Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Smithsonian Channel- 'Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25'



This program will be streamed live on the Smithsonian Channel website (www.smithsonianchannel.com) concurrent with its High Definition premiere on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. You can get all the information on it here.

My first trip home from Viet Nam:

I extended my tour in Viet Nam and went back to the states for a months leave before going back over and doing another 6 months there. On the flight home, from Seattle to St. Louis, where I would switch flights, I sat next to a young lady and her daughter. The Mom was maybe just a few years older than me. I was on the plane before they were, so they didn't see me before I took my Dress Greens jacket off and folded it under the seat. I guess they thought I was some sort of yuppie, with short hair and wearing a tie. We chatted and I enjoyed playing games with the little girl, maybe 6 or 7. I've always had a soft spot for kids and still do, having grown daughters of my own and four grandsons now. Like I said, it was a pleasant and enjoyable flight. We landed at St. Louis to change planes; they going their way and me mine. After the plane stopped and we were all getting up to go, I reached down, picked up my Army Dress Jacket and put it on. The woman grabbed her daughter and jerked her back from me, yelling out, "get away from that killer!" loud enough for most everyone on the plane to hear and turn around to see. She then ran out of the plane pulling her daughter behind her. No one said a word, just went on about their business.

Any Viet Nam Vets reading this feel free to add your memories of coming home, good or bad.

4 comments:

Roger W. Gardner said...

Thank you Lew for posting this incredible and moving indictment of an America consumed by leftist lies, and our warrior heroes who suffered because of this gross stupidity.

We will never forget that unforgivable injustice, and we will not let that ever happen again. This time we're fighting back. This time their Communist propaganda won't work. This time we'll remember America and honor those who put their young lives on the line to protect it.

We thank you Lew, and we thank all of those other brave Vietnam Vets for what you suffered over there, and maybe even more for what you suffered so unjustly here.

Respectfully,
Roger G.

Lew Waters said...

Thanks, Roger. It is important that our returning heroes not receive such a hostile homecoming again.

Perhaps, guilty consciences is why the Wall is the only Memorial where objects are left behind for the fallen.

raven said...

The people who gave me a hard time when I came home were right wingers and WWII vets that thought we were pussies. I never had any long hair, protester or college student express anything to me except they wanted the wasteful, stupid war ended.

Lew Waters said...

Yeah, uh huh, sure.