" He died far away, before his time, but as a soldier
and for his country."
-- from the poem Clifton Chapel, by Henry Newbolt
This page is dedicated to the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces of The United States of America. No fifties web site would be complete without a mention of these Veterans, primarily WW II Veterans who without them the 1950's might have had a entirely different outcome. These men and women fought and suffered gravely, men like my Father, men who were not career soldiers but simply freedom loving individuals who saw the threat and answered the call to arms. Such has been the case throughout American History.
Freedom is never easy or free. Many have accepted the responsibility and suffered and died to preserve a way of life like no other on the face of the world. This then is a reflection and remembrance of the brave souls who have insured that the Stars and Stripes may proudly fly over the Land of the Free, as a symbol to all freedom loving people everywhere.
"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much. Never have the consequences of their misunderstanding been so tragic." ~Nixon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I served in the Army for four years. I served one year in Pleiku, Vietnam 1968-69 with the 330th RRC.(Radio Research Company) and two and a half years with The National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Maryland. I was with what was known then as the Army Security Agency. (Military Intelligence) I had a Top Secret Security Clearance. I celebrated my 21th. birthday in Siagon while waiting my assignment.
My job in Vietnam was interception and decryption of hostile radio communications between Hanoi to the NVA (North Vietnam Army) regulars and the Viet Cong forces. We had our "ears" everywhere, even "unofficially" Cambodia. We worked 12 hours on, 12 hours off, 7 days a week. Little time to think about much else. Once messages were decoded, they were relayed on to the Command HQ of the areas affected. Some messages were relayed further to Siagon HQ, or Stateside to the NSA or Pentagon. Our unit received several unit citations, for advance warnings to friendly military convoys of possible attack. We were one of the first units to spot NVA Tanks pushing in from Cambodia during the TET offensive.
I like to think that through our efforts we saved many American lives. Sadly not all of them. Too many were lost due to unclear goals and policies which are still being debated today. None of this diminishes the fact the Soldiers (men and women) who served in this conflict were outstanding in every way.
Throughout my travels on the Internet I have run across many Military and Patriotic sites. Nowhere is the feeling of patriotism more alive then here. I'm not sure why that is, maybe it's because it's easy to link like minded souls on the internet. I have listed several sites below. These links will take you to many more. One of these sites is Laura's Veterans for a Change. Laura teaches kids and spearheads others to teach kids what it means to be a Veteran and what a Veteran is. This is something that can be done right now today.
The MIA/POW issue will not go away and I salute those who keep fighting this issue. However I reflect here that there are still MIA's from both WW II and Korea. What about those? Is it even possible to have full accounting? I for one don't believe there are any American POW's still being held, this would serve no purpose, unless those responsible were to make this fact known. I may be alone in thinking this way. Forgive me for saying that it is possible that a few of the MIA's left SE Asia years ago and are possibly living in Switzerland, Denmark or Canada. This would not be that hard to do. I don't understand why no one is talking about this possibility. Many G.I.'s were not at all happy about being there. Sorry to bring it up here but it's something I think about a lot. If you think otherwise feel free to email and explain why I'm wrong, but please, no cover-up or conspiracy theories. You need to defend your position with a few facts. I will listen to all viewpoints.
He has accepted the responsibility and the struggle to secure the freedom for all. The next time you see the flag of the United States of America, think of the men and women who have struggled, suffered and died to make sure it continues to fly. A symbol of freedom for all people everywhere.
God Bless you all and God Bless America!"
-Don Dean, Vietnam Veteran Aug 1997 and former Loti.com owner
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