Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rooter, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Over 30 years ago they put away their medals and their uniforms. They
    buried their anger and bitterness and moved on with their lives--and they

    Revisionists are trying to change history, claiming the returning Viet

    Nam veterans didn't suffer all that much when they returned home. All that
    talk of being labeled animals has been exaggerated over the years. But the
    veterans know better. They were there.

    On the radio last week, one man related that he had unpacked the

    that he wore home from Viet Nam all those years ago. It had not seen the
    light of day for over 30 years. He showed it to his children and
    grandchildren and, for the first time, spoke of the day that he returned
    home from war and was spat on, cursed at, and literally had to run a
    gauntlet of protesters who threw human waste and rotten fruit on him and
    fellow vets. With the words "baby killers" ringing in his ears he was
    by laughing policemen not to retaliate or he would be arrested. So he ran.
    The able-bodied helped the wounded as they do on any battlefield because
    those on crutches or in wheelchairs were not spared the profanity and bags
    full of feces that were thrown at them by the raging anti-war protesters.

    This now middle-aged vet went on to tell his family that he had hid in

    the bathroom at the airport for over two hours, bewildered and afraid. He
    wondered if he had landed in some foreign land where Americans were hated.
    Finally, he cleaned up the uniform he was still proud to wear as best he
    could and made his way to his plane, where he suffered more insults from
    passengers. When he got home, he packed up his medals and his dirty
    just as it was, and he knew that one day, he would take it out again and
    would have his say. That day has come.

    One POW stated that he had never put a face to the name until he heard

    the words "Genghis Khan" pronounced only as John Kerry does and suffered
    first flashback to the time he was being tormented by Kerry's words in a
    North Vietnamese prison camp.

    They buried their anger and the bitterness --and they waited. Most of

    them didn't know who or what would be the signal to make their move, but
    they knew they would recognize it when it happened.

    On July 29, 2004, it happened. John Forbes Kerry came to the podium at

    the Democratic Convention and uttered three words that made many Viet Nam
    vets skin crawl: "Reporting for Duty!" At last the time had come for these
    long-suffering veterans.

    The past was staring back at these wrongly disgraced vets from their

    television sets. The face it bore was that of John Kerry, the man who had
    shredded their honor without a thought and climbed over the bodies of
    fallen friends to launch a political career. Kerry had stripped them of
    their dignity the day he sat before Congress in his fatigues and portrayed
    them as "baby killers" and "murderers." Kerry did the unspeakable. He had
    publicly turned on his fellow vets while they were still in harm's way and
    American prisoners were still in the hands of the enemy. Kerry accused
    all of being out-of-control animals, killing, raping, and pillaging Viet
    at will. The anti-war movement--the protesters--had their hero and he was
    Viet Nam War veteran, an officer, a medal winner, a wounded warrior: John
    Forbes Kerry.

    Many Viet Nam vets buried the memories of their less-than-welcome

    homecoming, and John Kerry moved off the national scene. The feelings of
    betrayal had faded, but they were never resolved. The unprecedented
    injustice inflicted on the Viet Nam vets has always lain just under the
    surface, waiting for a chance to be uncovered. The war had stolen their
    youth and innocence and John Kerry stole their dignity and rightful place
    honor in history.

    Like an unlanced boil, the anger festered but there was nothing that

    could ease the pain. These vets didn't ask for "forgiveness" because they
    had done nothing wrong in serving their country. They never asked to be
    treated as heroes, just good soldiers. All they have ever wanted was the
    respect due all the men and women who have worn the uniform of this
    Being allowed to march in a few parades wasn't enough. A long over-due
    memorial was not enough. The Viet Nam Veterans moveable wall only brought
    back the suffering as they searched for the names of their fallen friends
    whose memory had been defiled and disgraced by people who considered them
    rampaging killers instead of men who died with honor for their country.

    Now before them stands this man who would be president--this man who

    holds his service in Viet Nam up as a badge of honor now that it suits his
    purposes. This man Kerry brags about his medals and his tiny wounds and
    demands the respect they were denied, yet he offers no apologies for what
    did to them. "I will be a great leader!" Kerry proclaims, because of his
    brief and self-proclaimed valiant service while wearing a uniform--the
    same uniform that they wore and were spat upon because of it.

    All across America, soiled uniforms and memories of being shamed and

    humiliated have resurfaced and Vietnam vets demand their rightful place in
    history. John Kerry seems bewildered by the reaction of his "fellow vets."
    He has become defensive and angry because now his service and honor are
    being questioned. Kerry seems oblivious to the pain he caused three
    ago when he stole all honor and dignity from those same "fellow vets" for
    personal gain. Now he wants to use them again, for the same reason.

    All across America, Viet Nam vets are smiling. At last, perhaps they

    bury their demons. These angry vets are demanding that this man who
    sentenced them to being shunned as criminals, tell the world that he was
    wrong and that he is sorry for what he did to them. Kerry must admit that
    lied about them.

    For many, it would still not be enough. Satisfaction and hopefully

    will come when Viet Nam vets see and hear John F. Kerry give his
    speech the night of November 2, 2004 with the knowledge that it was their
    votes that helped defeat him. There are approximately 2.5 million Viet Nam
    veterans in America and they have not forgotten.

    Kerry denied them their rightful place as heroes and they will deny him

    his dream of the presidency. Angry Viet Nam veterans, silent for so long,
    will finally have their say. Payment in full will be delivered to John
    on November 2, 2004.

    Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold.
  2. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Note to Henry O'Reilley: If you don't like this post don't read it---if you don't like me, YOU CAN JUST GO SCREW YOURSELF. Chief

  3. rosierita

    rosierita Active Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    South Carolina
    i do believe that is one of the best write ups i have ever read on the jfk wannabe. thanks for the post! it was an EXCELLENT read!!

    ya know, i have never served my country in the military & i wasnt born until 1971, but vietnam vets have a special place in my heart & i wish there was something significant i could do to erase or reverse the harm done to them.
  4. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    As I said in VMBB, couldn't have said it better, Chief!!
  5. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    That was a great read Chief. I appreciate it. I too remember those days when I came home. They will never be forgotten nor will I forget his speech in 1971. Thanks.

    Semper Fi!

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  6. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Stand tall Marine!!!! Don't care what some clowns say about you Marines---you'll always have two friends that stand with you--the navy corpsman and the navy Seabee---. When they taunt you with bad jokes, like they say, you go wash your hands and then go to the head, just tell 'em to go piss up a rope and chew the wet end of it---right before you knock them on their ass!!!! Chief
  7. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Well said Chief. Not old enough to have been in VN. Enlisted in 1982 - MOS 11B. Q Course and got the Beret, very proud. College, Commissioned, a little time in the 82nd and then back to 5th Grp. Kerry's stab in the back is the ultimate insult to all who have and all who continue to serve.
  8. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    thanks for the read Chief I think I will unpack mine soon.
  9. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
  10. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    You're right Chief. We always could count on the Navy Corpsmen and the Bee's! A Marines best friends.
  11. whiteclouder

    whiteclouder Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    I understand and appreciate your sentiments, Chief, but mine will stay packed away. It's safer for me.

    Clouder.. (AF Chief)