And it’s One Two Three, What are we Fighting For…

As we all know the Vietnam War was not a very popular one. Neither is the war in Iraq today. However, a significant difference between the two, is in the treatment of the men and women in the armed services.

When Vietnam vets returned from the war, they were not given a hero’s welcome. No one publicly thanked them and I doubt that many heard the phrase often used today, “we support our troops, but not the war”. Instead, many were called “baby killers” or made to feel like they were criminals instead of soldiers. I know, because many of my friends, as well as my first husband, served in the armed forces during the Vietnam war.

Well one military unit, Alpha Troop of the 11th Armored Cavalry, has now been honored and recognized “For Extraordinary Heroism in Military Operations, Against an Armed Enemy”, for rescuing more than 70 soldiers from a larger North Vietnamese force on March 26, 1970. The Army awarded Alpha Troop, a Presidential Unit Citation for their heroic efforts in Vietnam.

Even though it took 39 years, most of the veterans, now in their late 50’s and early 60’s, felt it was a powerful validation for actions some of them had tried to forget. They also hope that President Obama will formally bestow the citation at a White House ceremony.

Now for some nostalgia, sing along with Country Joe and the Fish doing the I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-to-Die-Rag at Woodstock. Altogether now, one two three…

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