Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vietnam "Peace" Plus Forty Years January 27, 2013

Every year on this date, I reflect on "Peace" in Vietnam, achieved by a document from the Paris Peace Talks after years of negotiations, and years of war.  Actually, I think about the Vietnam "Conflict" somehow almost daily.  My twenty West Point classmates who died as a result of the war weigh heavy on my heart frequently.  As a veteran of the Conflict, I pray that we, as a nation, learned something that makes the losses and expense worthwhile.  I still can't tell if we did.  What do you think?

I've blogged about this before, including:  peace-in-vietnam-39th-anniversary

38th-anniversary cease fire in Vietnam

Memorial Day, Grief and The Wall ,

 Memorial Day: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Below are some of the images that remind me of various aspects of my year in Vietnam serving as a helicopter pilot, instructor pilot, maintenance officer and other roles in the Aviation Section of the 45th Engineer Group. I took almost all of these, except those with me in the picture.  Included are Vietnam 45th engineer Group venues in I Corps (we flew for our three battalions and Group HQ), Saigon, The Bob Hope USO Show on Christmas Eve 1970, R&R in Sidney, Australia, Khe Sanh during Lam Sanh 719, and a few faces of Vietnam- my favorite of which are the Montagnards with cross-bows).






















3 comments:

  1. These pictures bring back memories of an era we would all like to forget; however, today reminds me more and more of Viet Nam. Why do we have to kill each other for what? I believe Churchill said it... "It is better to jaw jaw, than to war war." Maybe some day we will learn! mas

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  2. Thanks for your comments, mas.
    I always liked the reminder about war from Pete Seeger,"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

    "When will they ever learn?" apj

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  3. They are not learning very fast, and they are making many of the same mistakes. I may not be a great admirer of Chuck Hagel, but I am very distressed at the questioning. The bravest warmakers always seem to be those who never went to war, and won't be fighting this one...

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