I was born in North Jersey but grew up in Viet Nam. It was the hardest, scariest, yet most meaningful experience of my life and continues to shape my world view, attitude and value system. The hardest part was coming home. Many old friends were children. The ones that served seemed to have grown past the rest, even if they did not see Scenic Southeast Asia. Family didn’t want to hear it. If you weren’t there, you don’t get it. Even a lot of folks who were there don’t get it.
In 2000, while cruising “www.classmates.com” military section, I stumbled across my LRRP/Ranger Company Commander, then CPT Dale Dickey. He put me on to a few guys that served with us and I found myself at my first reunion of “E” Company, 50th Infantry (ABN)(LRP)/”E” Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. The reunion screwed me up for weeks and probably cost me the love of my life but eventually they helped me to, finally, come home and accept who and what I was. Thank you, Col. Dale Dickey, Col. Clancy Matsuda, Col. Rick Stetson, Col. Bill Anderson and 1LT Tom Deutchlander and all of the officers and men who keep it alive for all of us and give us the assurance that we were and are not in this alone. You can visit the LRRPs at www.9thdivisionlrrp.com. Sign the guest book. It makes “Jonsey”, our web master, happy, and that makes me happy.
Wars are made by governments but fought by the creme de la creme of our youth. I’d like, just once, to see some of the fat old bastards in Washington walk patrol… just once. I am still furious at that dick head, John Kerry and his pal, Hanoi Jane Fonda. Oh, well. Takes all kinds, I guess.
This exercise in free speech is dedicated to getting you to think. Yea, you know… that thing you’re supposed to do inside your head??? If you visit here regularly and do not have the urge to threaten me or one of my contributors, I have failed my mission. However, fortunately, I don’t care. The secondary purpose is to get ME to think. If at least one comment a week does not piss me off, I will be very disappointed. I will edit totally offensive language but I will try to convey your intent. As much as is possible, I will give a forum to anyone who has the intelligence to present a cogent argument… even Democrats and Republicans. (I will keep score.) I would like any contributor to rate themselves as to their political stance. Use “0” for the middle of the road, +10 for Attilla the Hun and -10 for Karl Marx. -20 for Barack Obama. There is no connotation to the “+ -” thing. Just an arbitrary differentiation. Me? Honestly, I figure I’m probably +3, in reality. Remember, that you can assume nothing on here is actually someones true opinion. This is a thought exercise. Don’t go calling Homeland Security if my buddies, Ahmed or Hussien Jane or Col. Harder, seem to be going over the edge. It is all in the spirit of an intellectual thought exercise. This is my therapy but you can play, too.