Posted on Feb 27, 2015
SPC Johnny Velazquez, PhD
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I have spoken with other vets regarding this topic, and they have indicated that in some States, they are addressed as such. I personally don't feel it's right, as I served in Germany from 62 to 65, and not in Country.

What is your take on this?
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CPT Jack Durish
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To be fair, anyone who served in the military during the time of the Vietnam War had a chance of going there. Furthermore, anyone in uniform during that time was subject to the same abuse back home. You were just as likely to be called a "Baby Killer" and have pig's blood thrown on you regardless of where you were stationed or what your MOS was.

However, there is a distinction. Vietnam Era Vets are not Vietnam Vets. Those who served in Germany or Alabama weren't exposed to enemy fire or Agent Orange. Let's not blur the lines...
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SP6 Howard Young
SP6 Howard Young
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BEEN THERE DONE THAT! IF YOU HAVEN'T THEN YOU ARE NOT A VIETNAM VET!! 173RD ABN TUNNEL RAT COMBAT DEMO. 65/66
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CPO Manny Perez
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I agree, well said Capt.
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SP5 Jay Molyneaux
SP5 Jay Molyneaux
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I agree Captain. A friend of mine was given a baseball cap with the caption Viet Nam Era vet and he refused to wear it. I am a paratrooper with the 101st from 67-68 and wouldn't wear it either. I am a VIETNAM VET! I was recon and wounded so I was a fighting man sure enough!
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LT Thomas Lutz
LT Thomas Lutz
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I agree. I was stationed on an east coast carrier which did not go to Yankee Station until I was off for six months. I consider myself an Vietnam Era Vet (62-67)
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PO1 Joan (Tipka) (Plummer) Fisher
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No! Vietnam Vets Earned the exclusive right to call themselves that. It would be another slap in the face to them to call someone who served in Europe a Vietnam Vet. Only those who endured the hardships should be called that.
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LtCol Bruce Janis - you could do both. I went twice and never had anything happen
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Sgt Ronald Farthing
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LtCol Bruce Janis - In truth, I agree with you. But I take exception to the Vietnam Vets that look down on the Vietnam Era Vets that served the same time as they did, but never stepped "in country." My dad served and was sent to Danang AB, and I would have gone also, if the USAF had said so. But I should be denigrated by the men and women I supported, just because I was never ordered to go? Now that I'm retired after serving 8 years as a police officer, and 36 years as a firefighter, I find that more than 2/3rds of the guys I worked with over 44 years, are Vets, both Vietnam and Afghanistan & Iraq; and less than half were ever "in country." And I guarantee NO ONE would ever question their bravery, dedication or heart, if they learned of their history. I'm sorry if I come off a bit angry, but for ANYONE to call these men and women "wannabe's" because they call themselves "Era Vet's", I challenge you to walk a year in their shoes.
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PO3 Bob Stark
PO3 Bob Stark
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen One of my issues midt people dont realize what The USAF and USN did up north was in CIC at PIRAZ AND NORTH SAR best thing we did in 72 was help recover downed aircrew near Hanoi and Haiphong and AIC
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SGM Randolph Watkins
SGM Randolph Watkins
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If asked I tell people I am a Viet Nam Era/Cold War Vet. I was a 2X6 naval reservist and served 2 years 2 months and 21 days active duty and then another 10 years Ready Reserve and the 20 years Army Reserve. While on Navy active duty from 1965-67 I volunteered twice for Viet Nam duty: for PBRs and for USS Card. Navy never sent me. But I did look down a lot of Russian gun barrels in the Med and played "cat and mouse" with them. I would never claim to be a Viet Nam Vet. I salute all Viet Nam vets. Lost two good friends over there.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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Absolutely Not! Vietnam era vets weren't there and in no way are Vietnam Vets. I saw on Medals of America website, there is a Nam era medal for them. How silly is that? I couldn't wear that medal. It doesn't stand for anything, except you were in the military while the war was going on. Why you weren't there, I'll never understand.
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SPC Edvard Svanoe
SPC Edvard Svanoe
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SPC Bill-Mila Howell - On a par with the "Fire Guard" ribbon?
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PFC Stephen Trynosky
PFC Stephen Trynosky
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SPC Chris Ison - So true, people do NOT realize that . 400,000 in Europe, another 200,000 in Korea and tons here in CONUS.
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PO2 Greg S.
PO2 Greg S.
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If you cant understand why service members serve where they are ordered to serve then you weren't in the military
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PO2 Greg S.
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Lt Col Jim Coe
Huh, so who earns more respect?
The person that volunteers to go ,but gets orders to a different place?
Or the draftee that goes kicking and screaming in country?
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