Sunday, 13 July 2008

1965 -2008 : Remember Vietnam...


In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war,
but it wasn't.
It was different in many ways, as so were
those that did the fighting.
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26...
In Vietnam it was 19.

(TV announcer's voice)
The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today
25 miles west of Saigon
-I really wasn't sure what was going on (Vet's Voice)

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served
a twelve month tour of duty but
was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday

Hundreds of Thousands of men who saw
heavy combat in Vietnam were arrested
since discharge. Their arrest rate is
almost twice that of non-veterans of
the same age.
There are no accurate figures of how many of
these men have been incarcerated.
But, a Veterans Administration study
concludes that the greater of Vets
exposure to combat could more likely
affect his chances of being arrested
or convicted.
This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

(Singing Girls)

All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen..
Destruction of men in their prime
whose average was 19

After World War II the Men came home together
on troop ships, but the Vietnam
Vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference
between World War II and Vietnam was
coming home.. .none of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a heroes welcome,
none of them, none of them

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans
suffered from what Psychiatrists call
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to Ten years after coming home almost
eight-hundred-thousand men are
still fighting the Vietnam War

(Soldiers Voice)
When we came back it was different..
Everybody wants to know "How'd it
happened to those guys over there"
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home
All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it?

Paul Hardcastle

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