Friday, March 29, 2013

Forty Years and it feels like yesterday

In compliance with the Paris Peace Accords forty years ago today the last US combat troops left Vietnam.

I was an Air Force NCO then, rarely left the US and never saw duty in SE Asia, yet I still get a lump in my throat whenever I think back on those years.  Our soldiers were treated horribly at home and mislead dangerously abroad.  Cynicism and mistrust have been the order of the day in America since. Someday, the world will accept my view that politicians and their children should be the first to go whenever/wherever wars are fought.



Jg. for FatScribe said...

thank you for your service, sir. thoughts are with you and your brethren (including my ex-father in law)

Merry Wife said...

Thank you for your service. My father also served in the Air Force, and was stationed in Guam during the war.

The Down East Dilettante said...

And you are so very, very right.

Old Polo said...

I so agree Toad. Fromone vet to another, THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this awful reminder, where did we who watched VN play out over the years tuck this information into our subconscious, poor judgement in government seems to be piling up. Along your line is the recent public criticism that the first daughters enjoyed an island vacation as US soldiers pressed on in the field. I had a 60s era beau, a Marine who got drafted into the very thick of it, 30 years later could not take the memories, finally took his own life. A tear in my eye to go with the lump in your throat.

Happy Easter to you and Mrs. T.