Every year on this date, I reflect on "Peace" in Vietnam, achieved by a document from the Paris Peace Talks after years of negotiations, and years of war. Actually, I think about the Vietnam "Conflict" somehow almost daily. My twenty West Point classmates who died as a result of the war weigh heavy on my heart frequently. As a veteran of the Conflict, I pray that we, as a nation, learned something that makes the losses and expense worthwhile. I still can't tell if we did. What do you think?
I've blogged about this before, including: peace-in-vietnam-39th-anniversary
38th-anniversary cease fire in Vietnam
Memorial Day, Grief and The Wall ,
Memorial Day: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Below are some of the images that remind me of various aspects of my year in Vietnam serving as a helicopter pilot, instructor pilot, maintenance officer and other roles in the Aviation Section of the 45th Engineer Group. I took almost all of these, except those with me in the picture. Included are Vietnam 45th engineer Group venues in I Corps (we flew for our three battalions and Group HQ), Saigon, The Bob Hope USO Show on Christmas Eve 1970, R&R in Sidney, Australia, Khe Sanh during Lam Sanh 719, and a few faces of Vietnam- my favorite of which are the Montagnards with cross-bows).