Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas...

It wouldn't be Christmas in a war zone without Bob Hope. I was in UTapao in 1969 when he brought his show through...

To those troops spending the holidays away from home whether it's states side or in the war zone this ones for you...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Who would have thought that a monument could stir such emotion but if you have a heart at all you wont have a dry eye once you've made your way from end to end.

The crime is in the names that should be on that wall but will never be recognized for their sacrifice. Many men died over there, some we buried others were the walking dead. They came home but may as well have died there because that's where they left their souls

It is good that our troops today are being shown the respect they deserve unlike the reception we got when we came home. Never fault the soldier for doing what he's told only blame the Commander ordering him to do it!

My cousins name, Charles Arthur Davidson, should be on that wall, even though his date of death was just a few years ago. That war killed him just as much as if he'd taken an AK47 round to the heart because he was lost once came home. He died at an early age due to wounds he received in Vietnam, that shortened his life.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Wall!

I recently visited the Wall and I must say it was the most moving experience of my life. Rest easy Bros you will not be forgotten!

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Silver Rose Society

If you know a veteran who is suffering from an Agent Orange related disease pass this along to them.

Our Mission ...

To recognize the courage, heroism, and contributions of American service personnel found to have been exposed to Agent Orange in a combat zone ... whose lethal exposure to Agent Orange resulted in internal, invisible wounds, which are revealed only by the passage of time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Prime Example of Swiftboating

It's remarks like these, unfounded accusations, that make it so bad. These obsessive individuals who rant and rave without anything to prove their story. These individuals and forums who support them should be examined because it's one thing any veteran knows, when someone obsesses like this they are trying to take the heat off themselves. We most always find out they are the ones who are hiding a lie... :)

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Re: CONFIRMED: Acebass Fake Military Veteran!!!
Now Acebass/LibLaw has me wondering what an Edwards Democrat is like now that I fairly know what a wasted lying slug Ronnie is. Seriously. I really want to know!

Oh yeah, once again Acebass/LibLaw... your not a Vietnam Vet according to sources.

Does this also mean that you understand how other wannabes like you feel? How about you write a story about wannabes like yourself. Simply title it 'confessions'

Billy C from Cincinnati

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friendly Fire Deaths

It wasn't until my involvement in the Vietnam war that I realized that not all casualties were from enemy fire. Of course common sense will tell you that mistakes happen and in war things get out of hand in a hurry, but it seems that it was more prevalent in the Vietnam war.

The 1 percent rate is well below that of Operation Desert Storm when 17 percent of all service members who died were killed by friendly fire. Rates for World War II, Vietnam and the invasions of Grenada and Panama were also higher than the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.,13319,90677,00.html

Examples of the Vietnam war;

  • Vietnam War: 8,000 (14%)
    • USCGC Point Welcome was attacked by USAF aircraft, with two deaths resulting.
    • USS Boston, USS Edson, USCGC Point Dume, HMAS Hobart and two U.S. Swift Boats, PCF-12 and PCF-19 are attacked by US aircraft on June 17 1968.[13] Several sailors were killed and PCF-19 was sunk.[14]
    • On May 11, 1969, during the Battle of Hamburger Hill, Lt. Col. Weldon Honeycutt directed Cobra helicopter gunships, known as Aerial Rocket Artillery (ARA), to support an infantry assault. In the heavy jungle, the Cobras mistook the command post of the 3/187th battalion for a Vietnamese unit and attacked, killing two and wounding thirty-five, including Honeycutt. This incident disrupted battalion command and control and forced 3/187th to withdraw into night defensive positions.
    • Sergeant Michael Eugene Mullen killed by American artillery on 18 February 1970.

It's a tragedy to for any war but then the Vietnam war had it's own unigue form of friendly fire deaths. There were some who were killed intentionally by those individuals who would take things into their own hands. A 2nd Lt. fresh out of OTS might find himself with an M16 round in his back should he be deemed hazardous to his platoon or worse on the receiving end of a frag grenade. There are no statistics to show how many were killed on purpose but it happened. I can imagine and only hope that the ones responsible are eventually held responsible if by no one then their own conscience.

The second classification is "murder" where friendly fire incidents are premeditated. During the Vietnam War, some officers who overtly risked the lives of their soldiers were murdered by those men in incidents known as “fragging.”[1]

Any casualty of war is a tragedy, whether by friendly fire or by the enemy. Sometimes when trying to understand a veteran, specially a Vietnam Veteran, it might be well to consider that the person having problems with the war may be related to them having caused or being personally responsible for the death of one of your fellow soldiers. That would, to me, be something I would have a hard time dealing with.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


This is something that until Vietnam we never really addressed but Vietnam was unigue in many ways. I found this article to be very informative.

So it is no surprise that when military personnel have severe difficulty getting over the trauma of war, their psychological difficulties have been described as "soldier's heart" (in the Civil War), or "shell shock" (in World War I), or "combat fatigue" (in World War II). After World War II, psychiatrists realized that these problems usually were not an inborn "mental illness" like schizophrenia or manic depressive illness, but were a different form of psychological disease that resulted from too much war trauma: "traumatic war neurosis" or "post-traumatic stress disorder" (PTSD). Most war veterans are troubled by war memories, but were fortunate enough either not to have "too much" trauma to recover from or to have immediate and lasting help from family, friends, and spiritual and psychological counselors so that the memories became "liveable." A smaller number, probably about one in twenty among World War II veterans now, had so much war trauma and so many readjustment difficulties that they now suffer from PTSD.

However the Vietnam war wasn't popular and the veterans from that war were looked on with disdain and in some instances disgust. It was the first time in our history that a war veteran was not welcomed home with parades and thanks for a job well done. This made the pain of having gone to war that much worse.

Not only did the Vietnam veteran experience the horrors of war but returned home to an unfriendly nation at war with itself. Many Vietnam veterans couldn't cope and went over the edge, others buried it deep inside and let it fester. Most are still reliving their horrors even today despite efforts by some to make it right for them.

to name a few.

What is PTSD?

What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.

Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events can include:

* Combat or military exposure
* Child sexual or physical abuse
* Terrorist attacks
* Sexual or physical assault
* Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.
* Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake.

After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don't go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.

As you can see, by definition, it is not primarily a combat related illness but it is an illness none the less. War however is the primary cause of PTSD. The symptoms vary by the experience that brought on the PTSD.

There are four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoidance, numbing, and feeling keyed up.

Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms):

Bad memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. You may have nightmares. You even may feel like you're going through the event again. This is called a flashback. Sometimes there is a trigger: a sound or sight that causes you to relive the event. Triggers might include:

* Hearing a car backfire, which can bring back memories of gunfire and war for a combat veteran
* Seeing a car accident, which can remind a crash survivor of his or her own accident
* Seeing a news report of a sexual assault, which may bring back memories of assault for a woman who was raped

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event:

You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

* A person who was in an earthquake may avoid watching television shows or movies in which there are earthquakes
* A person who was robbed at gunpoint while ordering at a hamburger drive-in may avoid fast-food restaurants
* Some people may keep very busy or avoid seeking help. This keeps them from having to think or talk about the event.

Feeling numb:

You may find it hard to express your feelings. This is another way to avoid memories.

* You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships
* You may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy
* You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.

Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal):

You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. This is known as hyperarousal. It can cause you to:

* Suddenly become angry or irritable
* Have a hard time sleeping
* Have trouble concentrating
* Fear for your safety and always feel on guard
* Be very startled when someone surprises you

What are other common problems?

People with PTSD may also have other problems. These include:

* Drinking or drug problems
* Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair
* Employment problems
* Relationships problems including divorce and violence
* Physical symptoms

and can last a life time.

What can you do?

What treatments are available?

When you have PTSD, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. But treatment can help you get better.

There are good treatments available for PTSD. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of counseling. It appears to be the most effective type of counseling for PTSD. There are different types of cognitive behavioral therapies such as cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. A similar kind of therapy called EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is also used for PTSD. Medications can be effective too. A type of drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which is also used for depression, is effective for PTSD.

The sad thing is we are creating a new crop of PTSD sufferers with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and we will have to have the treatment available for those men and women returning from this conflict. Maybe we've learned from Vietnam and we will be able to keep this new generation of Veterans from suffering what my generation has. At least I hope so.