Posted on Feb 20, 2020
SPC Richard Zacke
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I served from 1978 to 81 and when someone says thank you for your service I feel like I'm stealing the thunder of the troops that are seving in these two wars. Mainley because I don't remember anyone saying it before. I remember being called baby killer or being spit at.
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Lt Col Robert Canfield
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As I remember it, the 60s-80s were peak decades of the cold war. One of the key missions was nuclear deterrence...i.e. convincing the Soviets that engaging in ANY type of nuclear exchange would be a very bad idea. Its a scenario where both parties lose (although one may lose more than the other), or... both parties win. It involved keeping a strong, active force that could respond rapidly under a variety of scenarios. Fortunately a nuclear WWIII never occurred and many would say that, in the end, the US won more than the Soviets. But, again deterrence worked and the unthinkable did not occur. Sun Tzu said that it is best to win without conflict. I think that applies to the cold war. Whenever folks say that the US was not engaged in any major conflict during the 70s and 80s (after Vietnam), I remind them of what could have occurred if the US and NATO had not put forth a credible deterrent. A deterrent that required effective weapon systems, well trained personnel, and a commitment to win....and that's not chopped liver. If you served during those years then you deserve a handshake & a word of thanks. The world would be so much worse had the cold war deterrence mission failed.
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PO2 Joan MacNeill
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I remember, in Hawai'i, on the other side of the world from Cuba, for the 1962 missile crisis, an all-hands rush to take on supplies, lasting through the night, in case we had to hustle out to sea. Of course, it didn't stop the jokes and dark humor.
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Sgt Mark Lorenzana
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I served in Vietnam, I joined and served honourably, no thanks necessary. Considering only one percent of our population serves at any given time......now that's a reason to pay your respect!
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PO2 Joan MacNeill
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks - There is no law that says husbands can't be ignorant, insensitive jerks.
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SP5 David Cox
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I was on active duty 78-82, but also was in the Berlin Brigade 87-90. I got to see Berlin both before and after the Wall came down. My time there really drove home all that I thought I knew about what we were fighting (or preparing to fight) for. Seeing what a "worker's paradise" really looked like, hearing a Soviet arty unit preparing a "notional" nuclear strike within range of our location - they were actually aiming at the British Army Berlin HQ, but that was less than a mile from us, so...), hearing the sonic booms from Soviet/East German fighter bombers as they went supersonic over the heart of Berlin on a nuclear strike profile, seeing the guard towers and death strip at the Wall, and so on - all that made me realize just how good we had it, and what we were fighting for. No, I wasn't in a "bullets flying" war, but I served. When we enter the service, we don't get to choose if we are going to see "real" combat or not, and the possibility is there every day in uniform. Don't ever let anyone make you feel like less for not serving in a "real" war. We saved the world from nuclear annihilation, and that is something to be proud about.
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LTC John Griscom
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You served; you earned it.
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SFC Charles McVey Sr.
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The very fact that you were a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the war say's everything I need to hear, or want to hear.
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SPC Mike Tierney
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SFC Charles McVey Sr. - Hey Chuck, it was a stupid war. Americans died for absolutely no reason. Oh wait, it was the dominos effect, right? How did that work out? We should have supported Diem since he was a huge crook. But he was willing to placate our politicians. Ho was our ally in WWII but, oh no, he was a communist. Can't have them solidifying their country. Nope, we needed a solid guy like Diem to steal our money.
Sorry Chuck, you need to hear a lot more.
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SSG Del Ray
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SPC Mike Tierney - And yet many did experience disrespect and were looked down by many of the people their own age who were protesting the war.
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SFC Charles McVey Sr.
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SPC Mike Tierney - My First Name is SFC, my Second name is McVey, not even my friends call me Chuck. Learn some respect before you try and denigrate me or imply that we are friends.
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One should never be ashamed for serving. It's that simple. Civilians don't understand what it means to fight for your buddies on the 9 and 3 o'clock. They don't understand hold at all cost orders because another unit is counting on yours. They don't understand the bond and love we have for each others as we train hard, fight hard, and share pictures of our families. They don't know what we are willing to sacrifice on behalf of our buddies and the country. We understand it, they do not. We should keep our heads up high regardless of where you served.

Nobody should be punished when the deity favors and smiles upon some military members in this random universe of chance. When someone exhibits guilt in regards to not going to war while I converse with the person, I tell the person that I am glad you did not go to Vietnam. Don't sweat it. It was not your time to go. I am glad you did not go.

I can sort of empathize with guilt. Sometimes it bothers me and humbles me when I think that I never experienced a war like WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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There was a lot of courage displayed in that war. Do know the story of General Ridgeway and the Korean War?
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USMC Jan. 69 to Jan 70 . A Child stated to me , Your a Baby killer ! , Tried to hitch a ride in the State of New York in Uniform , Had to take the Bus Home . WW 11 Vet's called me a drug user ?
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That is why I have so much sympathy for Vietnam Vets. LCpl (Join to see)
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SFC Charles McVey Sr.
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LCpl (Join to see) - I had some young punk call me that, he woke up in thee ER getting his face stitched up.
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