posted on May, 6 2013 @ 12:19 PM
reply to post by Pladuim
You never know who was in or what they did. It is not about glory and suicide rates a very high.
I have known my brother in law for almost 10 years and I just found out recently he was in the AF pararescue. It happened like this.
We were watching a show on Discovery about survival skills and I heard him chuckle when they were trying to do something in the show to 'survive'
and so we started discussing survival technique. He told me what the 'supposed 10 year spec op' on the show was saying was bs, so I asked him if he
knew anyone who had been in the service. He then told me when he was in, what he was and I was a little shocked. When I found out what he had been, I
just sat back and said, #, those guys go through hell to get what they achieve and what they do. They get out those who got themselves into the thick.
You would never know if you saw him. That is the point though...we do not know.
My father and his brother in law were both in Vietnam(Cambodia),my uncle 61-65 and my father 63-67. They never talked about what they did until my
father got older and finally talked a little but not in regret. Just a little drunk and finally allowing himself years later to remember. My father
was a small Irishman at 5'5' so i can give you a guess to what his specialty became but he never talked about what he did or saw. They always told
me those that talk are bull# and true warriors were silent. it was not until he died my uncle told me how they 'met' before my uncle married my
dad's sister and finally learned what my dad had done when over there. I have his eagle(patch) and his flag from his burial in my home. How he lived
with what happened there i have no idea.
I also have many friends who were in 87-96 time frame who did not come home ok from their ventures overseas. Panama...Grenada...Europe. We as friends
all knew what they did but even when home we did not talk about it. The last thing they wanted was to remember, and most were trying to find some
normalcy. A few committed suicide and it was hard to know why and they left behind families in some cases.
So, we can all talk all we want about how we know how it went down or this is how it was published, etc, but I know that my father died with secrets
and stories that would make a Clancy novel look like Peter Rabbit.
Warriors are all around you, and it is they who allow us to live free as we do now.