Who is to Blame for the War in Vietnam?

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Missing:  John Keith Lender, 65, US Air Force Vietnam. only son and had 6 sisters; last seen in Las Vegas or in Florida.  If you know the person described, contact:  gregas, Durango, ColoradoHelp find John Keith Lender, 65, and send a message to gregas, Durango, Colorado regarding his status.
Missing:  John Keith Lender, 65, US Air Force Vietnam. only son and had 6 sisters; last seen in Las Vegas or in Florida.  If you know the person described, contact:  gregas, Durango, Colorado
Missing: John Keith Lender, 65, US Air Force Vietnam. only son and had 6 sisters; last seen in Las Vegas or in Florida. If you know the person described, contact: gregas, Durango, Colorado
Help find John Keith Lender, 65, and send a message to gregas, Durango, Colorado regarding his status.
Help find John Keith Lender, 65, and send a message to gregas, Durango, Colorado regarding his status.

Why I am sad

Reading gregas’ hub about Treatment of Viet Nam Vets, I thought would bring happiness deep in my heart to know that he and all soldiers, dead or alive regardless of nationality, were received at home with respect and honor. But, I am sad because according to him, the finger is even pointed at them as the ones who started the trouble.

Gregas: American soldiers who survived in Vietnam wished death

Gregas lamented the fact that when they went home after serving the war in Vietnam their troops was not afforded due respect, According to him, it seemed as if they were to blame for the start of the Vietnam war. The American. public looked up to them with disdain, thinking that the Vietnam War would not have escalated without the interference of the American soldiers. Gregas further disclosed the fact that those who survived the onslaught in Vietnam and were able to come home wished death had claimed them rather than come back and live with the kind of bad treatment afforded them upon their arrival home.

Are American Vietnam vets to blame?

If there were unpopular issues, policies and pronouncements as regards the Vietnam War, shall we put the blame on these poor boys who are nothing but pawns so we can enjoy world peace?

Gregas pointed out in his hub something about a fellow soldier JOHN KEITH KENDER who is the object of this hub and who in 1964 joined the US Air Force at age 18, Kender, said gregas, could have been psychologically affected by the horrors and atrocities of the Vietnam War that when he returned home he was far from his old self:

A big negative change happened to John, he disappeared without a word

John after his return from the Vietnam War was a different John. He was not in his usual self. Most of the time, he was withdrawn. He kept to himself, a far cry from what he did before joining the US air force. He easily gets irritated and lost his temper more often. His sisters greatly noticed the big negative changes that happened to him after his stint in Vietnam. His sisters testified he would get angry with the least provocation and would flare up any moment The bad spirit in him got worse with time. The gentle and loving brother John that he was known to his sisters, vanished. His attendance to family functions gradually lessen and lessen. He withdrew to his shell more and more He kept his job but lived more like a hermit. Then came the time when he abhorred driving, so he would walk everywhere He disappeared one day without saying a word.

Missing: John Keith Lender, 65, US Air Force Vietnam. If found, contact Gregas, Durango. Colorado

Kender was last known to be in a hotel in Las Vegas but when his sister went there to fetch him, he had already left. Since then his family is looking for him.

Gregas said he had a cue John Keith Kender could be located somewhere in Florida.

To authorities of Florida or other places who knew the whereabouts of this man, please let him know that his family would like him to come home because they loved him or at least let them know he is OK. his mother really needs to know

MISSING: John Keith Lender, 65, US Air Force Vietnam. only son and had 6 sisters; last seen in Las Vegas or in Florida. If you know the person described, contact:gregas, Durango, Colorado

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  • nickmms192093@yahoo.com

Message flagged Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5:37 AM

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Hi Nick,Thank you for the help. I really appreciate it. I am working on getting a picture.Greg

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From: Nicanor Radomes <nickmms192093@yahoo.com>
To: Greg <gkisaliw@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 4:14 am
Subject: Re: Hub of John Keith Kender

Hi! Greg. thank you for the reply. The hub on Kender is now republished on the same URL. It was hold back because of minor correction, now it's okay and published. Here's the title again:
An open Letter to John Keith Kender. You may tell John's mom that we're trying to locate his son''s whereabouts. If you can have his picture post it in your hub for me to copy. Best wishes. NICANOR C. RADOMES

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From: Greg <gkisaliw@aol.com>
To: nickmms192093@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:04 AM
Subject: Hub of John Keith Kender

Hi Nick,My name is Greg and yes, the Viet Nam war was terrible, all wars for that fact.I really appreciate your attempt to help locate John. I went on hubs to see the hub but it says it is "no longer published". As for a picture I will see if one of his sisters have one. His mother is still holding on but fading. I would just like her to be able to see him, or at least know he is OK, before she finally lets go.Again, thank you.Greg

Hub of John Keith Kender

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Hi Nick,My name is Greg and yes, the Viet Nam war was terrible, all wars for that fact.I really appreciate your attempt to help locate John. I went on hubs to see the hub but it says it is "no longer published". As for a picture I will see if one of his sisters have one. His mother is still holding on but fading. I would just like her to be able to see him, or at least know he is OK, before she finally lets go.Again, thank you.Greg

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Hi! Greg. thank you for the reply. The hub on Kender is now republished on the same URL. It was hold back because of minor correction, now it's okay and published. Here's the title again: An open Letter to John Keith Kender. You may tell John's mom that we're trying to locate his son''s whereabouts. If you can have his picture, post it in your hub for me to copy. Best wishes. NICANOR C. RADOMES

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Gregas' hub re search for John Keith Kender. Click 27 Vietnam Vets below

Excerpts from "The Vietnam War"

"The average age of the soldier fighting in Vietnam was nineteen. Given the nature of the war being fought, these young soldiers were vulnerable to psychological damage. It has been estimated that 700,000 of the soldiers who served in Vietnam have since suffered from some form of stress disorder. According to figures published by the Washington State Department for Veteran Affairs, over 100,000 of these soldiers have committed suicide since returning from the Vietnam War.

"The fear of death or serious injury was a constant cause of concern. The belief that the NLF would torture captured US soldiers was another factor in creating stress amongst combat troops.

"One of the main problems for the American soldier serving in Vietnam was caused by the climate. Philip Caputo, a Marine officer, argued: "The climate of Indochina does not lend itself to conventional standards of measurement... The only valid measurement was what the heat could do to a man, and what it could do was simple enough: it could kill him, bake his brains, or wring the sweat out of him until he dropped from exhaustion... Relief came only at night, and night always brought swarms of malarial mosquitoes... Mosquito netting and repellents proved ineffective against the horde of flying, creeping, crawling, buzzing, biting things that descended on us... By midnight, my face and hands were masses of welts."

"Combat troops also complained about some of the military decisions made by their officers. One of the most controversial battles that took place during the Vietnam War was the one fought for 'Hamburger Hill'. For ten days 600 men attempted to take this hill from the NLF. By the time they had obtained their objective, 476 of the US troops had been killed or wounded. After holding the hill for a day, Lieutenant-Colonel Weldon Honeycutt, the commander responsible for the operation, ordered the men to withdraw.

"US soldiers were so angry about these unnecessary deaths that money was raised to pay for the assassination of Honeycutt. Shortly after the assault on 'Hamburger Hill', the soldiers' underground newspaper in Vietnam offered a $10,000 bounty on Honeycutt. Despite several attempts on his life, Honeycutt survived.

"It has been admitted that between 1969 and 1971 there were 730 attempts by US soldiers to kill unpopular officers, of which 83 were successful. However, these figures only take into account the cases that were reported and investigated. It has been estimated that the actual figures were very much higher than this".

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Nick, I want to thank you for your help on this. FYI, John is now almost 60. He still has not been heard from and his mother would really love to see him or at least know he is OK. Again, thank you. Greg


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nick071438 5 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

You're welcome, Greg. I've done some editing and added excerpts about the Vietnam War to inject interest to our readers. Just let me know re important events.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Nick, Again, thank you for your efforts. Maybe the exerpts you added will help people understand a little better what our troops coming back from Viet Nam went through and what so many of them had to deal with. I did click on the source you included. Very powerful information that I didn't know about Viet Nam and how it all came about and where and why it escalated into the fiasco it did. I have finished the whole thing but I will. Thank you. Greg


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

My admiration and compliments to both of you for your great efforts in this case. I do hope you succeed.

Best Wishes. voted up.


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nick071438 4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

It's so nice to hear words of encouragement from you. Thanks for the visit.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Nick, Just so you know, I am still looking for John. And Albion, thank you too. I do appreciate the concerns. Greg


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nick071438 20 months ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

Hello, gregas

It's Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Happy New Year to you and your family! Any word from you and about John as well. Nick.


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gregas 20 months ago from Corona, California.

Hi Nick, They did locate Nick. He was living in Albuquerque, NM and is now in a care center there. I haven't had the opportunity to talk to him. But they say he can't make a lot of sense anyway. Thank you for the concern. Greg.


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nick071438 20 months ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines Author

Thanks Lord, you've shown his relatives the way. That JOHN has finally reconnected is enough consolation for those who care for him. Greg, you may tell me more about him, if ever you've the opportunity to meet him. I wish him well and I know God will do something good for him.

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