Category Archives: Veterans

U.S. Veterans Issues, Việt Nam War, The Second Indochina War (1954-1975)

The Burning Skull

  Just for the sake of posterity, the Burning Skull calls for a reasonable explanation. And, if it is so, that True Stories are The Best Kinds of Stories, the reader might be a bit disappointed in this one. Monsoon … Continue reading

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MUSIC by REQUEST

While serving in Vietnam I purchased an AKAI X-1800SD Multi-Purpose Tape Recorder (reel-to-reel) to record some Living Letters to mail home. In return, my brother sent me recordings (taken directly off the radio) of some popular music of the day … Continue reading

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The Watch

Over the years I’ve both gained and lost personal property. Everything I need or find useful, it seems, just slips through my fingers and is gone. While serving in Vietnam I purchased a SEIKO wristwatch from the PX for $32.00. … Continue reading

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A Second Opinion

While awaiting Evaluation for PTSD I was, for a long time, ensconced on a mixed ward at the local VA hospital. The other patients had a wide variety of ailments. Smoking was still allowed in the Patient’s lounge. We spent … Continue reading

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How Much Ink in a Ballpoint Pen?

How many miles of ink are in a Ballpoint Pen? Upon separation from the U.S. Army in November of 1971 I would estimate that I filled out about 2000 Job Applications to no avail under the onus of Affirmative Action. … Continue reading

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April 15, 1970

I feel pressed to write something today, April 15, 2020. It was 50 years ago to this very day that I left Việt Nam on my own personal Freedom Bird. It was personal because one of the oft pointed out … Continue reading

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I Hate Your Blue Eyes

The whole damned country was in an uproar with civil unrest by 1970; what with assassinations, race riots and anti-war/anti-draft protests; not to mention the Women’s Libbers on the move. The Army at Ft. Riley was in a general state … Continue reading

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The Cleanest Ears

“You have the cleanest ears I’ve ever seen.” That’s what she told me; that’s what she said. She, of course, was a young she-male VA doctor. Her comment struck me as a bit odd. Upon further rumination however, it seems … Continue reading

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Thank You for Caring

In response to your enquiry: NONE OF YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS! One can only assume by the flag image plus the Service Cap in silhouette and the fact that the seminar is to be held at the War Memorial that this … Continue reading

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NCOIC – TPP3A – A Vignette of Army Life, Việt Nam

They already had it in for me. The Company got a heads-up the IG was coming. Beforehand, and in anticipation thereof, our platoon sergeant, Sgt. Proctor, assigned me the task of auditing all six of our Rat Pack gunship platoon’s … Continue reading

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