War Stories of Vietnam
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The Vietnam War: First Person Perspective
My father was in Vietnam while serving in the Army so, some of this information came from his stories. Some of these facts, thoughts and opinions also come from years of acquiring bits and pieces of information about the realities of this war. Most of the stories were bad and filled with sadness and loneliness.
First and foremost, Any soldier who fights in any war is a hero due to the fact that they risk their lives protecting our country. Plain and simple. Having said that a war can be fought for the wrong reasons and in some cases can probably be avoided.
Training: The six weeks of training in the Army consisted of 5 AM running and drills among other things. Always practicing and sometimes for 12-14 hours per day. Not to mention those that had to pull kitchen patrol or cleaning the latrines. Many of the soldiers would become sharpshooters or marksmen based on their shooting accuracy after constantly practicing by shooting at targets. Many of the exercises such as crawling in the mud underneath barbed wire trains you and prepares you for the reality of war. It's already scary because once basic training ended these military men have to leave America and head to Vietnam in enemy territory.
Vietnam and Laos: The heat was terrible and many American soldiers suffered heat strokes. The rain came down in the jungles with heavy force and it actually hurt as it hit soldiers. The scariest part is actually fighting the war because you can never relax. At every turn the enemy could be in your face. You meet soldiers who were drafted just like you and become friends. The facts are some of the military men that you met and befriended die in battle and either you are killed, witnessed your comrades in arms being killed and/ or killed people yourself. These facts mean that the horrors of war stay with these brave servicemen until their death.
Many people across America disagreed with the war in Vietnam but irregardless we should salute and honor those who fought and those who died for our country in the military. It was a hard situation and the men and women of the Armed Services served their country respectably.
During the conflict in Vietnam it was commonplace to hear gunfire and explosions all around. No matter how tough you are it's a scary situation being in the middle of a war zone with death at your door. Many people disagreed with the war and many of the soldiers in Vietnam disagreed as well. At the same time when their country called they answered the call. It takes a brave man to go to war knowing you can be killed or seriously injured at any time during combat.
This war was fought from 1956 until 1975 between the U.S. and North Vietnam. It covered Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Hand to hand combat was a common occurrence during this jungle war. The United States fought in packs and used lots of air strikes to hit their targets.
It is estimated that over 58,000 United States Military solders died fighting in this war.
* Please share any Vietnam war stories you may have with me in the comments box located at the bottom of this page.
Top Vietnam War Films
Full Metal Jacket
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Born on The 4th of July
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Top Vietnam Video Games
Platoon- Platoon the film stars Charlie Sheen and it's based on the conflict in Vietnam The game features your character as a U.S. Army soldier fighting the war in Vietnam. It has good music and cut scenes strait from the film. The game play is somewhat addictive. It was released for the Nintendo Entertainment system. (NES) It was released in 1987 and a remake was later produced in 2002. Another very successful Vietnam game was Call of Duty: Black Ops which was released for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 video game systems.
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To all the soldiers who died during the war, all the surviving veterans and to the all the prisoners of war and military servicemen that remain missing in action we salute you and honor your efforts for our country. I would recommend bringing a family member or friend who served during Vietnam at least once to The Memorial.
The Vietnam War Memorial is located in Washington, DC. The memorial is broken down into three sections. The main part is the Vietnam War Memorial Wall that is filled with the names of the men who have died or missing in action. The second part is the Three Soldiers statue and the last part is the Women's War Memorial. The War Memorial Wall is inside what is called Constitution Gardens.
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Pay It Forward
My father and mother-in-law went to Chili's and my father in law had his Vietnam Veterans cap on an he has had his meal paid for on several occasions. He is told thank you for your service a lot. This really makes him proud. After him having a stroke, I get the impression by just watching him, that he does not feel like he has a lot to give. He gets the same respect from patrolled officers.
We should re-pay our veterans (if we can), it is a nice gesture to let them know your appreciation. You can also remain anonymous. Just you and the server have to know.
Locations of Vietnam Conflict
The History Channel: The Vietnam War
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