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I Am a Vietnam Veteran

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Speech I Gave At My Daughter's School This Past November (veteran's Day)

    My knees were shaking but I gripped the podium and spoke and gestured to my young audience.  They were all eyes and ears and God was with me.  I ran over my "ten minute" window for speaking, but they didn't seem to mind.  Here is the story I told... I was standing at...
    harryrlarsen2002 harryrlarsen2002 61-65 1 Response Feb 27, 2011

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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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    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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    The Big Pond

    i was nav air i did some time there in 68 5 miles off the coast and water braking over the flight deck 100ft high what fun
    alr135 alr135 61-65 3 Responses Sep 29, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    No One Saw Us When We Came Home

    I have a good life, good family and a nice home. So why do I feel lonely and empty? Vietnam war is in my thoughts all the time. The way I felt when I was there, the way I felt when I came home. No one thanked us, it hurts.
    dacarri dacarri 61-65, M 4 Responses Jun 5, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Blue Water, Blue Sailor.

    My name is Irwin Shattuck and I enlisted in the USN July of 1971 and after ten weeks of boot camp in San Diego, CA. I was stationed on the USS Bradley DE 1041 who had just returned from it's last tour to Vietnam. After one year in dry docks in Long Beach, CA. and five weeks of...
    Irwin1952 Irwin1952 56-60 5 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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    Now Im Posting Some Of My Grandfarthers Letters From Ww1 We Arnt Alone

    1915 30 December ........ same routine as before. still no war! at about lunch time however a message came down the line to say that the Germans had sent across to say that their General was coming along in the afternoon, so we had better keep down, as they might have to do a...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 24, 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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    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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    Funny How Things Happen.

    My older brother always thought of himself as a tough guy. When he got his draft notice in June of 1970 he ran off to join the Marines. I enlisted in the Army a month later, even though I had rather high draft number. Mostly I just wanted to escape my homelife, but the GI Bill...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T Sep 26, 2012

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    What Did You Tell Your Kids?

    I never talked much about Vietnam, with my friends and family. My wife asked about it a few times when we were dating but I never said much. Then, when my daughter was leaving for college, she asked the big question, "did you ever kill anyone?" I didn't know exactly how to...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T Sep 23, 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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    What Do You Think?

    When I first found this site this morning there was a story posted by someone 46-50 who claimed to be a VN vet. Got me to thinking. Say the guy is 50. That means he was born in 1962. The war ended in 1973, which puts him at no more than 11, 13 when we closed the embassy in...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 4 Responses Sep 23, 2012

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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 Real Vet

    was C130  crew chief in Viet Namwe flew combat support missions ~   i took fire and fired my weapon ~   lost hearing in bombing in Saigon ~ shared space with "Ranch Hands"i signed a paper that was being passed around to the crew chiefs    it was a one month early out for...
    rdavids rdavids 66-70 3 Responses Feb 13, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Welcome Home (you Old Fart)

    That duce and half with about 15 grunts on it, one of them jumped off and asked me if I could get them some booze. I was E5 and they couldn't buy it. I said sure, ran in to the PX and got it for them. I heard the next day that most of those guys got wounded or killed that...
    dacarri dacarri 61-65, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    The First Time

    I had been in country about three weeks when I experienced my first rocket attack. We had just come off the 12 hour night shift and Paul and I were in the showers when we heard four whups in the distance, and it didn't sound like our outgoing mortars. We were looking at each...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 1 Response Sep 24, 2012

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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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    Seabee

    I did two tour of Vietnam. 1969-70 and 1970-71 I was proud to serve with the men in my Battalion and Seabee Team. I have two Agent Orange Sevice disabilities. Seems like the "chemical clock" is ticking for most of us that served In Country! "Construimus Batuimus!"
    namvet2x namvet2x 56-60, M 4 Responses Jan 27, 2011

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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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    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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    Y

    y wear we their wear will we go next we live and die fore no purpose ore gain nothing but pain i need a cane to walk booze to help me fore get but the shadows of days gone past still rise like a serpent raising its ugly head a fue Moor pain pills anti depression pills and wash it...
    SINGLHURST SINGLHURST 56-60, M 3 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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    Well Almost

    i went into the service on 12.20.1976 which technically is the vietnam era but the war was over by then but i would have served proudly if called to do so
    seadragon59 seadragon59 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 31, 2011

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    Good Beer, Bad Beer

    Did any of you experience this monthly phenomenon? At the beginning of every month the PX was stocked with all brands of beer from floor to ceiling. By the end of the month the only thing left, without fail, was carling Black Lable. They'd mark it down to a dollar a case...
    PinksWoman PinksWoman 61-65, T 5 Responses Sep 27, 2012

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Really I'm normal and i live in Washington. I was born in Japan, but my family and me are full Vietnamese. On my mom's side all my cousins and relatives live in Vietnam. On my dad...
    band1285058 band1285058 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    ***A VETERAN*** Whether on active duty, retired, national guard or reserve, or justserved, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United...
    ken757 ken757 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 4

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    Not long ago, I read in a newspaper that a veteran was having to sell his medals that he earned in WW2 to pay his rent/bills.. Makes me so angry!
    clurrby clurrby 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 7

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    I would like to thank our veterans from Canada as they have served, sacrificed and lost friends...they have given a huge price just to keep us safe:) and I would also like to thank...
    DavidWahlstrom123 DavidWahlstrom123 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I think that's very sad. I'm gonna research why this happens. War is no joke and I think it's sad that someone who's already been through so much should have to face a whole other...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    26 years active duty army, enlisted and officer time.
    hoosierdaddy62 hoosierdaddy62 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    Retired in 2006 and have been having a great time as a T-6 Texan simulator instructor. 20 years in the AF as a pilot. What a great life and job.
    shadowplt shadowplt 46-50, M Apr 4

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    i have been fighting with the phx VA for 18 months trying to get surgery in my neck which is still not scheduled and has taken so long that tests have had to be redone, tests which...
    gumba30 gumba30 26-30, M Apr 9

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    Thank you . http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9TNG8IQNI
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 10

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    my dad was in the army. He had a girlfriend in north korea until he came home. I wasnt around then but he adopted me around may of 2001. He recently died of liver cancer, after...
    megawolf13 megawolf13 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I was an intelligence analyst. I deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. I "saw" combat all the time, through the reports and the pictures coming across my desk. I was...
    cw2pieper cw2pieper 31-35, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I sat in class fidgeting, the clock ticked nonchalantly but within my head, I was mentally shaken at the class' silence and boredness. I look to my left and right, the teacher is...
    louisrcac louisrcac 13-15, M Mar 22

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    If Dead-ness Is Next to GodlinessEuphemisms are popular in military language to hide the unpleasant nature of the work. This is particularly the case when it comes to killing...
    WilliamC WilliamC 61-65, M 1 hr ago

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