Posts tagged ‘Viet Nam War’

May 28, 2010

DON’T YOU REMEMBER US?

by lewwaters

by Lew Waters
Viet Nam Veteran

Tearful RememberancesI remember that day long ago when I decided to join the Military. I know you can’t remember that day, but I do. I hoped I might not have to travel half way around the world to fight in that war long ago.

You looked proud of me then, but I could see the fear in your eyes. I could feel the apprehension inside of me, fear of the unknown, Basic Training, maybe fighting. But I went because it was the right thing to do.

I remember feeling so proud to put on the uniform and having my photo taken during Basic Training and how in your letter you said I looked all grown up and how proud you were of me.

I remember completing Basic and being sent off for more training in the skill the Military would assign me and the day towards the end when my orders came, telling me that I was being sent off to that far away land. I was going to war to help preserve someone else’s freedom and stand against those who would oppress others.

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March 29, 2010

America’s Most Shameful Day, April 30, 1975

by lewwaters

UPDATE: It’s been a few years since I penned this and we now approach another anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Sadly, American leaders repeated this shameful action in 2011 as once again, our Military was forced to abandon a struggling ally in the Middle East with the same result, despots and radicals overrunning the region, murdering innocent people by the droves and increasing unrest in the region. Little wonder other nations look upon America as a “paper tiger” and weak nation.

Few people today realize that April 30 is a day of remembrance for a minority within our country. A Minority of aging Military Veterans as well as new citizens fortunate enough to have made it to our country after escaping the bonds of Communism that remember, but not celebrate.

April 30, 1975 I was still in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after three years in Germany and 18 months prior to that in the Central Highlands of South Viet Nam, where American Troops were fighting for the freedoms of the South Vietnamese People.

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