Harmony County

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Thanks from a vet

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   I want to thank everyone for their support and appreciation as exhibited at the various Veteran’s Day celebrations and ceremonies. I say this with all sincerity as a combat veteran from the 101st Airborne Division who served inViet Nam and as a member of the Eighth, later the Seventh, Special Forces Groups inLatin America. I can safely say that all of we veterans extend our gratitude.

   However, something has been bothering me for a very long time. I cannot speak for all Viet Nam era veterans, but I know that I speak for quite a few.

   When the GIs returned from WWII, everyone greeted them with ticker tape parades and general rejoicing. When the Korean War vets came back, there were no celebrations to speak of, but they were left alone.

   However, when we returned fromViet Nam a very vocal group of anti-war protestors called us, “murderers, rapists” and “baby killers” among other things. We were sneered at, spit upon, and treated in the most despicable manner by a sizeable group of our fellow citizens. These same citizens elected the people who sent us to fight.

   The whole era was best summed up by the PSNCO, Personnel Service Non-Commissioned Officer, who was in charge of out-processing recovering wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. He quietly advised, “Not to wear your uniform when you are traveling home”. That is a sad commentary.

   This civilian abuse did provoke some payback.

   It has been the practice of Special Forces to try to give their soldiers an easy assignment after a particularly nasty one. One of these ‘cherry’ assignments was ROTC duty at various colleges.

   Two of the lucky Green Berets were driving to their work at a university and outside the ROTC building was a very vocal anti-war demonstration. As they were pulling up they were being pelted by all sorts of trash and the car was being hit by signs carried by the demonstrators.

   One of the students laid down in front of their car. This was not a good idea. The driver of the car slowly drove over the kid. The student was uninjured. However, that was not the end of the incident.

   The arresting officer supposedly said to the soldier, “When you drove over the protestor and he was not hurt I was going to let it go. But when you backed over him, opened your door, and spit in his face I had to do something”.

   There were some other incidents. One involved some harassment of two recently returned, discharged, mud-Marines. There is no such thing as an ex-Marine. There are serving Marines, Marines not on active duty, and Marines “guarding the streets of  Heaven”, to paraphrase the Marine Hymn.

   Things did not go well for five of the individuals who tried their harassing actions on the Marines. It took all of about 30 seconds for the rest of their group to suddenly recall some urgent appointments in the next county over. © 2011, Harmony County

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Written by harmonycounty

November 17, 2011 at 4:42 p11

Posted in Americana, Humor

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