIPERS AIM,A FIELD OF DEATH ON THE FIELD OF FAME;AND STIFF IN KHAKI THE BOYS WERE LAIDTO THE SNIPERS TOLL AT THE BARRICADE,BUT THE QUICK WENT CLATTERING THROUGH THE TOWN,SHOT AND...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M Oct 27, 2012

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    Gunline (op Sea Dragon) 1968

    The big adventure that turned into a misadventure. RIP shipmates lost.
    sailon sailon 61-65, M 2 Responses Sep 12, 2010

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    Leters Home 1917 -2012 Remembrance Day Lest We Forget

    TO ALL THOES WHO SERVED AND DIED WE SHALL NOT FORGET YOUR SACRIFICE DEAR ROSE I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T BEEN MORE PUNCHUAL BUT IT HAS BEEN HARD TO FIND THE TIME TO RIGHT . IT HASN'T'T STOPPED RAINING HEAR FOR 3 WEEKS THE SKIN ON MY FEET LOOKS LIKE YOUR MOTHERS JELLY HA HA .THE HUN...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 8, 2012

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    I Am Proud I Served In Vietnam

    I feel are scary things I have flashbacks every night and I am so happy that I serve there I lost my leg lost half my arm I am proud I served and to the rocky into young service men are serving now I salute you Semper Fi
    fireman03 fireman03 70+, M 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    Recently read in a VA newsletter,

    one Vietnam Veteran dies every 16 seconds. For myself and a few close combat veteran friends, we are trying to be the last living Vietnam Veteran.
    Jones47 Jones47 61-65, M 4 Responses Feb 3

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    The Real Victums Of The Viet Nam War

    Think many times the truly forgot our are families or the families of the vet that came straight home out of combat.  Our families have to make  have to make the same adjustments.  as we the vet erian did , but they do not understand why. Much time  anything will flash us...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Mar 17, 2013

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    The Wall

    The Wall, almost 60,000 names of young American men died in that God forsaken country and thousands more came home to die. Our country, our government, our friends and family turned their backs on us. I went to The Wall in 1988 and promised myself I would never go back, here it...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M Mar 2, 2013

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