posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 10:02 PM
Just an observation:
Seems that there are some on this forum, who think that if you didn't come out of the Viet Nam debacle with the same view point as them, then you
somehow or another didn't participate, weren't there, didn't get shot at, receive a Purple Heart or other warrior honors, have a buddy or family
member die, end up in a VA hospital with life long injuries...are then fodder for criticisms, debates about your patriotism, manhood, and any other
slight that can lobbed at them.
Frankly, I am sick of these "johnny come latelys" who have to pound their key boards with their arrogance and bravado and issue effrontery to
someone whom they don't even know.
Apparently, these are the people who have something to prove, thirty some years later.
I needn't explain my tour's of duty to anyone...especially to some buffoon on a blog.
Unless you were assigned to the Lt. General's Air Crew who was in Command of the Fifth Air Force of the Pacific Theater...like I was, then you have
nothing to say about what I saw, was a part of, where I went, or was privy to! I knew the war was over and lost before most...
Where I went, and why, was on a need to know basis only. I could not be detained and asked questions. Some tried, and paid hell for it.
I wore a United Nations Patch on my uniform...which was black with light blue piping, not A.F. Blue or jungle camo green. DID YOU? I wore my rank
insignia on epaulet boards, not on my sleeves. DID YOU? I wore a Command Crew Patch on my sleeve and on my cap! DID YOU? I was issued a 45 cal. auto
pistol. DID YOU CARRY ONE? I answered only to a Lt. General or his Lt. COL under him. No one else! What about YOU? As an ENLISTED NCO, and because of
the significance of my assignment, and designation, I was saluted and returned it as an officer's attache'. DID YOU? I very frequently had an
attache' case cuffed to my left hand. DID YOU? I had a permanent pass to the officer's chow hall. DID YOU? I was billeted in Officer's Housing.
WERE YOU? I was addressed as "SIR". WERE YOU?
I thought not!
I was one of ten such men. We were the last. We were also highly controversial, for there was even a Congressional inquiry about NCO's having such
status, under the auspices of the UN.
Yes, I was drafted,but, managed at the last hour literally, to jump from the clutches of the Army, to the Air Force. Which in of itself, created at
huge kerfuffle of legal wranglings between the Army, Air Force, and our local Congressman, about who actually had legal custody...I won that one!
Gladly I might add...
To those who question my patriotism, and motives, I served a total of 16 1/2 years of accrued time in service. My final grade was E-6, being up for
E-7, with a total of FOUR Honorable discharges...
So, to YOU who think your experiences make you the better man, can take your attitude and show it to someone else who'd be impressed...I'm not!
Bullet wounds or not...
A lot of very good men went into that conflict, and did outstanding jobs, and ought to be respected, regardless of the branch they served in.
Unfortunately, there were others, who coasted through it, doing as little as they could, until they were discharged. I saw both sides of it.
In case you may wonder...I have a liberal arts degree.. which wasn't anything that would qualify for the Officers Academy.
So now you know.