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Our Brave Men of the Green Beret

Updated on January 31, 2014

My wife was born in battle

Men just like these saved her life.
Men just like these saved her life. | Source

Tet is our holiday.

I am married to a Vietnamese woman. And this is part of our story.

Remembrance and New Beginnings

It is on our calender today that it is Tet. Today in our house it is the equivalent of New Year's Day and we great each other with chuc mung nam moi. There are a ton of traditions that go with this holiday and they are mostly to do with giving reverence to others. I will give a few here and by no means suggest they are correct or universal for Vietnamese. Think of California where the north is totally different than the south and where we have city traditions and country traditions and coastal traditions and inland traditions and do not forget all our borders from Mexico to Oregon. To say that there are variations in traditions would be a great understatement.

Let us start with a remembrance of mine and take it from there.

My father in law was a best friend for several years and then died horribly in a motorcycle to bike accident. It was a great loss. Of a great man. My wife's father. It was said that he jumped out of a perfectly well flying machine over 100 times to scout and lead American Green Berets. (take my word for two things, he never said so and there ain't no records)

He is a hero. And it is an honor to have known him. A full honor to have his daughter as my wife and his grandson as my son, whose Vietnamese name is My San which means American Saint. After his capture after his last jump left his leg shattered and left behind. His wife quickly put my wife in hiding from the overrun of Saigon in 1975. My wife was one years old.

How could life sewn such a twisted fate.

Thriving and growing today

Our country and I am proud of my country's role there.
Our country and I am proud of my country's role there. | Source

No Smoke being blown here.

Let me just tell it straight. I enlisted to fight in Vietnam, but some yahoo figured out I was only seventeen. I also protested the war and was arrested for such in 1972. I have always hated violence that was impersonal like battle. But I felt a duty to die with those who had not a choice, or maybe save someone. That is plenty about me.

Green Beret are different than you and me. They have what we do not. They are Sine Pari "without equal".

Perhaps they have women now but I imagine they would be not public. Think of these people as skilled in warcraft and James Bond stuff and culture and linquistics and psychological warfare.

Please just think about these folks

We pay homage to them on this day of Tet. Please just think about there sacrifice.

I live in a town of soldiers and I see them with arched and proud backs from 22 to 82. They have respect and dignity. On this day of the Tet offensive remember


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathleen My San and I have a ritual morning hug, well many hugs, we will put one extra in for you this morning.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MG Singh, you bring your strength of character with you and onto these pages. Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa thank you. They do honor us. And so we should reciprocate.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My San - Amen. The Vietnam War is remembered with so much distain, we forget those who simply did their duty without a political agenda. My San indeed.

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      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      A a soldier and airman I greatly appreciate your post

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - Thank you for honoring your father in law and the Green Berets. There are so many unsung and unthanked heroes. I guess there always will be. Thank you for sharing this slice of your life with us. Theresa

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi and yes they are still active. Truly they are Army (SF) Special Forces. We do not talk about them much here as we are a naval town with a SEAL training spot around Coronado.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I always heard of the Green Berets but never knew about them until now. Are there still Green Berets today? How are they different from Seals, Marines, etc?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill. I like to remember when I write that it is by right. And these guys gave it and keep it for us. Long live freedom of speech!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They have something I do not and will always have my admiration. Thanks for writing this Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think you are right. Thank you for the read and comment.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I definitely don't think Veterans and other military men truly get the credit and appreciation that they deserve, at least here in the US. Great article!


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