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Thanks to the guys who posted in this thread.. thanks to Skeen for starting it
and thanks for all who served over there...

I served, but was NOT sent to Vietnam....all tho the old man served over there for 49 months.. USAF, Black Bird Operations
and served in Korea as an 18 yr old, with it ending on his 21st birthday.. July 27, 1953.. USMC..

October 1950 to September 1953.. Rose to Sgt in Long Range Recon Unit.

Went to Korea weighing 160 pounds from Japan... Left Korea weighing 95 pounds...no leave, almost 3 straight years of combat.

Thank you gentlemen for your sacrifices for this nation.


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There is a really good Vietnam memorial and museum near Angel Fire, NM. I've been there a couple of times.

https://angelfirervresort.com/do/day-trips/vietnam-veterans-memorial/


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Originally Posted by Brazos
Pretty bizarre to think of Vietnam vets as old-timers...
Time flies whether you are having fun or not.
My feeling exactly. I was in college when Nam was roaring. I guess maybe I could be called an old timer.


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Originally Posted by Brazos
Pretty bizarre to think of Vietnam vets as old-timers...
Time flies whether you are having fun or not.

Almost all of us are over 70 now, I am 82.


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Originally Posted by skeen
Was driving down I-35 just outside of Lebo when I saw all these American Flags leading off the Rest area ramp so decided to see what's up.

The "Vietnam Veterans of America" out of Ottawa, Kansas was serving coffee and donuts.

Pretty cool of the old boys - they also gave out magnetic decals to Veterans, but unfortunately they won't stick to an aluminum F-150. frown grin

Salute to the Old-timers! smile

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That is really cool to see that, especially with the chaos in our country

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Originally Posted by Tide_Change
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I was too young to serve then, but had some buddies whose older brothers were over there. Some didn't come back.

My hat is off to all of them. What a tragic waste of human lives, that one was.

Thanks Skeen!

I was a born in '67 and was just a kid then too. Had a neighbor that was over there for awhile.


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Originally Posted by Hotrod_Lincoln
They had to start their own organization- - - - -the American Legion and the VFW didn't want to have anything to do with us 50 years ago! I'm a member of both organizations now, but while the WW II and Korea vets were still around, we were looked down on like a whore in church!


I was too young to go Viet Nam. I remember watching Dan Rather a lot of nights embedded (that term was not invented yet) in combat. IIRC, once a week his report would show all of the body bags lined up for shipping ...."home". Made quite the impression on a 10-13 year old kid.

My Lai was the catalyst that gave all VN vets a really bad and unfounded reputation. The ones not at My Lai had to endure that collateral damage.


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