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Thank you for your service
cowboy38231 Member Posts: 851 ✭✭✭✭
edited February 2010 in US Military Veteran Forum
My father is a Vietnam veteran, so I am interested in the history and stories of the war. I was just reading through the posts and wanted to thank each and every one of you. Dad was in the Marines at Marble Mnt. in '67 and '68. He was a gunner in a CH-53 and was also an electrician in the avionics shop and in the flight crew. He was with HMH-463. If I remember correctly, he said he flew into Khe Sanh about 36 times during the seige. Here is a photo taken by one of his buddies while they were there. I probably have several more if ya'll are interested in seeing them. Again, thank you all. I hope ya'll don't mind me hanging out in here once in a while.
With the quality of men we had in service at the time - I am convinced we could have won the war within 12 months after conclusion of the Tet Offensive, the enemy was beaten. If the President had the balls to let the military run the show completely, we could have hammered the north the way a prize fighter uses a vicious counter punch. Instead, Vietnamisation gave the President a way out of Vietnam that left many veterans who had lost friends wondering "what was it all for, what did my friend die for?"
To All Vietnam Veterans - Don't ever hang your head in shame. You were collectively the finest fighting force in the world at the time. While you may have had your nose bloodied on occasion, you never lost a battle. With a kill ratio of 15 to 1 and total enemy killed above 3 million, as soldiers you certainly did your part towards ensuring a victory. As an American citizen I am honored whenever I stand in the presence of any veteran, however, that being said I am especially proud of our Vietnam veterans who gave so much and received so very little in return. God Bless all of our veterans.
Give your father a big Oorah! for me.
Tell your dad thanks for going and serving in a forgotten war!