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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial War, Honorable Soldiers, December 1, 2011
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Vietnam is my generation's war. It is hard to comprehend the young kids shooting the video presented in this DVD are now, like me, in their sixties. This DVD is not an in depth study of the war. It does not get into the reasons why this country became both mired in it, and torn apart by it. The Gulf of Tonkin is mentioned as the first step toward increasing U.S. involvement, but it does not discuss the controversy regarding legitimacy of the Tonkin incident. It doesn't mention Mai Lai, nor does it spend a lot of time discussing the reasons why the American public turned against the war. It is not meant to. This is the recollections of the young Americans who were on the ground, a nurse who served there and a P.O.W.'s wife. It does a great job of describing all the different hard fought engagements with the NVA, and the horror of it all. Many who went to Vietnam were volunteers,but many were draftees with no say in the matter. These young men served without caring about the politics of the time. They went, did what they were told to do, and just tried to stay alive. All Vietnam Vets who served risked their lives, and should be honored for the sacrifices they made. Some just wanted to survive and get home. Others returned home to join those speaking out against U.S. involvement. All were patriotic Americans, and hearing their personal stories put a human face on this war. For those who were interested in this DVD and/or the history of the Vietnam War, I recommend the exceptional PBS Documentary, "Two Days in October". Remembering my friend, John. Deployed in August of 1967, and killed in Kontum Province, March of 1968. 19 years old.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2011 11:29:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2013 1:40:46 PM PDT
Vietnam in HD - Haven't seen it yet, but I will. All I know is that I was there, in Quang Nam Province & Quang Tri Provence, as a USMarine during 1967 - 1969. The Tet Offensive, Happy Valley, Mtn.1467, Hill 55, Hill 10, and Hill 22, to me, was hell on earth. I was just 18 years - old when I landed there at Da Nang airfield, and 20 years - old when I left. The things I saw there I cannot really talk about, they still hurt too much. The combat was every week, at time several times a week. I was an infantry machine gunner. I glad to know that finally people are seeing the Soldiers, the Marines, The Navy, and Air Force men and women who served, instead of the foolish Government, and its politics that literally tore our country apart then. I remember being spit on when I landed in Travis Air Force Base in California, when I came home> A long distance from what people feel now. God Bless you all!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 1:16:46 PM PST
Granni Jani says:
I was a flight Attendant with TWA 1967-1969. We flew the troops within the US, and also to Vietnam. I think of all those guys I met and wonder what happened to to them. Glad you made it back, and sorry for the treatment many of you received when you returned. That was wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 10:57:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2013 10:58:11 PM PDT
JNagarya says:
The "spit on" incidents have never been substantiated. They are a fiction.

And the real heroes are the resisters who preferred jail-time to supporting and advancing an unjust war based upon lies.

There is nothing honorable in defending and advancing a lie, especially as an education in the actual history buried under the pro-war propaganda would have informed one of what the actual purposes of the US's illegal involvement actually were. And it wasn't democracy.
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