i was not there but my father and grandfather was both there. very pround of them and all of you. god bless the USA and our armed forces. we are free because of all of you. and for that i thank you all. and we need to let you no this everyday.
Yes,USS Coral Sea CVA-43. Our Squadron Pilots were the Brave Ones. My biggest battle was,the PROTESTERS,when we got back to the STATES. Our own people,figure that.But with people like Jane Fonda,oh well, gotta let it go......Aint I Proud..............GOOD LUCK
Enlisted, not drafted, in Infantry in 1966 and discharged in 1969. Went through basic at Ft. Benning with Ranger cadre, which was the most difficult thing I ever did in my life. Became a drill sergeant at Ft. Knox. Knox basic was much easier than Benning.
I was not deployed to Viet Nam. Why, I don't know. Became transportation officer in 1967 and worked training Viet Nam Air Force types in logistics at Ft. Eustis, VA in 1968-1969. Was asked to re-enlist and offered promotion if I would serve a tour in Viet Nam in 1969. By then, I had come to my senses and left the Army.
Served three years in a reserve unit, 1969 - 1972, to help pay for college. Served as a company commander and a public information officer.
I used to feel that I was cheated and should have been deployed to Viet Nam. That was my original (and foolish) goal. I now believe that God was watching over me. I lost many friends in that war.
Today, I would caution against going to war too fast, without a good strategy or an exit plan. I am not saying don't go to war but wars are much easier to start than to finish. Remember the men and women on the ground, and their families, who are paying a heavy price.
Just thought the Navy should be reprsented, HAL-3 Can Tho,69/70, went back to the "World" found it crazy, returned to FASU (Hal-3 suport group)70/April 72. Best duty I had in 20 years in the Navy, it's different whan it's real.
Jim Cunningham AT1 USN Retired
Basic and AIT at Fort Gordon, Jump School at Fort Benning....originally assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, then went into the Special Forces at Fort Bragg.....and finally Vietnam....1966 & 1967.