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Mar 30, 2024 - 11:20:23 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30128 posts since 8/3/2003

I missed posting this yesterday, my apologies.

March 29 was Viet Nam Veterans' Day and I wish to thank all those who served our country during that time.

My next door neighbor was killed in a helicopter accident, shot down by the enemy while trying to rescue wounded ground troops. I have several friends who served during that time.

Here's some information about it for those who wish to know more. Go here: vietnamwar50th.com/#:~:text=at...ans%20Day

Mar 30, 2024 - 12:39:49 PM
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5006 posts since 9/12/2016

they deserve 2 months

Mar 30, 2024 - 1:12:50 PM
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15022 posts since 1/15/2005

It was an honor serving this country during a time our service wasn’t so popular. Sherry, our Marine helicopter pilots were outstanding and risked their lives to save many Marines, but I’ll always be grateful for those young high school educated Army Warrant Officer pilots who seemed not to fear anything! Some used to come in our mess hall in Chu Lai, and they literally looked like kids. I guess they really were.

Mar 30, 2024 - 6:18:36 PM
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3789 posts since 4/5/2006

Thanks for posting. I was unaware there was a special Veterans Day for Viet Nam Vets. They certainly deserve better than what they got upon return to the US.

Apr 1, 2024 - 6:47:04 AM
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wizofos

USA

6403 posts since 8/19/2012

Sherry, Thank you for at least remembering, We are used to being forgotten, ignored and in some cases, (too many) even abused. Coming home was not much different than combat, keep your head down, mouth shut and find a buddy to cover your back.

Apr 1, 2024 - 8:12:53 AM
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Buddur

USA

3916 posts since 10/23/2004

Thanks for your service guys.

Too bad our Commander and Chief didn't remember and recognize the day.

Apr 1, 2024 - 8:25:54 AM

62087 posts since 12/14/2005

My brother was over there, in the Army.
My sister was there in the Red Cross, on the hospital ship HOPE.

Apr 1, 2024 - 9:21:31 AM
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15022 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

My brother was over there, in the Army.
My sister was there in the Red Cross, on the hospital ship HOPE.


Mike, I was helicoptered to the USS Sanctuary in the spring of 1970.  I don't think the Hope was there then or anytime during the times that American troops were deployed to Viet Nam.  I think it may have been there prior to us deploying troops.  Regardless, thanks to your brother and sister, and all of the young ladies in the Red Cross whom I am sure helped people all over the world on the Hope.

Here is a photo of me andf a couple of Red Cross ?Doughnut Dollies" that helicoptered in to my compound in Tam Ky!


 

Apr 1, 2024 - 1:44:57 PM
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62087 posts since 12/14/2005

I thought it was the HOPE.
I'll ask her if it was the SANCTUARY, ans post her answer.

Apr 1, 2024 - 3:01:12 PM

62087 posts since 12/14/2005

Ah, me!

It was the SANCTUARY!

Wanna read the book Mom built, from my sister's letters from there?

https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Wisconsin-Vietnam-Topsy-Gregory/dp/0965349209

Apr 1, 2024 - 3:14:36 PM
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7683 posts since 7/24/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Thanks for your service guys.

Too bad our Commander and Chief didn't remember and recognize the day.


 

You would be incorrect.

Edited by - South Jersey Mike on 04/01/2024 15:15:21

Apr 1, 2024 - 3:31:54 PM

7683 posts since 7/24/2013

Five of my uncles served in Vietnam, my uncle Bill was an entertainer so we are blessed to have amazing recordings of him playing and singing about my and my sisters crawling around back home, these recordings were often interrupted by explosions and gun fire.

Apr 1, 2024 - 9:21:42 PM
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15022 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

I thought it was the HOPE.
I'll ask her if it was the SANCTUARY, ans post her answer.


Mike ....... thank your sister for me. She may have even helped me!  All of them aboard the ship were terrific ........ Also the ones at the Naval hospital in Guam. 

Apr 2, 2024 - 4:28:08 AM
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41162 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by South Jersey Mike
quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Thanks for your service guys.

Too bad our Commander and Chief didn't remember and recognize the day.


 

You would be incorrect.


I missed that.. nevah saw it...

Thanks...

 

Was it ..Headline News..before of after the Trans Day anouncment..?

Apr 2, 2024 - 5:32:50 AM
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Buddur

USA

3916 posts since 10/23/2004

I missed it too...never saw it. But really....JUST A VIDEO WITH AUDIO???????? Like I said before....

All I saw was him proclaiming...oh, nevermind.

Apr 2, 2024 - 3:06:59 PM

7683 posts since 7/24/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

I missed it too...never saw it. But really....JUST A VIDEO WITH AUDIO???????? Like I said before....

All I saw was him proclaiming...oh, nevermind.


Also gave a speech at the White House. It's ok to just be wrong, bro. 

Apr 3, 2024 - 5:40:14 AM

Buddur

USA

3916 posts since 10/23/2004

Yep, I missed it, but it's OK. OK for me, but why do I get the feeling not for you. I'll feel bad if...it makes you feel better. So you can move on...you are correct, and I am wrong.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:48:24 AM

7683 posts since 7/24/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Yep, I missed it, but it's OK. OK for me, but why do I get the feeling not for you. I'll feel bad if...it makes you feel better. So you can move on...you are correct, and I am wrong.


I'm proud of you smiley

Apr 4, 2024 - 8:06:46 AM
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rinemb

USA

16248 posts since 5/24/2005

Thank you, for you who served! Like many of you my age, I lost some friends and some came back crippled from injuries. Others, like my childhood friend (ASA) and one in my wedding party (1972), struggled mightily upon coming home. Then later he was shot and killed by his roommate. Monday, I went to the cemetery to stand in quiet homage, and gaze upon his grave. Brad

Apr 6, 2024 - 9:38:52 AM

bill53

USA

596 posts since 3/26/2004

my dad was there with the weapons inspection team from 66 to 72 he joined when he was 15

Apr 7, 2024 - 5:30:51 PM
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2594 posts since 1/16/2010

Man…I didn’t know there was such a day either…but I’m glad that there is and that I am now aware of it.

Growing up, the Vietnam veterans of my time were our fathers…in their mid/late 40’s and 50’s…still tough as nails and able to kick ass, and highly looked up to by us kids and teenagers. Any of us in high school who had fathers or friends with fathers who were Vietnam veterans…were very proud of that fact.

I’m not sure how it happened so quickly…but all of a sudden…in the blink of an eye…they all became old men in their 70’s and 80’s…but still tough as nails and we are still proud of you all!

I ALWAYS take the time to shake a Vietnam veterans hand and tell him “Welcome Home”.

I’ve said it before to all of you here…but I say it again…”Welcome Home boys!” Thanks for having the guts to go over there!

Dow

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