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27 June 2011

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11B40

And now it's PFC Nunez's turn to be the "walking, talking miracle".

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Nancy K

Col Lang, if a president, any president asked our troops what they wanted, what would they say? "It's worthless and it's never going to end" is a mantra but if these soldiers could suddenly have a say in what they were putting their lives on the line for, what do you think they would say? Would they want to leave or continue or just not be lied to.

ked

cogent, Col.
in the Deep South, a popular observation over the past 20 yrs has been "ain't nothin' but a thang..." & "it don't mean shit". I guess existentialism is experienced more than understood. for some reason, my own reaction was recall of this VN War era tune...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE_gIPevPG4

VietnamVet

Colonel,

Thanks.

For this reason the troops are coming home. Corporate Propaganda about Warriors does not work for anyone who’s been or knows Grunts.

This morning news radio started talk about ending Postal Service. Shortly letters will be mailed to Social Security recipients that their checks will stop if Congress does not raise the debt limit. The Housing Market outside of DC is dead. The USA cannot afford trillion dollar wars that never end.

The Elites will try to keep the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars going with Contractors. But, without American troops stationed in country, the thousands left behind will be either overrun or Congress will cut off their funding.

Patrick Lang

NancyK

They don't ask to be released from the Inferno. The worse it gets the more dangerous they are to the enemy or anyone else who acts like an ass. pl

flite

For me it is a scab that never seems to heal, even after four decades.

Today once again, you have picked away at that old sore scab.

But truly, it is not your fault. Indeed, it don't matter. It don't mean nothing. It ain't no thang.

Patrick Lang

flite

Did you fight there? If you did, it was probably the central event of your life. You should not expect your wound to heal. pl

flite

pl, I did. Although I had it relatively easy compared to many who fought there.

For many years I was able to mostly compartmentalize it. Now as I age, it all keeps on coming back, little by little. And as you correctly imply, it always will I suppose.

Patrick Lang

flite

We are like the Fisher King. pl

flite

Yes, Col. Perhaps we are.

Paul Escobar

Flite,

You have a great website.

The chronological organization gives the site the feel of an actual book. The stories are long enough to be meaningful, & concise enough to accommodate people from my ADD afflicted Twitter generation.

Thanks for sharing!

ked

& so on it goes...
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/06/27/francis-roy-canada-soldier-kandahar_n_885738.html

YT

世の中を 憂しとやさしと おもへども 飛び立ちかねつ 鳥にしあらねば

I feel the life is / sorrowful and unbearable / though / I can't flee away / since I am not a bird.

Yamanoue no Okura (山上 憶良)

Cloned Poster

Well done flite on mastering the interwebs and providing a great historical account.

I wonder if you ever post on

http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news-13/

flite

Paul E.,

Thank you for your kind words.

Mj

Flite

Nice site.

What you are describing may well be late onset PTSD

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/ptsd-older-vets.asp

As my dad aged it got worse to the point that that crummy "Pearl Harbor" movie deeply disturbed him bringing back memories of his years in the Pacific. While there may well have been folks who had it worse I wouldn't underestimate the cumulative impact of 197 combat missions.

flite

Mj,
Thank you for that. And perhaps there is some truth in what you say. All who have as they say, "seen the elephant" will forever be affected in some way.

My memory of a few specific missions will always linger, I suppose. But the only time I was ever really affected in decades hence was four years ago at a local community 4th of July celebration with lots of fireworks.

The fireworks suddenly and unexpectedly, really got to me... they looked like SAMs and AAA. Bad memories. I turned away. But the loud reports (which I could not even hear back then in Vietnam) even rattled me further. I had to leave while apologizing to my wife who stayed, and I went home somewhat shaken. Fortunately for the past three years, those same fireworks no longer bother me. I'm OK. I'm lucky. Many are not. Nevertheless I will always, forever, remember....

Mj

flite

A couple of summers ago my wife and I were wandering around a wildlife management area on Eisto Island. We came out of a tree line and onto a path on a dike and I said whoa, this looks like a place time in the Mekong Delta that is burned in my brain. Later I searched some youtube videos and found one of an AF airstrike on a tree line in the Delta and showed it to her. "Oh my" was about all she mustered.

Thomas

flite,

During your Christmas CAP, was it a conscious tactical decsion for the attacking flights to come in with their lights on?

By the way your taunting runs over the AAA school probably earned a medal and promotion for the man who brought in those 85mm guns.

Nice site.

Thomas

Sir,

Speaking of Christmas, when talking with the adversarial survivors of Song Be, did you meet the man who started your Christmas light show? If so, was he Roman Catholic too?

Patrick Lang

Thomas

No. We captured men from those battalions in Fenruary and March 1969 but so far as I know not those men. The Vietnamese generally like Christmas.

What is "flite's" site? pl

Medicine Man

http://flitetime.net

The link is in his signature, Col.

DanM

Col.,
You've probably got a bunch of answers already, but you just have to click on flites name, which takes you here: http://flitetime.net/

optimax

flite's site.

http://flitetime.net/

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