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 is what I tried to do.  Yes I was turned down for jobs as I was a Vet.
Years later I was asked by a High School senior about my service.  He explained how he had been taught that My generation was nothing more than drugged up, kill crazed degenerates.  While I can't speak for every person that served,  the men I served with were the best of the best of my generation.  GOD BLESS THEM. 

Saw a patch on a fellow veterans jacket that sums it up nicely----IF YOU WEREN'T THERE,  SHUT THE **** UP
pakettle pakettle
70+, M
6 Responses Sep 23, 2012

Know the feeling. Lost a good friend and two cousins. Got sent home early cause I was the last with the family name after that. Thanks


nam been there came home i say fu#K ALL thoes fu#k sticks
wen i came back from ziare we wear told to take of our uniforms before we got on the plain
you probily dident even know we wer their it was worse

I too have heard the same thing, pot smoking, gun toting, ear chopping crazies. But, like you said, the best guys in the world. Do kids now days have brothers like we had?

It was disgusting the way you Vietnam Vets were treated! It is different here now in Australia. The public acknowledges the treatment our Vets received was despicable - they were conscripted for goodness sake! Again, I personally apologise for those critical fools.

I went aboard the HMAS HOBART right after it pulled in to Subic Bay. It had been attacked a couple of US Air Force F-105's. It was one of the coverups that I remember vividly. Auzzies were great allies. I went aboard to check on the welfare of a Steward Thurley whom I had befriended a few weeks before. I left just before the Navy sealed off the pier.

Amen brother. The hardest thing about being in Vietnam was not the war, but the way this country treated us then and the last 45 years. To this day, no wants to remember Vietnam or the young men and women who served there. Some of them still think of us as baby killers. Chao, ban toi.