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Posted on Jul 19, 2018
SSG Gerhard S.
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Maj John Bell
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For those who chose not serve and stuck around to face the music. I disagree, but respect.

For those that avoided service, but used the rules to do it. I don't like it, but harbor no ill will. "The rules is the rules."

For those that ran, they made a choice and they should have been forced to live by their choice. I don't like them standing on American soil, breathing American Air, and enjoying American freedom. I forgive, but do not forget. I don't go looking for a pissing contest, but If they bring up the subject, I'm not going to pussyfoot around it.
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SP5 Dennis Dorsey
SP5 Dennis Dorsey
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Better to keep quiet than say my piece about him.
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SGT Frank Pritchett
SGT Frank Pritchett
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Sometimes we may not like the out come of a situation, but if it is better for what we believe then it is good. Christ chose 12 disciples and none of them had good morels, but they believed in him. I'm not saying Trump is Christ but all that he has done so far is good for the United States. After all if you can't help your self then you can't help others.
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LTC Phil Marlowe
LTC Phil Marlowe
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What tickles me is when I'm sitting in an Airport and start to speak with someone around my age - it almost always get to the question of 'did you serve' and 'did you retire' (especially for those of us old enough to have been in VN) - it never ceases to amaze me those who didn't serve (even some I met who 'ran') will say something to effect that - "You know, if I have gone into the Military, I 1) could have retired 10 years ago OR I'd already been retired by now". Then I say, been there, done that and the Eagle dumps in my bank account every first of the month. You coulda and you shoulda - but ya didn't. These chance moments happen more frequently than I ever thought it would. I think a lot of them 'regret' they didn't step up. Not serving really affected men of the 'Greatest Generation (WWII), not so much I think the Korean/VN era generation of men. There was some carry over of course - but not the same level of pride you have when you serve.
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CPO Kathryn Robbins
CPO Kathryn Robbins
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Interesting that you chose to provide a picture of now President Trump when he was attending New York Military Academy (a small elite (read expensive) pseudo military type school located just south of West Point). As a newly retired Navy 04 (ROTC Type) with an MS and teaching credentials, my father began his teaching career there in 1972.
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I agree with you that I want men and women serving that are joining of their own free will. I do not agree with you that a draft is slavery. I volunteered and knew that I would be going to Vietnam. I never gave any thought to draft dodgers. What bothered me were the scum bags that greeted me at LAX when I returned from Vietnam. They tried to block my way, asked me how many babies had I killed, told me to repent for my sins, etc. I was in uniform flying military standby. One of the hardest things that I have ever done, was not confronting these scum bags.
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PFC Bobby Lingle
PFC Bobby Lingle
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Never forget being spit on in Sacramento.
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Cpl Daniel Cunningham
Cpl Daniel Cunningham
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When I tell people that No, I left Canada in 1968 to join the USMC to go to Vietnam first, they just really do not believe me; and then they act like with astonishment, like: "WHY!?!" would a person do such a thing when everyone in the world was against the war? This nonsense on top of the Baby-killer trash and the pro-communist propaganda that ignorant people are still saying about Vietnam and teaching school children.
I never had any concern about the draft-dodgers who went to Canada - whether from lack of patriotism or lack of responsibility for their actions or because they believed the U.S. intervention in Vietnam was wrong and so they did not want to be a part of it - or because they were simply cowards and had the means to avoid serving their country.
But I never had any respect for them as a group of people. I did not see them as in any sense, heroic for avoiding a war, or feel sorrow at their loss - the hiatus in their careers - or see why they should have been ultimately welcomed back and all forgiven by an understanding government.
Nor do I think that Uncle Sam owes me anything since he did not reach up to Canada to snag me. But the VA determined many years after the Vietnam War that I was a basket case; that I had PTSD so bad from the year in Vietnam that I rate an allowance in order to help me get by in my failed life. So I accept that.
Still, this year, 2019, when I was living in Thailand and went over to Vietnam and stayed some time, visiting some of the places I had been 50 years ago, there was a veteran there, retired from the Air Force who used to sound off that Vietnam won the war against the U.S. That made my blood boil. I could easily have lost control and killed this fool. There was no use in reasoning with someone who knew all about the war from the taking in the silly trash that even the communists did not believe - they just preached that b.s. about revolution while they terrorized simple villagers, murdered, raped, exploited people from the North to the SOuth and put their comrades, into the positions of power the way communists have done in every country they have taken over.... I was sent to the language school at the Presidio, Montery, the DLIWC, even though I was grunt (mos: 0311) because the Marine Corps decided I had a talent for languages, based on my scores in the battery of tests in boot camp. So I knew a little of the history and culture of the Vietnamese people. And I learned guerilla tactics from a South Vietnamese Regional Forces officer who been in the Viet Minh, fighting against the French and left them because they were so savage, purging the the non-communists out of the movement after the French left. And I knew some thing of the attitude of the people in the village where I was stationed in the C.U.P.P. Unit, some of whom were refugees from the North who had fled from the communist takeover in the North.
And I talked to some of the people in Quy Nhon and Hoi An and Saigon in 2019 and I know some of them never believed the communist brain-washing that they received after the U.S. pulled out in 1975.
But this guy figured he knew all that was worth knowing about the conflict from his experience of sitting out the war in England flying USAF planes.
And there was no way to reach him with the facts that I knew, any more than I could reach the anti-war protestors who disgraced themselves spitting on returning veterans or the teachers in California where I went to college on the 1970's who made a career out of being against the war. Proud of being ashamed of America.
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PFC Mark Steskal
PFC Mark Steskal
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Sadly, we end up defending the unjusified as well as the deserving. There will always be parasites (from every level of society) among us. Taking from the abundance provided by others, and not contributing themselves to the treasure. We as a Nation deify Darwin's theory of Natural Selection (over the absurd concept of a Creator), but prevent it by having Lady Liberty suckle the unwilling at the expense of the self sacrificing. We, like Rome, are doomed.
Watch the movie Idiocracy to see what is ahead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy
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SGT Clifford (Mug) Hall
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As a Viet Nam era enlistee I chose to enlist. I didn't run off to Canada. I am admittedly more upset with folks like Kerry & McCain that embellished their own record, profited from it and have become national embarrassments. Lack of information is the biggest enemy. If the reasons were legitimate I have no problems with deferments.
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SP5 Dennis Dorsey
SP5 Dennis Dorsey
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SGT (Join to see) - McCain stood for all who were prisoners of war and reminded us of what they stood for. He might have, what you call, profited from it but he never forgot and honored them and all who fought and died for this country.
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SPC Kerry Good
SPC Kerry Good
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SP5 Dennis Dorsey - See McCain's true self in "The Songbird of Hanoi" he had a N. Vietnam wife who birthed his son, when he returned & got into politics he immediately made sure POW's info would never be accessed by their families because then it would prove his Treasonous Acts at the cost of all POW's, it is still closed today. By the way why wasn't Barry Obama vetted? Polosi got paid millions to shut up by George Soros who also bought Barry's Nobel Peace Award without doing anything for it. Campaign Funds was used to seal his records from us! Still to this day, he needs to be unmasked & Impeached for Fraud, Treason, Consorting with the enemy, treaties against USA with every anti-American country especially the Islamic ones, did it with commies too. I still have tat with Sat Cong on my shoulder.
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SGT Ronald Audas
SGT Ronald Audas
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McCain was an embarrassment.From crashing 2 fighters for sure and excused for the third,saying it was shot down.If not for his father and grandfather ,he would never have made it.Funny that only 2 of his fellow prisoners came out in his support for president.He couldn't even be true to his own party.My son,who works at Ft.Lewis asked the son of a former prisoner why no one speaks up.His answer was;Vietnam was such a controversial war ,America needed a hero to make things legit.Our ( never miss a chance) government,pushed John to the limit.So no one dare say anything about him.True or not,sounds right to me.
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SPC Kerry Good
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MSgt Thomas Smith - John Kerry as officer in Brown Water Navy gave himself 3 Purple Hearts to get out of Nam before his 6 month duty was up. That cockroach is still fighting against America, he went to Iran & told Mullahs that they should hang in there against President Trump will be out of office soon because he knew what his party of Deep State SOB's were starting a Coup against our President(I think all involved with 44 including him & his TRANNY wife should be summarily charged for Treason, marched out into yard & Shot Dead by our US Army Firing Squad-Today)!
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