Memorial Day

A letter my dad wrote to a sibling of a fallen soldier, Maurice

Thanks for being so understanding when I called. My intent was not to bring up past tragedies but to let you know that there is someone else that shares your great loss. That night has haunted me for the past 22 years. It was a turning point for me (for the worst). I had seen many men die & many wounded. But that night brought it all home to me. I remember the next day when the three were loaded on the chopper I was unable to help; all I could do is stand there and watch. I remember it so clearly. My thoughts at the time were, Is this it? Is this all there is? They won’t even let me grieve. Maybe that’s why I called; I was denied the relief of grieving. And they were denied life & you were denied joy.

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Just say NO! to propaganda

Vietnam War propaganda newspaper articleThe text reads:

TO G.I.’S in Quang-tri, Thua-thien, Hue!

The Vietnamese people are fighting against the aggressive, unjust Johnson’s war for independence and freedom. The Vietnamese people and their strong armed forces have inflicted upon the one million odd Yanks and their lackeys heavy losses.

Hundred thousands Yanks died in Vietnam. The highway 9 and Quang-tri, Thua-thein are…

the graveyard of the U.S. troops and the mercenaries from U.S. satellites.

G.I’s! Don’t be stupid enough to sacrifice yourself uselessly for the selfish and dirty interests of Johnson. Your happiness is not to be found in Vietnam, but in your sweet home in the U.S.A.

G.I’S!

-Refuse to carry out criminal orders! Say NO to raiding, burning, destroying, killing!

-Refuse battle! Demand to be sent home!

_When attacked, let be captured, and you will be granted leniency and treated with humanity.

The Tri-Thien. Hue’s L.A.F.

Referencing Tri-Thien-Hue Military Region in Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces